Asheville, NC

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2019 Population
91,560
1.14% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
39
0.256% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
13.8%
2.79% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$49,930
4.45% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$270,400
11.5% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
48,494
2.87% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Asheville, NC had a population of 91.6k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $49,930. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Asheville, NC grew from 90,531 to 91,560, a 1.14% increase and its median household income grew from $47,803 to $49,930, a 4.45% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Asheville, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (77.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (11.2%), White (Hispanic) (6.09%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.67%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.66%). 0% of the households in Asheville, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 95.4% of the residents in Asheville, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Asheville, NC are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,609 degrees awarded in 2019), University of North Carolina at Asheville (882 degrees), and Center for Massage (58 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Asheville, NC was $270,400, and the homeownership rate was 48.2%. Most people in Asheville, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Asheville, NC was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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−5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a −5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Asheville, NC is home to a population of 91.6k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2019, 17.3% of Asheville, NC residents were born outside of the country (15.8k people).

In 2019, there were 6.94 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (71.4k people) in Asheville, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.58k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Asheville, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    71.4k ± 1.36k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    10.3k ± 840
  3. White (Hispanic)
    5.58k ± 1.12k
6.76%
Hispanic Population
6.19k people

In 2019, there were 6.94 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (71.4k people) in Asheville, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.58k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.76% of the people in Asheville, NC are hispanic (6.19k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Asheville, NC as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

17.3%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
15.8k people
7.07%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
6.4k people

As of 2019, 17.3% of Asheville, NC residents (15.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Asheville, NC was 7.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Asheville, NC was 39. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Asheville, NC are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Asheville, NC residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    229,947 ± 11,640 people
  2. India
    70,805 ± 6,510 people
  3. Honduras
    36,544 ± 4,685 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 229,947 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 70,805 and Honduras with 36,544.

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Citizenship

95.4%
2019 Citizenship
95.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 95.4% of Asheville, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Asheville, NC was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,978 ± 294
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    890 ± 306
  3. Korea
    642 ± 221

Asheville, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Asheville, NC is $49,930. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Asheville, NC was Census Tract 22.05 with a value of $74,941, followed by Census Tract 5 and Census Tract 17, with respective values of $74,438 and $74,231.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,862. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Asheville, NC employs 48.5k people. The largest industries in Asheville, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,428 people), Accommodation & Food Services (7,465 people), and Retail Trade (5,139 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($80,583), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($65,568), and Utilities ($61,364).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,930
2019 value
± $1,755
4.45%
1 Year Growth
± 5.04%

Households in Asheville, NC have a median annual income of $49,930, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,803 in 2018, which represents a 4.45% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,585
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,168
$47,862
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $855

In 2019, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in North Carolina
  1. Asian
    $64,719 ± $4,583
  2. White
    $53,494 ± $850
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $42,933 ± $24,629

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in North Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Asheville, NC is from North Carolina.
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.473
2018 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0599% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 22.05
  2. Census Tract 5
  3. Census Tract 17

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Asheville, NC was Census Tract 22.05 with a value of $74,941, followed by Census Tract 5 and Census Tract 17, with respective values of $74,438 and $74,231.

The following map shows all of the places in Asheville, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Asheville, NC (12.2k out of 88.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    9,493 ± 783
  2. Black
    2,160 ± 385
  3. Hispanic
    1,797 ± 402

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Asheville, NC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

48.5k
2019 Value
± 1,866
2.87%
1 Year growth
± 5.19%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Asheville, NC grew at a rate of 2.87%, from 47.1k employees to 48.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Asheville, NC, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (5,883 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,886 people), and Management Occupations (4,348 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Asheville, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Asheville, NC, by number of employees, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (5,883 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,886 people), and Management Occupations (4,348 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Asheville, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (2.38 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.18 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Asheville, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($88,190), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($64,251), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,047).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

