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Asheville Police Department
William Anderson(Chief of Police)
PO Box 7148,
Asheville, NC, 28802
(828)252-1110

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The city of Asheville, also called "Land of the Sky" was incorporated in 1797 and encompasses the following counties: Buncombe. Asheville's government is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Terry Bellamy.

Asheville encompasses land area: 40.9 sq mi (106.0 km2), water area: 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)  0.94%. The elevation is 2,134 ft (650 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 83,393. This equates to a population density of 2,032.15/sq mi (786.02/km2). The local time zone is Eastern (UTC-5).

Local area codes are 828. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 37-02140, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at www.ashevillenc.gov.

Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 11th largest city in North Carolina. The City is home to the United States National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which is the world's largest active archive of weather data. The U.S. Census Bureau determined that Asheville's population in 2010 was 83,393. Asheville is a part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population of which was estimated by the Census Bureau in 2010 to be 424,858.

Before the arrival of the Europeans, the land where Asheville now exists lay within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation. In 1540, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto came to the area, bringing the first European visitors in addition to European diseases which seriously depleted the native population. The area was used as an open hunting ground until the middle of the 19th century.

The history of Asheville, as a town, begins in 1784. In that year, Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled in the Swannanoa Valley, redeeming a soldier's land grant from the state of North Carolina. Soon after building a log cabin at the bank of Christian Creek, Davidson was lured into the woods by a band of Cherokee hunters and killed. Davidson's wife, child and female slave fled on foot to Davidson's Fort (named after Davidson's father General John Davidson) 16 miles away.


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