Leicester (/ˈlɛstǝr/ LES-tər) is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, North Carolina (USA); although incorporating was proposed in 2007, the proposal never passed. Leicester is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2007, Leicester population is 12,514 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 16.26 percent.
Starting in April 1829, a Post Office began operating in the area, then called Turkey Creek. Frontiersman Leicester Chapman purchased a tract of land in the area from the city of Asheville, becoming the Postmaster in 1852. Seven years later, Chapman renamed the area Leicester for the Earl of Leicester, also his own namesake.
Leicester's schools fall within the Buncombe County School District. There are no schools above the elementary level within the area of the township, although middle- and high-schools exist in neighboring communities that are capable of educating the youth of Leicester.
Leicester is located at 35°39′18″N 82°41′47″W / 35.65500°N 82.69639°W, about 10 miles northwest of Asheville. The elevation of Leicester is roughly 2,100 ft.
- ^ 2000 US Census http://www.census.gov
- ^ Leicester History http://www.Leicesternc.com/Leicester_history.php
- ^ School Information http://www.leicesternc.com/School_Information.php
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ Epodunk http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=19429
- Township Website http://www.leicesternc.com
- Powell, William. The North Carolina Gazetteer, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1968