Buncombe County NC Information


Buncombe County Subdivisions

Buncombe County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 261,655
Daytime Population: Workers 143,651
Daytime Population: Residents 133,531
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 277,182
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 253,837
Population in Familes 190,553
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,818
Population Density2 399
Diversity Index3 35


Median Household Income $46,263
Average Household Income $66,209
Per Capita Income $28,352


Total Housing Units 123,531 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 68,211 (55.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 41,198 (33.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,122 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $226,132
Average Home Value $284,762


Total Households 109,409
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 65,528
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.3% 1.31%
Households 1.19% 1.26%
Families 0.98% 1.13%
Median Household Income   1.98%
Per Capita Income   2.55%


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, 2017 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 Density # 10 91st
Diversity Index # 75 26th
Median Household Income # 31 70th
Per Capita Income # 18 83rd

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