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Buncombe County, NC&

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1.15% growth
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Median Household Income
13.6% growth
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Number of Employees
5.15% growth
Median Property Value
8.33% growth

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The economy of Buncombe County, NC employs 123,896 people. The economy of Buncombe County, NC is specialized in Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; and Accommodation & Food Service, which employ respectively 1.62; 1.5; and 1.33 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Buncombe County, NC are Healthcare & Social Assistance (20,780), Retail trade (17,747), and Accommodation & Food Service (12,854), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($50,078), Utilities ($42,219), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($41,276).

Median household income in Buncombe County, NC is $50,685. Males in Buncombe County, NC have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,744. The income inequality of Buncombe County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Buncombe County, NC. In Buncombe County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 137 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,254. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Buncombe County, NC is home to a population of 256,088 people, from which 97.3% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Buncombe County, NC is composed of N/A Other residents (N/A), N/A Two+ residents (N/A), N/A Hawaiian residents (N/A), N/A White residents (N/A), and N/A Black residents (N/A). The most common foreign languages in Buncombe County, NC are Spanish (10,984 speakers), Russian (974 speakers), and French (829 speakers), but compared to other places, Buncombe County, NC has a relative high number of Other Slavic (825 speakers), Other Indo-European (538 speakers), and Russian (974 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Buncombe County, NC awarded 3,096 degrees. The student population of Buncombe County, NC is skewed towards females, with 1,304 male students and 1,792 female students. Most students in Buncombe County, NC are White (2,521 and 81.4%), followed by Black or African American (177 and 5.72%), Hispanic or Latino (147 and 4.75%), and Unknown (114 and 3.68%). The largest universities in Buncombe County, NC by number of graduates are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,704 and 55%), University of North Carolina at Asheville (802 and 25.9%), and Warren Wilson College (199 and 6.43%). The most popular majors in Buncombe County, NC are General Psychology (114 and 3.68%), Environmental Studies (96 and 3.1%), and General Business Administration & Management (91 and 2.94%). The median tuition costs in Buncombe County, NC are $29,000 for private four year colleges, and $4,041 and $20,436 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Buncombe County, NC is $221,000, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $204,000 to $221,000, a 8.33% increase. The homeownership rate of Buncombe County, NC is 64.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.1%. People in Buncombe County, NC have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Buncombe County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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