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Black Mountain, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Black Mountain had a population of 8,323 as of July 1, 2016. Black Mountain ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Black Mountain is located at latitude 35.615 and longitude -82.3279 in Buncombe County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Black Mountain (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Buncombe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,398 feet.

The Town of Black Mountain (GNIS ID: 2405272) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve 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 Town of Black Mountain is located within Township of Black Mountain, a minor civil division (MCD) of Buncombe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Black Mountain 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 Black Mountain: Grey Eagle, Grey Eagle Mountain.

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


Total Population 8,323
Population in Households 8,028
Population in Familes 6,129
Population in Group Qrtrs 295
Population Density1 1,249
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 3,761
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 2,269
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,354 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,460 (56.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,301 (29.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 593 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $221,110
Average Home Value $279,941


Median Household Income $42,275
Average Household Income $60,323
Per Capita Income $26,917
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.95% 1.06%
Households 0.83% 1.02%
Families 1.61% 0.91%
Median Household Income   1.14%
Per Capita Income   1.51%
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.

Black Mountain, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Black Mountain 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 # 104 86th
Population Density1 # 146 80th
Diversity Index2 # 604 18th
Median Household Income # 315 58th
Per Capita Income # 190 74th

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