Asheville, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
462,680
0.673% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
44.6
0.668% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
12.2%
1.03% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$57,428
9.57% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$248,500
5.88% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
222,916
1.07% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Asheville, NC had a population of 463k people with a median age of 44.6 and a median household income of $57,428. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Asheville, NC grew from 459,585 to 462,680, a 0.673% increase and its median household income grew from $52,410 to $57,428, a 9.57% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Asheville, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.9%), White (Hispanic) (5.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.74%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.69%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.42%). 0% of the households in Asheville, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 96.2% 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 Haywood Community College (777 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Asheville, NC was $248,500, and the homeownership rate was 67.6%. Most people in Asheville, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Asheville, NC was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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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.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Diversity

Asheville, NC is home to a population of 463k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 14.7% of Asheville, NC residents were born outside of the country (68k people).

In 2019, there were 15.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (393k people) in Asheville, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25k White (Hispanic) and 22k Black or African American (Non-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)
    393k ± 420
  2. White (Hispanic)
    25k ± 3.14k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    22k ± 1.56k
7.09%
Hispanic Population
32.8k people

In 2019, there were 15.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (393k people) in Asheville, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25k White (Hispanic) and 22k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.09% of the people in Asheville, NC are hispanic (32.8k 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

14.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
68k people
5.39%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
24.8k people

As of 2019, 14.7% of Asheville, NC residents (68k 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 5.39%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Asheville, NC was 44.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Asheville, NC are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Asheville, NC residents was 45.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    220,441 ± 11,405 people
  2. India
    77,725 ± 6,819 people
  3. Honduras
    43,980 ± 5,138 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 220,441 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 77,725 and Honduras with 43,980.

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Citizenship

96.2%
2019 Citizenship
96.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.2% 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 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    11,717 ± 1,347
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,653 ± 1,397
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,917 ± 950

Asheville, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Asheville, NC is $57,428. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Asheville, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $85,985, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $84,215 and $74,299.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,401. 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 223k people. The largest industries in Asheville, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (32,034 people), Accommodation & Food Services (26,887 people), and Retail Trade (24,152 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($93,988), Finance & Insurance ($49,493), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,105).

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,428
2019 value
± $3,217
9.57%
1 Year Growth
± 6.13%

Households in Asheville, NC have a median annual income of $57,428, 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 $52,410 in 2018, which represents a 9.57% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,597
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,174
$48,401
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $831

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
    $65,628 ± $4,429
  2. White
    $54,443 ± $852
  3. Two or More Races
    $37,867 ± $3,715

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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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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
0.47
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 0.426% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Asheville, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $85,985, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $84,215 and $74,299.

The following map shows all of the counties 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

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Asheville, NC (54.4k out of 444k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    46,703 ± 1,704
  2. Hispanic
    9,686 ± 889
  3. Black
    3,816 ± 501

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

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

223k
2019 Value
± 8,728
−1.07%
1 Year decline
± 5.41%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Asheville, NC declined at a rate of −1.07%, from 225k employees to 223k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Asheville, NC, are Management Occupations (24,845 people), Sales & Related Occupations (21,908 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,004 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 Management Occupations (24,845 people), Sales & Related Occupations (21,908 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,004 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Asheville, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.78 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.51 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.3 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Asheville, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($90,017), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,074), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($59,516).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

223k
2019 Value
± 8,728
−1.07%
1 Year decline
± 5.41%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Asheville, NC declined at a rate of −1.07%, from 225k employees to 223k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Asheville, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (32,034 people), Accommodation & Food Services (26,887 people), and Retail Trade (24,152 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 (32,034 people), Accommodation & Food Services (26,887 people), and Retail Trade (24,152 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Asheville, NC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (1.6 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.52 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Asheville, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($93,988), Finance & Insurance ($49,493), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($49,105).

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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

Showing data for North Carolina.
$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 North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (46.2%), followed by Gary Johnson (2.74%). 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.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for North Carolina
49.8% for the Republican 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 4,713 degrees. The student population of Asheville, NC is skewed towards women, with 7,247 male students and 10,299 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Asheville, NC are White (3,769 and 81%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (294 and 6.32%), Black or African American (226 and 4.86%), and Unknown (146 and 3.14%).

The largest universities in Asheville, NC by number of degrees awarded are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,609 and 34.1%), University of North Carolina at Asheville (882 and 18.7%), and Haywood Community College (777 and 16.5%).

The most popular majors in Asheville, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (654 and 13.9%), Automobile Mechanics Technology (271 and 5.75%), and General Business Administration & Management (242 and 5.13%).

The median tuition costs in Asheville, NC are $29,950 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. 173 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 627 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Asheville, NC was Registered Nursing with 173 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. 777 degrees awarded
$4,122
Median In-State Public
$29,950
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

2,115
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,598
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 2,115 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Asheville, NC, which is 0.814 times less than the 2,598 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Asheville, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,769 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    294 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    226 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Asheville, NC was White students. These 3,769 degrees mean that there were 12.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 294 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Asheville, NC was $248,500 in 2019, which is 1.03 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $234,700 to $248,500, a 5.88% increase. The homeownership rate in Asheville, NC is 67.6%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Asheville, NC have an average commute time of 20 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

$248,500
2019 Median
± $8,945
$234,700
2018 Median
± $5,999

In 2019, the median property value in Asheville, NC grew to to $248,500 from the previous year's value of $234,700.

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.
$57,428
Median Household Income
± $3,217
193k
Number of Households
± 7,614

In 2019, the median household income of the 193k households in Asheville, NC grew to $57,428 from the previous year's value of $52,410.

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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
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 $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.6%
2019 Homeownership
68.2%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 67.6% of the housing units in Asheville, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher 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

20 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Asheville, NC have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 1.1% 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 (79.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.4%)
  3. Carpooled (7.76%)

In 2019, 79.2% of workers in Asheville, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.4%) and those who carpooled to work (7.76%).

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 3 cars.

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Health

87.8% of the population of Asheville, NC has health coverage, with 40.9% on employee plans, 12.2% on Medicaid, 17.2% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 1.82% 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 North Carolina see 1405 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1412 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1718 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 389 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 state level. Showing data for North Carolina.
1,405 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,405 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% decrease from the previous year (1,412 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina 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

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for North Carolina.
$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

12.2%
Uninsured
40.9%
Employer Coverage
12.2%
Medicaid
17.2%
Medicare
15.8%
Non-Group
1.82%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Asheville, NC grew by 17.6% from 10.4% to 12.2%.

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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