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Buncombe County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2014: 250,539 (76% urban, 24% rural); it was 206,330 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 42,098
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 23,883
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 60,275
Renter-occupied apartments: 34,431 (it was 25,501 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

33%

Land area: 656 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 382 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Buncombe County: 92.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (29.1%), Educational, health and social services (16.9%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (12.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Buncombe County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (84.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (6.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.0%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • Asian alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 120,655  (48.2%)
Females: 129,884  (51.8%)
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Buncombe County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Buncombe County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $46,431 ($36,666 in 1999)

This county:

$46431
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $735 (lower quartile is $535, upper quartile is $943)
This county:

$735
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $193,500 (it was $102,200 in 2000)
Buncombe:

$193,500
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $120,300 - $295,800

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $278,735
Here:

$278,735
State:

$219,576

Townhouses or other attached units: $217,339
Here:

$217,339
State:

$173,086

In 2-unit structures: $217,851
Here:

$217,851
State:

$165,738

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $171,268
Here:

$171,268
State:

$149,371

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $187,555
Here:

$187,555
State:

$175,668

Mobile homes: $72,404
Here:

$72,404
State:

$64,697

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $652,076
Here:

$652,076
State:

$131,724
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,257
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $366

Institutionalized population: 4,085

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 12
  • Robberies: 30
  • Assaults: 119
  • Burglaries: 980
  • Thefts: 1369
  • Auto thefts: 261
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Health of residents in Buncombe County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
77.9% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
50.2% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
72.4% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
66.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 163 pounds. This is about average.
38.0% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1559 buildings, average cost: $238,800
  • 2008: 1011 buildings, average cost: $231,700
  • 2009: 621 buildings, average cost: $215,100
  • 2010: 604 buildings, average cost: $220,000
  • 2011: 543 buildings, average cost: $218,700
  • 2012: 646 buildings, average cost: $211,200
  • 2013: 812 buildings, average cost: $246,700
  • 2014: 901 buildings, average cost: $271,800

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,460 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,235 (0.8%)

Buncombe County household income distribution in 2009 Buncombe County home values distribution Buncombe County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.8%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.5% for Black residents, 30.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.4% for American Indian residents, 32.7% for other race residents, 20.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.8%
Buncombe County:

14.8%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(12.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.3% for Black residents, 29.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.7% for American Indian residents, 29.9% for other race residents, 21.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 38 years old)

Area name: Asheville, NC HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Buncombe County is $522 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $596 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $799 a month.

Cities in this county include: Asheville, Black Mountain, Royal Pines, Swannanoa, Woodfin, Fairview, Weaverville, Biltmore Forest, Avery Creek, Bent Creek.

Buncombe County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Buncombe County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.6 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Kern County, California , Crittenden County, Arkansas , Greene County , Mississippi County, Arkansas , McDowell County , Polk County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.0%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 10,777
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 25.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 7,964 (34% naturalized citizens)

Buncombe County:

3.9%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 3,039
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,345
  • 1985 to 1989: 866
  • 1980 to 1984: 591
  • 1975 to 1979: 422
  • 1970 to 1974: 251
  • 1970 to 1974: 262
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,188

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.4%

Buncombe County marital status for males Buncombe County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 58,706
  • One, attached: 2,519
  • Two: 2,172
  • 3 or 4: 3,385
  • 5 to 9: 4,404
  • 10 to 19: 1,501
  • 20 or more: 3,147
  • Mobile homes: 18,054
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 85

Housing units in Buncombe County with a mortgage: 26,711 (2,745 second mortgage, 4,612 home equity loan, 146 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 16,105

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Buncombe County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant82,696245
Mainline Protestant23,72490
Catholic8,8325
Other4,66826
Black Protestant2,01913
Orthodox4443
None115,753-
Buncombe County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 49
Buncombe County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 21
This county:

0.93 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 111
Buncombe County:

4.90 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 240
This county:

10.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Buncombe County:

8.7%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Buncombe County:

21.2%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.3%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Buncombe County:

Average size of farms: 80 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $18,314
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $755.38
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 37.50%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 39.37%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $19,943
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 18.46%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $30,487
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.78%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 18.36
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 11.81%
Corn for grain: 99 harvested acres
Vegetables: 471 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 117 acres

Earthquake activity:

