Buncombe County, North Carolina Population 2020

Buncombe County, North Carolina's estimated population is 257,185 with a growth rate of 0.86% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Buncombe County, North Carolina is the 7th largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2018259,1031,9180.75%
2017257,1852,1970.86%
2016254,9883,0151.20%
2015251,9732,8511.14%
2014249,1222,2990.93%
2013246,8233,1661.30%
2012243,6572,5091.04%
2011241,1482,4111.01%
2010238,73763,91636.56%
1990174,82113,8878.63%
1980160,93415,87810.95%
1970145,05614,98211.52%
1960130,0745,6714.56%
1950124,40315,64814.39%
1940108,75510,81811.05%
193097,93733,78952.67%
192064,14814,35028.82%
191049,7985,51012.44%
190044,2889,02225.58%
189035,26613,35760.97%
188021,9096,49742.16%
187015,4122,75821.80%
186012,654-771-5.74%
185013,4253,34133.13%
184010,084-6,197-38.06%
183016,2815,73954.44%
182010,5421,26513.64%
18109,2773,46559.62%
18005,8120.00%

How Many People Live in Buncombe County, North Carolina?

257,185

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White225,98188.80%
Black or African American16,0956.32%
Two or More Races5,5182.17%
Asian3,1471.24%
Some Other Race2,3780.93%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0140.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3410.13%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

Buncombe County, North Carolina Median Age

42.1


Total

40.5


Male

43.7


Female

Buncombe County, North Carolina Adults

There are 206,161 adults, (48,292 of whom are seniors) in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Age Dependency

61.2

Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Buncombe County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

132,177

51.94%

Male

122,297

48.06%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Households and Families

Buncombe County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Buncombe County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.5%20.5%
Male64.9%35.1%
All63.8%36.2%
Female52.9%47.1%
Non Family48.5%51.5%

63.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All107,0932.3163.8
Married49,7752.9879.5
Non Family45,2691.2948.5
Female9,0793.4252.9
Male2,9703.3364.9

2.98

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

5.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Buncombe County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,5903.00%
9th to 12th Grade11,2036.02%
High School Graduate43,59623.42%
Some College36,54119.63%
Associates Degree16,2498.73%
Bachelors Degree45,00224.18%
Graduate Degree27,93115.01%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White162,083150,61867,829
Black10,4639,3661,687
Hispanic8,6045,0871,566
Asian2,2271,9401,130
Multiple Races2,1241,836598
Other Race1,344875161
Native American735628147
Islander123123

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.74%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,409$36,779$31,064
Less Than High School$20,718$25,118$16,402
High School Grad$26,685$29,303$23,223
Some College$30,997$35,334$27,119
Bachelors Degree$40,898$50,002$37,117
Graduate Degree$51,511$63,378$45,393

$33,409

Average Earnings

$36,779

Average Male

$31,064

Average Female

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language by Age

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language

92.23% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 7.77% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.16% of the population.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White207,77121,79510.49%
Hispanic16,1524,77229.54%
Black15,5092,85218.39%
Multiple5,12398419.21%
Other2,28448421.19%
Asian3,0851845.96%
Native955666.91%
Islander341123.52%

12.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.56%

Male Poverty Rate

13.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina is Hispanic, with 29.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina is Islander, with 3.52% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.14%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.84%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.18%
High School14.49%
Some College10.38%
Bachelors or Greater4.16%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Income

Buncombe County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,668$71,864
Families$66,532$89,450
Married Families$76,279$99,143
Non Families$31,882$45,844

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

49.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.3%

Male Marriage Rate

46.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans

17,639

Number of Veterans

16,379

Male Veterans

1,260

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam7,225
First Gulf War2,789
Second Gulf War2,071
Korea1,788
World War II800

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White15,9468.58%
Black1,25910.32%
2 or More2709.53%
Hispanic2302.24%
Asian1124.55%
Indian293.44%
Other181.09%
Hawaiian53.70%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

7.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment Status

61.6%

Labor Force Participation

59%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

52.38%

Born in North Carolina

94.28%

Native Born

5.72%

Foreign Born

3.18%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.28% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 52.38% having been born in North Carolina. 3.18% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Population of Cities in Buncombe County, North Carolina

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Asheville833448912157776.93%
Black Mountain783983845456.95%
Woodfin601463833696.14%
Weaverville366739813148.56%
Biltmore Forest134314621198.86%
Montreat723783608.30%
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990