About the County
Transylvania County, NC, is a nationally renowned destination for outdoor recreation and eco-tourism, performing and visual arts and our diverse local economy. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, we are located on the periphery of the Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greenville-Anderson, SC MSA.
Our community has long been reliant on heavy manufacturing – 26.5% of our workforce is employed in blue-collar industry but our assets have modernized our economy into a rare balancing act of professional, industrial and tourism employment. Transylvania County is proof that industry can excel in the country’s most beautiful places.
Transylvania County has grown by 3.7% over the past 8 years and our employment growth well-outpaces the state and national average. Our community’s positive economic and demographic growth is a result of our unparalleled quality life and strategic location – we are located at the entrance to the busiest National Forest unit in the country (Pisgah National Forest), Nantahala National Forest, Dupont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and the French Broad River.
We are within a day’s drive of all major metros on the eastern seaboard, 20 minutes from the busiest regional airport in the country (Asheville Regional Airport, AVL) and one-hour from the Greer Inland Port Intermodal facility. Transylvania County is the ultimate balance of isolation and accessibility.