Leicester (/ˈlɛstǝr/ LES-tər) is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, North Carolina which is located about 10 miles northwest of Asheville. 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. In 2005 Leicester was ranked #8 Best Places to Live.

The township of Leicester, originally known as Turkey Creek, had a Post Office beginning April 7,1829. The name of the township was changed to Leicester in 1859. The town was named for Leicester Chapman. His father, Robert Chapman, was a captain under the Earl of Leicester and stationed in Wales. Leicester Chapman was named for the Earl of Leicester.

Leicester purchased a tract of land nine miles from Asheville, NC in the area at that time known as Turkey Creek. He established a Stand or Mercantile business and named the area Leicester in honor of his titled godfather the Earl of Leicester. Native countrymen who didn't much care for such a highfalutin name dubbed the place "Lick skillet".



Leicester is a somewhat small town located in Buncombe County and close to Asheville North Carolina. Leicester is the 61st largest community in North Carolina. Its proximity to Asheville makes the Leicester community a great place to live. The residents are close to great shopping, attractions, the Blue Ridge Parkway, numerous parks and the French Broad River.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children. Leicester is worth considering if you are looking for a peaceful place to live with beautiful land and rolling hills and farmland.

Leicester is rural but offers many great options to purchase a home or land. The area has large tracts of land suited for horse farms, cattle farms , small food farms and vacant land for development. The area has new home and established communities with single family homes, condos and townhomes. All in a quite area with great views, beautiful pastures and mountain views.



NEARBY CITY: Asheville NC, Hendersonville, NC

COUNTY: Buncombe

TOWNS: Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Montreat, Waynesville, Weaverville, Woodfin

CENSUS AREAS: Avery Creek, Bent Creek, Fairview, Royal Pines, Swannanoa

UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES: Alexander, Arden, Barnardsville, Candler, Enka, Flat Creek, Forks of Ivy, Jupiter, Leicester, Ridgecrest, Skyland, Stocksville, Swannanoa.


COLLEGE: University of North Carolina Asheville, AB Tech, South College

HIGH SCHOOL: Clyde A. Erwin High School

MIDDLE SCHOOLS: Clyde A. Erwin Middle School

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Leicester Elementary


BUNCOMBE COUNTY ZIP CODES: 28701, 28709, 28715, 28728, 28730, 28732, 28748, 28757, 28770, 28776, 28778, 28801, 28803, 28804, 28805, 28806, 28810, 28813, 28814, 28815, 28816,

LEICESTER COMMUNITIES: Leicester Heights, Leicester Village, Mountain Shadows, Rose Hill Plantation

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Updated: 3rd October, 2022 4:50 AM (UTC).