Asheville, NC Profile: Facts & Data

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Asheville, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Asheville had a population of 94,858 as of July 1, 2019. 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.

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Asheville, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Asheville, NC Housing Affordability Index is 100
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Asheville, NC Wealth Index is 75
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 94,858
Population in Households 90,846
Population in Familes 59,774
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,012
Population Density 2,082
Diversity Index1 45
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $48,764
Average Household Income $73,799
Per Capita Income $33,131
Wealth Index3 75

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 47,787 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,064 (42.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,708 (47.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,015 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $250,731
Housing Affordability Index2 100
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 42,772
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 21,077
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.39% 1.41%
Households 1.45% 1.48%
Families 1.43% 1.37%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

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, 2019 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 # 31 96th
Diversity Index # 406 45th
Median Household Income # 326 56th
Per Capita Income # 133 82nd

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