48.5k
2019 Value
± 1,866
2.87%
1 Year growth
± 5.19%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Asheville, NC grew at a rate of 2.87%, from 47.1k employees to 48.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Asheville, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,428 people), Accommodation & Food Services (7,465 people), and Retail Trade (5,139 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Asheville, NC, though some of these residents may live in Asheville, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Asheville, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,428 people), Accommodation & Food Services (7,465 people), and Retail Trade (5,139 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Asheville, NC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (2.04 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.9 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.47 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Asheville, NC, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($80,583), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($65,568), and Utilities ($61,364).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $54.1B
  2. $40B
  3. $36.8B

In 2018, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($40B) and Machinery ($36.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B
2018 Value in North Carolina
$840B
Projected 2045 Value in North Carolina
95.4% growth

In 2018, total outbound North Carolina trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 95.4% to $840B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $28.2B
  2. $27.5B
  3. $24.4B

In 2018, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $28.2B, followed by South Carolina with $27.5B and Virginia and $24.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Buncombe County, NC went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 54.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (40.1%), followed by Other (5.6%). The most partisan county was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Buncombe County, NC
54.3% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in North Carolina
  1. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 77.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in North Carolina was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in North Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from North Carolina

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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Asheville, NC awarded 2,611 degrees. The student population of Asheville, NC is skewed towards women, with 4,397 male students and 6,398 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Asheville, NC are White (2,104 and 80.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (188 and 7.22%), Two or More Races (99 and 3.8%), and Black or African American (88 and 3.38%).

The largest universities in Asheville, NC by number of degrees awarded are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,609 and 61.6%), University of North Carolina at Asheville (882 and 33.8%), and Center for Massage (58 and 2.22%).

The most popular majors in Asheville, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (417 and 16%), General Psychology (102 and 3.91%), and Registered Nursing (101 and 3.87%).

The median tuition costs in Asheville, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,122 and $21,470 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 36 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 390 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 101 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Asheville, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 36 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Asheville, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,609 degrees awarded
  2. 882 degrees awarded
  3. 58 degrees awarded
$4,122
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Asheville, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with 1,609 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,126
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,485
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,126 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Asheville, NC, which is 0.758 times less than the 1,485 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Asheville, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,104 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    188 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    99 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Asheville, NC was White students. These 2,104 degrees mean that there were 11.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 188 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Asheville, NC was $270,400 in 2019, which is 1.12 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $242,500 to $270,400, a 11.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Asheville, NC is 48.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Asheville, NC have an average commute time of 15.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Asheville, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$270,400
2019 Median
± $9,299
$242,500
2018 Median
± $7,508

In 2019, the median property value in Asheville, NC grew to to $270,400 from the previous year's value of $242,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Asheville, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Asheville, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$49,930
Median Household Income
± $1,755
40.8k
Number of Households
± 1,484

In 2019, the median household income of the 40.8k households in Asheville, NC grew to $49,930 from the previous year's value of $47,803.

The following chart displays the households in Asheville, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Asheville, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Asheville, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

48.2%
2019 Homeownership
49.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 48.2% of the housing units in Asheville, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Asheville, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

15.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Asheville, NC have a shorter commute time (15.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.13% of the workforce in Asheville, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (74.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.3%)
  3. Carpooled (7.31%)

In 2019, 74.4% of workers in Asheville, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.3%) and those who carpooled to work (7.31%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Asheville, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Asheville, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

89.3% of the population of Asheville, NC has health coverage, with 43.3% on employee plans, 12.9% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 18.6% on non-group plans, and 1.53% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Buncombe County, NC see 702 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.862% increase from the previous year (696 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1299 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 152 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jones County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (27.2%). Additionally, Bladen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (49.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the country level. Showing data for Buncombe County, NC.
702 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Buncombe County, NC

Primary care physicians in Buncombe County, NC see an average of 702 patients per year. This represents a 0.862% increase from the previous year (696 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Buncombe County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in North Carolina
$3,859
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,225
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,260
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.7%
Uninsured
43.3%
Employer Coverage
12.9%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
18.6%
Non-Group
1.53%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Asheville, NC grew by 6.74% from 10.1% to 10.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Asheville, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 27.2% prevalence
  2. 25.2% prevalence
  3. 23.2% prevalence

Jones County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 27.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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