Buncombe County, North Carolina Population 2023

Buncombe County, North Carolina's estimated 2023 population is 278,791 with a growth rate of 1.13% 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 238,318 and has seen a growth of 16.98% since that time.

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population by Race

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2023

Buncombe County, North Carolina Median Age

42.3

Total

40.8

Male

43.8

Female

Buncombe County, North Carolina Adults

There are 211,538 adults, (51,876 of whom are seniors) in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Age Dependency

62.6

Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Buncombe County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female135,18152.08%
Male124,39547.92%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

3.07

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

63.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Buncombe County, North Carolina Households and Families

Male

Female

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

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 49.48%.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$35,424

Average Earnings

$40,058

Average Male

$31,959

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

91.95% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 8.05% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.44% of the population.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Language

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

rate

13.21%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.13%

Male Poverty Rate

11.83%

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 44.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina is Asian, with 6.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.76%.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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

Buncombe County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.6%

Male Marriage Rate

44.9%

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

17,043

Number of Veterans

15,370

Male Veterans

1,673

Female Veterans

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by War

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

count

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

6.24%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61.2%

Labor Force Participation

59.2%

Employment Rate

3.2%

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

49.42%

Born in Buncombe County, North Carolina

90.51%

Native Born

5.82%

Foreign Born

3.32%

Non Citizen

2.5%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.51% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 49.42% having been born in North Carolina. 3.32% 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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