Buncombe County, North Carolina Population 2022

Buncombe County, North Carolina's estimated population is 266,987 with a growth rate of 0.73% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Buncombe County, North Carolina is the 8th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 Population was 238,738 and has seen a growth of 11.83% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18005,8120.00%
18109,2773,46559.62%
182010,5421,26513.64%
183016,2815,73954.44%
184010,084-6,197-38.06%
185013,4253,34133.13%
186012,654-771-5.74%
187015,4122,75821.80%
188021,9096,49742.16%
189035,26613,35760.97%
190044,2889,02225.58%
191049,7985,51012.44%
192064,14814,35028.82%
193097,93733,78952.67%
1940108,75510,81811.05%
1950124,40315,64814.39%
1960130,0745,6714.56%
1970145,05614,98211.52%
1980160,93415,87810.95%
1990174,82113,8878.63%
2010238,73863,91736.56%
2011241,1722,4341.02%
2012243,6552,4831.03%
2013246,8073,1521.29%
2014249,0842,2770.92%
2015251,9542,8701.15%
2016254,9553,0011.19%
2017257,0712,1160.83%
2018259,2592,1880.85%
2019261,1911,9320.75%
2020263,1231,9320.74%
2021265,0551,9320.73%
2022266,9871,9320.73%
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Buncombe County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White227,84587.78%
Black or African American15,9576.15%
American Indian and Alaska Native8360.32%
Asian3,2681.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3370.13%
Some Other Race3,2851.27%
Two or More Races8,0483.10%
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Buncombe County, North Carolina Population by Race

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2022

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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

Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Buncombe County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

135,181

52.08%

Male

124,395

47.92%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

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Buncombe County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.9%20.1%
All63.4%36.6%
Male58.8%41.2%
Female51.2%48.8%
Non Family48.2%51.8%

63.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Buncombe County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All105,1772.463.4
Married48,3773.0479.9
Male3,3243.558.8
Female8,9143.7151.2
Non Family44,5621.3748.2

3.07

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

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Buncombe County, North Carolina Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,7533.00%
9th to 12th Grade10,1835.31%
High School Graduate44,36823.15%
Some College34,56318.03%
Associates Degree17,4679.11%
Bachelors Degree48,02425.06%
Graduate Degree31,29816.33%
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Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian2,3212,0051,338
White166,234155,22973,170
2+ Races4,0813,2671,153
Hispanic9,0906,0092,000
Other Race1,8911,331404
Native American580433109
Black10,4819,3761,771
Islander147147

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 57.65%.

Buncombe County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,424$40,058$31,959
Less Than 9th Grade$21,954$23,750$20,436
High School Graduate$26,597$29,400$24,157
Some College$32,009$36,082$28,649
Bachelors Degree$42,746$52,135$37,838
Graduate Degree$53,631$68,542$44,909

$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

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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

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic17,0355,26830.92%
Multiple7,5501,77223.47%
Black15,3472,81318.33%
White211,00119,8409.40%
Native783607.66%
Asian3,1991835.72%
Other963NaN%

11.49%

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 30.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Buncombe County, North Carolina is Other, with NaN% 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

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.38%
High School13.51%
Some College9.06%
Bachelors or Greater4.53%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.63%
Male Unemployed28.63%
Female Employed6.15%
Female Unemployed33.17%

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

Buncombe County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,032$78,942
Families$73,274$96,530
Married Families$83,419$107,600
Non Families$34,258$52,885
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Income by Household Type

Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

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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

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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

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Buncombe County, North Carolina Marital Status

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17,043

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,854
First Gulf War2,608
Vietnam6,556
Korea1,748
World War II660

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,229
35 to 542,843
55 to 643,283
65 to 744,891
75+4,797

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White15,3548.14%
Black1,22810.05%
Native American9112.57%
Asian1214.65%
Other Race271.14%
2+ Races2224.65%
Hispanic2962.70%

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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6.24%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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61.2%

Labor Force Participation

59.2%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment by Age

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Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment by Race

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Buncombe County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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51.30%

Born in Buncombe County, North Carolina

93.96%

Native Born

6.04%

Foreign Born

3.44%

Non Citizen

2.60%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.96% of Buncombe County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 51.30% having been born in North Carolina. 3.44% 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

  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

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