Buncombe County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 119.2 miles away from Buncombe County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 81.6 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 196.7 miles away from the county center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 191.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 112.4 miles away from Buncombe County center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 116.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North CarolinaSevere Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 25, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1871): February 2, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1871, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • North CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3222): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1553): September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 7, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1546): September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North CarolinaHurricane Fran, Incident Period: September 5, 1996 to October 21, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1134): September 6, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1134, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1087): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North CarolinaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3110): March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North CarolinaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: November 9, 1977, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-542): November 9, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-542, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North CarolinaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: June 25, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-394): June 25, 1973, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-394, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Buncombe County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (27%)
  • United Kingdom (7%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Ukraine (6%)
  • El Salvador (5%)
  • India (4%)
  • Canada (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Buncombe County (%):

  • United States or American (20%)
  • English (14%)
  • German (11%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • Scotch-Irish (7%)
  • Scottish (4%)
  • Italian (2%)

Buncombe County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 78,890 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 12,888 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 682 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 16 (0%)
  • Taxi: 115 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 116 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 219 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,971 (2%)
  • Other means: 505 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 3,731 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Buncombe County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 1,718 people in nursing homes
  • 1,718 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,014 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 465 people in state prisons
  • 457 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 248 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 239 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 154 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 122 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 114 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 111 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 99 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 91 people in other group homes
  • 90 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 52 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 49 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 48 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 34 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 13 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 12 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 11 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 9 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in homes for the mentally ill

People in group quarters in Buncombe County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 2,228 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,980 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 722 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 577 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 575 people in state prisons
  • 446 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 229 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 200 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 198 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 164 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 156 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 48 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 47 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 44 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 40 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 19 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,450.

7.31% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,288 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($216 average AGI)
Buncombe County:

0.04%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

3.08% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($15,139 average AGI)
4.19% relocated from other states ($26,933 average AGI)
Buncombe County:

4.19%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Henderson County, NC  0.65% ($38,845 average AGI)
from Haywood County, NC  0.27% ($38,110)
from Madison County, NC  0.26% ($27,185)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.21% ($35,375)
from Wake County, NC  0.14% ($51,276)
from Jackson County, NC  0.12% ($33,188)
from McDowell County, NC  0.12% ($29,296)


6.22% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,130 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.22%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($237 average AGI)
Buncombe County:

0.03%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

2.85% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($14,705 average AGI)
3.34% relocated to other states ($19,188 average AGI)
Buncombe County:

3.34%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Henderson County, NC  0.77% ($38,312 average AGI)
to Haywood County, NC  0.24% ($31,450)
to Madison County, NC  0.24% ($26,907)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.21% ($32,208)
to Wake County, NC  0.16% ($36,734)
to McDowell County, NC  0.14% ($31,008)
to Greenville County, SC  0.08% ($38,542)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.1

Births per 1000 population in Buncombe County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Buncombe County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Buncombe County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 20.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Buncombe County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Buncombe County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 41,433 (33,690 aged, 7,743 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 6,063 (12%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Buncombe County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2356)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1985)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1867)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1827)
  • Unspecified dementia (1784)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1409)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1408)
  • Congestive heart failure (895)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (776)
  • Chronic ischaemic heart disease, unspecified (766)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.93
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 17963.19
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 472
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 44915.62

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1207.990
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1044.880
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.94

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 43.62
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 106.450

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.51

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 52.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 24.1
  • Other - 28.1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 140.3. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 84.9
  • Poisoning - 26.7
  • Suffocation - 20.7
  • Other - 8.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 230,645
  • In family households: 180,024 (41,916 male householders, 19,121 female householders)
    45,329 spouses, 56,743 children (52,331 natural, 1,709 adopted, 2,703 stepchildren), 4,251 grandchildren, 1,909 brothers or sisters, 1,756 parents, 2,407 other relatives, 5,470 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 50,621 (16,937 male householders (12,477 living alone)), 22,438 female householders (18,145 living alone)), 11,246 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 7,673 (4,085 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 29,948 2-persons, 14,347 3-persons, 10,298 4-persons, 4,148 5-persons, 1,505 6-persons, 791 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 30,622 1-person, 7,040 2-persons, 1,226 3-persons, 333 4-persons, 99 5-persons, 26 6-persons, 29 7-or-more-persons.

29,711 married couples with children.
10,778 single-parent households (2,326 men, 8,452 women).

