Buncombe County NC Information


Buncombe County Subdivisions

Buncombe County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 266,257
Population in Households 258,373
Population in Familes 195,300
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,884
Population Density1 406
Diversity Index2 34


Median Household Income $50,243
Average Household Income $69,649
Per Capita Income $29,733


Total Housing Units 125,637 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 69,735 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 41,403 (33.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,499 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $233,418
Average Home Value $291,244


Total Households 111,138
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 66,599
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 1.35% 1.31%
Households 1.24% 1.25%
Families 1.06% 1.15%
Median Household Income   1.81%
Per Capita Income   2.34%


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, 2018 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 # 76 25th
Median Household Income # 27 74th
Per Capita Income # 18 83rd

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