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Swannanoa, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Swannanoa Census Designated Place had a population of 4,790 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Swannanoa is located at latitude 35.6008 and longitude -82.3872 in Buncombe County. The formal boundaries for the Swannanoa Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Buncombe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,198 feet.

The Swannanoa Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402907) 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 Swannanoa Census Designated Place is located within Township of Swannanoa, a minor civil division (MCD) of Buncombe County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Swannanoa 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 Swannanoa: Cooper, Swannanona.

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


Total Population 4,790
Daytime Population: Workers 1,404
Daytime Population: Residents 2,394
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,798
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 4,598
Population in Familes 3,559
Population in Group Qrtrs 192
Population Density2 750
Diversity Index3 31


Median Household Income $43,270
Average Household Income $52,944
Per Capita Income $22,435


Total Housing Units 2,026 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,221 (60.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 596 (29.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 209 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $156,987
Average Home Value $209,303


Total Households 1,817
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 1,152
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 0.63% 0.76%
Households 0.46% 0.68%
Families 0.23% 0.57%
Median Household Income   1.04%
Per Capita Income   1.91%

Swannanoa, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Swannanoa 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 # 157 79th
Population Density # 330 55th
Diversity Index # 537 27th
Median Household Income # 323 56th
Per Capita Income # 373 50th

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