Royal Pines, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Royal Pines, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Royal Pines Census Designated Place had a population of 4,611 as of July 1, 2017. Royal Pines 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 Royal Pines is located at latitude 35.4787 and longitude -82.5022 in Buncombe County. The formal boundaries for the Royal Pines Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Buncombe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,274 feet.

The Royal Pines Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2403497) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Royal Pines Census Designated Place is located within Township of Limestone, a minor civil division (MCD) of Buncombe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Royal Pines population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Royal Pines, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,611
Daytime Population: Workers 337
Daytime Population: Residents 2,187
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,524
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.55
Population in Households 4,549
Population in Familes 3,640
Population in Group Qrtrs 62
Population Density2 1,699
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $58,882
Average Household Income $79,682
Per Capita Income $33,580


Total Housing Units 2,026 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,322 (65.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 562 (27.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 143 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $226,759
Average Home Value $266,119


Total Households 1,883
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 1,243
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 1.06% 1.29%
Households 0.97% 1.22%
Families -0.43% 1.04%
Median Household Income   2.78%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

Royal Pines, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Royal Pines 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 # 165 78th
Population Density # 60 92nd
Diversity Index # 600 19th
Median Household Income # 97 87th
Per Capita Income # 85 89th

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