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Asheville, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Asheville had a population of 96,409 as of July 1, 2020. 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 35.6009 and longitude -82.554 in Buncombe County. The formal boundaries for the City of Asheville 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.

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


Asheville, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 96,409 (100%)
Population in Households 92,487 (95.9%)
Population in Families 60,693 (63.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,922 ( 4.1%)
Population Density 2,116
Diversity Index2 46


Median Household Income $52,305
Average Household Income $77,540
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $34,765
Wealth Index5 76


Total HU (Housing Units) 48,644 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,328 (43.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,045 (45.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,270 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $266,255
Average Home Value $332,997
Housing Affordability Index3 116


Total Households 43,374
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 21,326
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.41% 1.4%
Households 1.45% 1.45%
Families 1.4% 1.34%
Median Household Income   0.8%
Per Capita Income   1.85%
Owner Occupied HU   1.24%


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, 2020 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 # 11 99th
Population Density # 32 96th
Median Household Income # 272 63rd
Housing Affordability Index # 75 10th
Per Capita Income # 123 83rd
Diversity Index # 407 45th

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