Buncombe County, North Carolina Population 2024

278,012

Buncombe County, North Carolina's estimated 2024 population is 278,012 with a growth rate of 0.77% 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. The 2010 population was 238,743 and has seen a growth of 16.45% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029288,5672,1110.74%
2028286,4562,1110.74%
2027284,3452,1110.75%
2026282,2342,1110.75%
2025280,1232,1110.76%
2024278,0122,1110.77%
2023275,9012,1110.77%
2022273,7901,8450.68%
2021271,9452,2430.83%
2020269,7027,6532.92%
2019262,0492,3230.89%
2018259,7262,3180.9%
2017257,4082,1860.86%
2016255,2223,0621.21%
2015252,1602,8951.16%
2014249,2652,3130.94%
2013246,9523,1911.31%
2012243,7612,5351.05%
2011241,2262,4831.04%
2010238,74300%
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%
187015,4122,75821.8%
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%
18005,812-282,755-97.99%
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2024 Growth Rate
0.77% (2,111)
County Website
Buncombe County
2020 Population
269,702
Area
656 mi²
Density
424 people/mi²
Growth Since 2020
3.08% (8,310)
Founded
1791

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White229,55485.19%
Two or more races16,0225.95%
Black or African American15,0895.6%
Other race4,7441.76%
Asian3,1061.15%
Native American5610.21%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander3730.14%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population by Race

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2024

Buncombe County, North Carolina Median Age

42.3

Total

41

Male

43.7

Female

Buncombe County, North Carolina Adults

There are 220,911 adults, (55,563 of whom are seniors) in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Age Dependency

63

Age Dependency Ratio

33.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Buncombe County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female139,18351.65%
Male130,26648.35%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All102,9212.5564.435.6
Married47,9773.1180.219.8
Non Family41,7381.4449.650.4
Female9,8014.0251.148.9
Male3,4054.0361.738.3

3.2

Average Family Size

2.55

Average Household Size

64.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Buncombe County, North Carolina Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,9922.99%
9th to 12th Grade9,7644.88%
High School Graduate46,35523.17%
Some College34,32617.16%
Associates Degree17,5438.77%
Bachelors Degree51,16825.57%
Graduate Degree34,93617.46%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White171,917161,67679,272
Black10,4309,1261,638
Hispanic10,0586,5952,112
2+ Races8,7636,4952,277
Other Race2,8112,125734
Asian2,3131,9891,250
Native American38630464
Islander1111110

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 54.04%.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$41,112$45,758$37,830
Less Than 9th Grade$25,270$27,126$22,228
High School Graduate$29,584$33,138$27,392
Some College$36,310$40,283$32,946
Bachelors Degree$49,218$57,015$43,587
Graduate Degree$63,583$75,404$57,115

$41,112

Average Earnings

$45,758

Average Male

$37,830

Average Female

Buncombe County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language

91.59% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 8.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.61% of the population.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White217,45119,6319.03%
Hispanic18,6904,87126.06%
Multiple15,6113,37121.59%
Black14,1823,36323.71%
Other4,53686519.07%
Asian2,9952889.62%
Native49112926.27%
Islander3734913.14%

11.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

11%

Male Poverty Rate

11.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina is Native, with 26.27% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina is White, with 9.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.83%.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.32%
High School15.29%
Some College7.65%
Bachelors or Greater4.6%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed21.59%
Female Unemployed21.49%
Female Employed6.14%
Male Employed5.2%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Buncombe County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$66,531$94,799
Families$85,099$115,909
Married Families$98,219$131,210
Non Families$41,403$61,251

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

45.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.0%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

15,773

Number of Veterans

14,192

Male Veterans

1,581

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam5,554
Second Gulf War2,879
First Gulf War2,757
Korea1,281
World War II390

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
75+4,377
65 to 744,268
55 to 643,079
35 to 542,995
18 to 341,054

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White14,0927.35%
Black1,1749.82%
2+ Races3313.22%
Hispanic3032.47%
Other Race792.23%
Native American6213.42%
Asian351.36%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

60.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.2%

Employment Rate

3.6%

Unemployment Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

49.71%

Born in Buncombe County, North Carolina

93.58%

Native Born

6.42%

Foreign Born

3.52%

Non Citizen

2.9%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.58% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 49.71% having been born in North Carolina. 3.52% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Place of Birth

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