Asheville, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Asheville, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Asheville is the 10th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 91,276 as of July 1, 2016. Asheville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Asheville is located at latitude 35.571 and longitude -82.5527 in Buncombe County. The formal boundaries for the City of Asheville (see map below) encompass a land area of 45.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.39 sq. miles. Buncombe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,129 feet.

The City of Asheville (GNIS ID: 2403120) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Asheville is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Buncombe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Asheville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Asheville: Biltmore, Kasdu'yi, Keniworth, Montford, Morristown, Ramoth, Sunset Park, Victoria, West Asheville, Woolsey.

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


Total Population 91,276
Population in Households 87,336
Population in Familes 57,643
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,940
Population Density1 2,015
Diversity Index2 45


Total Households 40,682
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 20,158
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 45,269 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,722 (43.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,959 (46.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,587 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $220,810
Average Home Value $285,482


Median Household Income $41,557
Average Household Income $62,132
Per Capita Income $28,308
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.46% 1.47%
Households 1.37% 1.43%
Families 1.42% 1.3%
Median Household Income   1.85%
Per Capita Income   1.66%
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.

Asheville, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Asheville to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 10 99th
Population Density1 # 33 96th
Diversity Index2 # 394 47th
Median Household Income # 329 56th
Per Capita Income # 150 80th

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