Marble, North Carolina

Marble is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 321.[3]

Marble, North Carolina
Old Store, Marble, NC (45786664375).jpg
Marble is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°10′30″N 83°55′30″W / 35.17500°N 83.92500°W / 35.17500; -83.92500
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyCherokee County, North Carolina
 • Total1.10 sq mi (2.84 km2)
 • Land1.10 sq mi (2.84 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,680 ft (510 m)
 • Total278
 • Density253.65/sq mi (97.89/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code828
FIPS code37-41220
GNIS feature ID1020542[2]

Marble's elevation is 1,680 feet (510 m) above sea level.[4]


Indigenous peoplesEdit

Before settlement, Cherokee County was home to the Cherokee people, Native Americans that made their home in what are now the southeastern United States (principally Georgia, the Carolinas and eastern Tennessee). They were considered one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" because of their assimilation of European-American cultural and technological practices. This is the origin of the county's name.

County formationEdit

In 1791, Colonel David Vance and General William Lee Davidson presented a petition to the North Carolina House of Commons "that part of Burke County lying west of the Appalachian Mountains praying that a part of said county, and part of Rutherford County, be made into a separate and distinct county." Originally, the bill to create the county had the name "Union", but was changed to "Buncombe" in honor of Col. Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary War hero from Tyrell County. The bill was ratified on January 14, 1792. The new county included most of western North Carolina and was so large it was commonly referred to it as the "State of Buncombe". Approximately 1,000 people lived in the county.[5]

In 1808, the western portion of Buncombe County was separated to form Haywood County. The bill, introduced by General Thomas Love, became law on December 23, 1808, and was official in March 1809.[6]

In 1838, Macon County was formed from the western side of Haywood County.[7] In 1849, Cherokee County was split from Macon County.[8]

Origin of nameEdit

Marble got its name from various marble quarries in the community. Currently, none are functioning, and all have filled with water.

Law enforcementEdit

Marble is served by the town of Andrews Police Department.[9][failed verification]

Crime dataEdit

According to the 2012 Crime Rate Index,[10] Marble was rated a rape crime risk of 131 and a murder crime risk of 111. Marble also scored 81 for vehicle theft and 58 for larceny. All scores are compared to a national average of 100. North Carolina average is 103.[10] With a population of only 321, one event can exaggerate numbers dramatically.[citation needed]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the 2010 Census, there were 321 people,[3] of which 162 were male and 159 were female. The 2010 population density was 293 people per square mile.[12]



19.1% of individuals over the age of 16, are employed in management or professional industries. 19.1% are employed in the service industry, 16.9% are employed in sales or office industries, 14.9% are employed in construction, extraction and maintenance while the remaining 28.3% are employed in production and transportation.

As of 2000, 12.3% of people were below the poverty line.[13]

Household incomeEdit

7.5% make less than $10,000 per year. 11.4% make between $10,000 and $14,999. 27.3% make between $15,000 and $24,999 per year. 14.2% make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 24.5% make between $35,000 and $49,999 per year. 14.2% make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year while the remaining 3.6% make over $75,000 per year.

As of 2000, 1.7% of Marble individuals were unemployed, while median household income was $28,553.[13]


Schools and collegesEdit

Marble is in close proximity to Tri-County Community College which has campuses in Hayesville, Murphy, and Brasstown.[14]

Public educationEdit

The public school system (Cherokee County Schools) is run by the Cherokee County Board of Education.[15]

Children in Marble attended Marble Elementary School at 2230 Airport Road until 2017. This school covered grades pre-K to 5th grade and was given a GreatSchools rating of 3/10.[16]

Since 2017 students from Marble attend Andrews Elementary, Middle and High School in the town of Andrews. As of 2016, the schools both scored 4/10 on GreatSchools.[17][18]



Marble sits on US 19/129/74, which runs northeast-southwest between Andrews and Murphy. Slow Creek Road (141) runs south toward the Murphy Medical Center in Peachtree.


Western Carolina Regional Airport (ICAO: KRHP, FAA LID: RHP), known locally as the Murphy Airport, Andrews Airport, or Andrews-Murphy Airport, is located approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Marble.



Marble is located in the southeastern United States in the far western portion of North Carolina, approximately halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Knoxville, Tennessee.[19] The location in the Blue Ridge Mountains has helped the community retain a rural character, surrounded by wildlife such as bear, deer, and recently reintroduced elk.[20]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Marble CDP has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.[3]


Marble has a humid subtropical climate, (Cfa) according to the Köppen classification, with hot, humid summers and mild, but occasionally cold winters by the standards of the southern United States.[21]

July highs average 85 °F (29 °C) or above, and lows average 55 °F (12.8 °C). Infrequently, temperatures can even exceed 100 °F (38 °C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 48 °F (9 °C), and low of 33 °F (.6 °C).

Like the rest of the southeastern U.S., Marble receives abundant rainfall, which is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year. Average annual rainfall is 55.9 inches (1,420 mm). Blizzards are rare but possible; one nicknamed the 1993 Storm of the Century hit the entire Eastern United States in March 1993.

Climate Data for Marble[22]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average High Fº(Cº)
47.8 (8.8)
52.2 (11.2)
61.1 (16.2)
69.9 (21.0)
77.3 (25.2)
83.3 (28.5)
85.8 (29.9)
85.6 (29.8)
80.7 (27.0)
71.8 (22.1)
61.9 (16.5)
51.4 (10.8)
Average Low Fº(Cº)
24.1 (-4.4)
26.1 (-3.3)
32.9 (0.5)
39.9 (4.4)
49.1 (9.5)
56.8 (13.8)
61.4 (16.3)
60.9 (16)
54.8 (12.7)
41.6 (5.3)
34.2 (1.2)
26.8 (-2.9)
Precipitation Inches(mm)
5.2 (132)
5.2 (132)
6.0 (152.4)
4.6 (116.8)
4.6 (116.8)
4.2 (106.7)
5.5 (139.7)
4.1 (121.9)
3.7 (94.0)
3.3 (83.2)
4.1 (104.1)
4.8 (121.9)


Situated in the midst of the Appalachian Mountains, Marble has a rich heritage, rural character and a colorful population.

Local festivals and celebrationsEdit

The bi-annual Celebration of Flight air show, located at the Andrews-Murphy Airport 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Marble, is a huge presentation of aircraft, both vintage and hi-tech. There are many vendors that sell food, drink, and other festivities.


Historically, religion has been a very important part of Appalachian life. Christianity is predominant in Marble and the surrounding communities. Baptist Christian faiths are well represented here. Some local churches are Marble Springs Baptist Church, Emanuel Baptist Church, Fair-view Church and Kingdom Hall-Jehovah's Witness.


Marble and the surrounding area are served by a few local television stations, numerous local radio stations that broadcast several genres of music, sports, news and talk radio, plus three local newspapers.

A local television station is W31AN (Channel 31) based in Murphy.

Marble is served by eight local radio stations. WCVP-AM (600), WCNG-FM (102.7), and WKRK-AM (1320) are based in Murphy. WCVP-FM (95.9) is in Robbinsville, and WFSC-AM (1050), WPFJ-AM (1480), WFQS-FM (91.3), and WNCC (96.7) are based in Franklin.

The most important newspaper in Cherokee County is the Cherokee Scout which, in addition to Cherokee County, covers Clay County, North Carolina, and Towns County, Georgia. Two other notable newspapers are the Clay County Progress and the Towns County Herald.

Notable peopleEdit

Nearby communitiesEdit

  • Andrews (6 miles (10 km) northeast)
  • Murphy (10 miles (16 km) southwest)


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