94.1% of residents of Buncombe County speak English at home.
3.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 26% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
1.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (66% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (70% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,357,481,000 ($6294 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $96,212,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $611,316,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $247,131,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,304,000
Federal grants: $222,613,000
Federal procurement contracts: $107,735,000 ($48,691,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $161,382,000 ($12,399,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $15,570,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $25,882,000
Federal Government insurance: $102,858,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 13,274
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 11,430
Here:

52 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,564
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +8,449
Here:

+39 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Buncombe County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 24.66 millions of gallons per day (6% from ground, 94% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 3,495
  • 2000 to 2004: 25,451
  • 1990 to 1999: 23,253
  • 1980 to 1989: 14,799
  • 1970 to 1979: 13,472
  • 1960 to 1969: 9,785
  • 1950 to 1959: 8,757
  • 1940 to 1949: 4,273
  • 1939 or earlier: 11,282
Rooms in houses/apartments in Buncombe County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 23
  • 2 rooms: 490
  • 3 rooms: 1,595
  • 4 rooms: 8,743
  • 5 rooms: 16,268
  • 6 rooms: 13,858
  • 7 rooms: 8,917
  • 8 rooms: 5,213
  • 9+ rooms: 5,168
  • 1 room: 732
  • 2 rooms: 1,835
  • 3 rooms: 4,090
  • 4 rooms: 8,370
  • 5 rooms: 5,860
  • 6 rooms: 2,806
  • 7 rooms: 1,111
  • 8 rooms: 448
  • 9+ rooms: 249
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Buncombe County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 54
  • 1 bedroom: 1,698
  • 2 bedrooms: 16,722
  • 3 bedrooms: 32,346
  • 4 bedrooms: 7,753
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,702
  • no bedroom: 953
  • 1 bedroom: 5,668
  • 2 bedrooms: 11,899
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,152
  • 4 bedrooms: 672
  • 5+ bedrooms: 157
Cars and other vehicles available in Buncombe County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 2,747
  • 1 vehicle: 17,036
  • 2 vehicles: 26,092
  • 3 vehicles: 10,812
  • 4 vehicles: 2,681
  • 5+ vehicles: 907
  • no vehicle: 3,861
  • 1 vehicle: 12,047
  • 2 vehicles: 7,750
  • 3 vehicles: 1,423
  • 4 vehicles: 263
  • 5+ vehicles: 157

54% of Buncombe County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 38% lived in North Carolina.

Buncombe County:

53.9%
State average:

54.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 124942
  • Northeast: 16260
  • Midwest: 14690
  • South: 35797
  • West: 5005

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $100,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Buncombe County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (34.5%)
  • Electricity (34.4%)
  • Utility gas (18.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.4%)
  • Wood (3.7%)
  • Electricity (46.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (24.7%)
  • Utility gas (22.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.9%)
  • Wood (2.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,970
Here:

9.3%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 738
Here:

7.6%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 2,024
Here:

21.3%
North Carolina:

20.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Buncombe County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $166,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $21,264,000
    Correctional Institutions: $11,394,000
    Other Higher Education: $2,932,000
    Health - Other: $87,000
    General - Other: $77,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $226,883,000
    Health - Other: $83,832,000
    General - Other: $54,180,000
    Other Higher Education: $35,391,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $28,607,000
    Local Fire Protection: $14,956,000
    Police Protection: $9,818,000
    Central Staff Services: $8,703,000
    Correctional Institutions: $8,408,000
    Solid Waste Management: $6,525,000
    Parks and Recreation: $6,254,000
    Financial Administration: $5,553,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $4,733,000
    Libraries: $4,186,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,321,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $266,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $11,013,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Health - Other: $365,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $14,156,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $2,755,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,424,000
    Financial Administration: $738,000
    Other Higher Education: $487,000
    Health - Other: $459,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $266,000
    Parks and Recreation: $130,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $121,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $102,000
    Central Staff Services: $95,000
    Police Protection: $38,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $265,624,000

Buncombe County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $57,616,000
    Solid Waste Management: $6,184,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $5,896,000
    Higher Education - Other: $5,666,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $637,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $556,000
    Parks and Recreation: $64,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,860,000
    General Local Government Support: $369,000
    Education: $289,000
    Health and Hospitals: $184,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $1,731,000
    Highways: $1,229,000
    All Other: $1,103,000
    General Local Government Support: $728,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,902,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,675,000
    Rents: $880,000
    Sale of Property: $534,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $187,820,000
    Health and Hospitals: $34,071,000
    All Other: $18,951,000
    Public Welfare: $18,513,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,034,000
    Housing and Community Development: $256,000
  • Tax - Property: $136,241,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $54,095,000
    NEC: $9,164,000
    Other Selective Sales: $5,971,000
    Other License: $2,201,000

Buncombe County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $207,047,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $169,637,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $68,125,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $30,716,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $14,965,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $10,310,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $4,655,000

