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Black Mountain, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Black Mountain had a population of 8,368 as of July 1, 2017. Black Mountain ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Black Mountain is located at latitude 35.615 and longitude -82.3279 in Buncombe County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Black Mountain (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Buncombe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,398 feet.

The Town of Black Mountain (GNIS ID: 2405272) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve 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 Town of Black Mountain is located within Township of Black Mountain, a minor civil division (MCD) of Buncombe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Black Mountain 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 Black Mountain: Grey Eagle, Grey Eagle Mountain.

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Black Mountain, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 8,368
Daytime Population: Workers 4,935
Daytime Population: Residents 4,417
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 9,352
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.12
Population in Households 8,071
Population in Familes 6,143
Population in Group Qrtrs 297
Population Density2 1,256
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $43,650
Average Household Income $63,605
Per Capita Income $28,312


Total Housing Units 4,372 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,449 (56.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,330 (30.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 593 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $229,572
Average Home Value $284,943


Total Households 3,779
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 2,270
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 0.9% 1.02%
Households 0.78% 0.97%
Families 1.4% 0.84%
Median Household Income   2.26%
Per Capita Income   2.74%

Black Mountain, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Black Mountain 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 # 103 86th
Population Density # 139 81st
Diversity Index # 611 17th
Median Household Income # 313 58th
Per Capita Income # 184 75th

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