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 92,066 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 92,066
Daytime Population: Workers 102,075
Daytime Population: Residents 44,811
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 146,886
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.60
Population in Households 88,084
Population in Familes 57,906
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,982
Population Density2 2,032
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $43,368
Average Household Income $65,519
Per Capita Income $29,787


Total Housing Units 45,665 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,635 (43.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,398 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,631 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $226,503
Average Home Value $291,356


Total Households 41,034
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 20,251
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 1.38% 1.38%
Households 1.3% 1.35%
Families 1.29% 1.2%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.44%

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, 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 # 10 99th
Population Density # 33 96th
Diversity Index # 397 46th
Median Household Income # 318 57th
Per Capita Income # 147 80th

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