Buncombe County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $56,653,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $116,611,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $10,310,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 4,798
  • Number of aged recipients: 579
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,219
  • Number of recipients under 18: 663
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,060
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,075
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,060
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,089
Buncombe County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Buncombe County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 39 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED549$169,8511,649$214,8005,866$198,050167$128,77814$699,429818$221,936191$105,005
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED22$158,68293$197,161356$197,52521$101,3331$326,00058$172,70723$82,870
APPLICATIONS DENIED124$154,089244$202,9671,900$206,012135$146,3632$461,500227$237,912179$86,358
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN78$166,000229$223,2011,250$198,73749$114,4291$21,000,000173$214,15670$89,971
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS25$162,68054$208,778278$208,1047$109,4290$026$206,38512$84,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 38 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED206$226,150116$215,5349$181,4441$86,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED75$243,58759$247,61015$272,0001$63,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED36$261,19424$231,7928$378,5000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN17$227,41219$248,6322$191,5001$63,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$338,7508$265,3751$546,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Buncombe County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James1,58672.4 years
William1,45575.4 years
Mary1,36578.9 years
John1,22075.0 years
Robert96772.4 years
Charles79672.8 years
George61175.2 years
Margaret54379.9 years
Ruth47879.8 years
Helen46279.5 years
Most common last names in Buncombe County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith61876.1 years
Jones47674.9 years
Davis46275.8 years
Williams45575.9 years
Brown39675.7 years
Wilson37375.8 years
Johnson34375.7 years
Miller32576.7 years
Roberts31474.1 years
Moore30175.4 years
Businesses in Buncombe County, NC
NameCountNameCount
AMF Bowling1Kohl's1
AT&T5La-Z-Boy2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lane Bryant1
Ace Hardware3Lane Furniture5
Advance Auto Parts8LensCrafters2
Aeropostale1Little Caesars Pizza5
American Eagle Outfitters1Long John Silver's3
Applebee's3Lowe's4
Arby's6Marriott6
Ashley Furniture2Marshalls1
Audi1MasterBrand Cabinets17
AutoZone2Maurices1
BMW1McDonald's14
Banana Republic1Men's Wearhouse1
Barnes & Noble2Motel 61
Bath & Body Works2Motherhood Maternity2
Baymont Inn1New Balance5
Bed Bath & Beyond1New York & Co1
Best Western1Nike12
Blockbuster5Nissan1
Brooks Brothers1Office Depot2
Budget Car Rental1OfficeMax2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Old Navy2
Burger King7Olive Garden1
CVS12Outback1
Casual Male XL1Outback Steakhouse1
Catherines1Pac Sun1
Charlotte Russe1Panda Express1
Chevrolet2Panera Bread1
Chick-Fil-A4Papa John's Pizza2
Chico's1Payless1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Penske4
Clarion1PetSmart2
Cold Stone Creamery2Pier 1 Imports2
Coldwater Creek1Pizza Hut10
Comfort Inn3Plato's Closet1
Comfort Suites1Quality2
Cracker Barrel3Quiznos2
Curves5RadioShack4
Dairy Queen5Ramada2
Days Inn5Red Lobster1
Decora Cabinetry2Red Roof Inn1
Dennys2Rite Aid5
Domino's Pizza3Rodeway Inn2
DressBarn1Ruby Tuesday1
Dressbarn1Rue211
Dunkin Donuts4Ryan's Grill2
Econo Lodge1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Eddie Bauer1SONIC Drive-In6
Ethan Allen1Sam's Club1
Extended Stay America1Sears3
FedEx51Shoe Carnival1
Finish Line1Sleep Inn2
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Soma Intimates1
Foot Locker1Spencer Gifts1
Ford1Sprint Nextel3
GNC7Staples1
GameStop5Starbucks13
Gap1Subaru1
Goodwill1Subway27
Gymboree1Super 82
H&R Block11T-Mobile10
Hardee's2T.G.I. Driday's1
Havertys Furniture1T.J.Maxx1
Haworth1Taco Bell5
Hilton6Talbots1
Holiday Inn6Target2
Hollister Co.1Tire Kingdom1
Home Depot2Toys"R"Us2
Honda1U-Haul22
Hot Topic1U.S. Cellular10
Howard Johnson1UPS43
Hyundai1Urban Outfitters1
IHOP4Vans2
J. Jill1Verizon Wireless2
J.Crew1Victoria's Secret1
JCPenney1Volkswagen1
JoS. A. Bank1Waffle House7
Jones New York6Walgreens5
Journeys1Walmart4
Justice1Wendy's6
KFC5Wet Seal1
Kincaid4Whole Foods Market1
Kmart4YMCA8

Buncombe County on our top lists:

  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"