Asheville, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Asheville, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Asheville had a population of 94,453 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 94,453
Population in Households 90,434
Population in Familes 60,073
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,019
Population Density2 2,085
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $47,205
Average Household Income $69,107
Per Capita Income $31,328


Total Housing Units 46,791 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,150 (43.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,915 (46.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,726 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $231,678
Average Home Value $293,928


Total Households 42,065
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 20,795
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.52% 1.58%
Households 1.45% 1.54%
Families 1.46% 1.45%
Median Household Income   2.14%
Per Capita Income   2.14%

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, 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 # 11 99th
Population Density # 30 96th
Diversity Index # 407 45th
Median Household Income # 290 61st
Per Capita Income # 147 80th

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