Asheville, NC

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Population

459,585

0.754% growth

Poverty Rate

13.6%


Median Age

44.9


Median Household Income

$52,410

4.79% growth

Number of Employees

225,332

1.03% growth

Median Property Value

$234,700

6.25% growth

About

In 2018, Asheville, NC had a population of 460k people with a median age of 44.9 and a median household income of $52,410. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Asheville, NC grew from 456,145 to 459,585, a 0.754% increase and its median household income grew from $50,015 to $52,410, a 4.79% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Asheville, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (85%), White (Hispanic) (5.45%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.57%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.82%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (1.36%). N/A% of the people in Asheville, NC speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Asheville, NC are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,474 degrees awarded in 2017), University of North Carolina at Asheville (808 degrees), and Haywood Community College (692 degrees).

The median property value in Asheville, NC is $234,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.2%. Most people in Asheville, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Asheville, NC is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Asheville, NC employs 225k people. The largest industries in Asheville, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,657 people), Manufacturing (27,227 people), and Retail Trade (26,765 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,059), Finance & Insurance ($53,627), and Public Administration ($50,327).

Median household income in Asheville, NC is $52,410. Males in Asheville, NC have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,552. The income inequality in Asheville, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,410

2018 value

± $1,943

4.79%

1 Year Growth

± 4.73%

Households in Asheville, NC have a median annual income of $52,410, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,015 in 2017, which represents a 4.79% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,551

Average Male Salary

± $1,091

$47,552

Average Female Salary

± $846

In 2018, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.32 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

  1. Asian

    $66,551 ± $4,420

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $53,592 ± $28,568

  3. White

    $52,871 ± $810

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Asheville, NC is from North Carolina.

0.47

2018 Wage GINI

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.556% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Asheville, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $80,337, followed by Wake County, NC and Chatham County, NC, with respective values of $79,970 and $74,959.

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

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Asheville, NC (59.2k out of 436k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 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

    50,346 ± 1,699

  2. Hispanic

    8,412 ± 768

  3. Black

    4,962 ± 541

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

225k

2018 Value

± 8,230

1.03%

1 Year growth

± 5.1%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Asheville, NC grew at a rate of 1.03%, from 223k employees to 225k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Asheville, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (24,033 people), Management Occupations (21,350 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,769 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 Sales & Related Occupations (24,033 people), Management Occupations (21,350 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,769 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 (1.45 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.39 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.32 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Asheville, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,377), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($67,041), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,765).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

225k

2018 Value

± 8,230

1.03%

1 Year growth

± 5.1%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Asheville, NC grew at a rate of 1.03%, from 223k employees to 225k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Asheville, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,657 people), Manufacturing (27,227 people), and Retail Trade (26,765 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 (40,657 people), Manufacturing (27,227 people), and Retail Trade (26,765 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Asheville, NC has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.3 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.27 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Asheville, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($77,059), Finance & Insurance ($53,627), and Public Administration ($50,327).

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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. $54.9B

  2. $41.2B

  3. $40B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($41.2B) and Machinery ($40B).

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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$443B

2020 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

42.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 42.7% to $632B 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. $28.4B

  2. $28.1B

  3. $28B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $28.4B, followed by Virginia with $28.1B and Georgia and $28B.

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

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Health

88.8% of the population of Asheville, NC has health coverage, with 41.1% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 16% on Medicare, 17.1% on non-group plans, and 1.54% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Asheville, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 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

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

11.2%

Uninsured

41.1%

Employer Coverage

13%

Medicaid

16%

Medicare

17.1%

Non-Group

1.54%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Asheville, NC grew by 19.4% from 9.41% to 11.2%.

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. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Asheville, NC is home to a population of 460k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.47% of Asheville, NC residents were born outside of the country (24.9k people).

In 2018, there were 15.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (391k people) in Asheville, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25k White (Hispanic) and 21k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Asheville, NC was 44.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally the same age as than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Asheville, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Asheville, NC residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

24.9k people

5.26%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

23.8k people

As of 2017, 5.47% of Asheville, NC residents (24.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Asheville, NC was 5.26%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    229,977 ± 11,643 people

  2. India

    71,606 ± 6,547 people

  3. Honduras

    31,466 ± 4,348 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 229,977 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 71,606 and Honduras with 31,466.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2018 Citizenship

97.1%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.9% of Asheville, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Asheville, NC was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Asheville, NC

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    391k ± 892

  2. White (Hispanic)

    25k ± 2.25k

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    21k ± 1.46k

In 2018, there were 15.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (391k people) in Asheville, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25k White (Hispanic) and 21k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,319 ± 1,490

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,324 ± 1,081

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,139 ± 1,261

Asheville, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.62 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Asheville, NC awarded 4,335 degrees. The student population of Asheville, NC is skewed towards women, with 7,733 male students and 10,260 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Asheville, NC are White (3,469 and 80.4%), followed by Black or African American (268 and 6.21%), Hispanic or Latino (264 and 6.12%), and Unknown (148 and 3.43%).

The largest universities in Asheville, NC by number of degrees awarded are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,474 and 34%), University of North Carolina at Asheville (808 and 18.6%), and Haywood Community College (692 and 16%).

The most popular majors in Asheville, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (616 and 14.2%), General Business Administration & Management (211 and 4.87%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (177 and 4.08%).

The median tuition costs in Asheville, NC are $28,236 for private four year colleges, and $4,122 and $20,845 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 122 degrees awarded

  2. 56 degrees awarded

  3. 593 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Asheville, NC was Registered Nursing with 122 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. 1,474 degrees awarded

  2. 808 degrees awarded

  3. 692 degrees awarded

$4,122

Median In-State Public

$28,236

Median Private

In 2017, the Asheville, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with 1,474 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,941

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,394

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,941 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Asheville, NC, which is 0.811 times less than the 2,394 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

    3,469 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    268 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    264 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Asheville, NC were to White students. These 3,469 degrees mean that there were 12.9 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 268 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Asheville, NC was $234,700 in 2018, which is 1.02 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $220,900 to $234,700, a 6.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Asheville, NC is 68.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Asheville, NC have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Asheville, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$234,700

2018 Median

± $5,999

$220,900

2017 Median

± $6,482

In 2018, the median property value in Asheville, NC grew to to $234,700 from the previous year's value of $220,900.

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

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$52,410

Median Household Income

± $1,943

192k

Number of Households

± 7,013

In 2018, the median household income of the 192k households in Asheville, NC grew to $52,410 from the previous year's value of $50,015.

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

68.2%

2018 Homeownership

68%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 68.2% of the housing units in Asheville, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Asheville, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Asheville, NC have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.08% of the workforce in Asheville, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.8%

  2. Worked At Home

    9.3%

  3. Carpooled

    8.19%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Asheville, NC was Drove Alone (78.8%), followed by those who Worked At Home (9.3%) and those who Carpooled (8.19%).

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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