Buncombe County NC Information


Buncombe County Subdivisions

Buncombe County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 259,866
Population in Households 252,140
Population in Familes 189,844
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,726
Population Density1 396
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 108,728
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 65,341
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 122,744 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 68,413 (55.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 40,315 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,016 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $218,045
Average Home Value $277,623


Median Household Income $44,378
Average Household Income $63,140
Per Capita Income $27,082
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.39% 1.4%
Households 1.28% 1.34%
Families 1.1% 1.23%
Median Household Income   2.37%
Per Capita Income   1.69%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Buncombe County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buncombe County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 94th
Population Density1 # 10 91st
Diversity Index2 # 75 26th
Median Household Income # 33 68th
Per Capita Income # 18 83rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.