BCS Advantage Magazine Special Edition #1 - Page 4

BUNCOMBE COUNTY AND SCHOOL DEMOGRAPHICS Buncombe County is located at 2,134 feet in elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina – 657 square miles of landscape bordered by the Blue Ridge, Great Craggy, and Black Mountains to the east and the Great Smokies chain of the Appalachians to the west. Two protected areas of the historic Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest rest in Buncombe County. Asheville, located at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers, is the county seat as well as the economic and cultural center of Western North Carolina. THE FACE OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY IS REFLECTED IN A SELECTION OF POPULATION AND SOCIOECONOMIC DEMOGRAPHIC ATTRIBUTES ESTIMATED BY THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU. POPULATION 253,178  6.2% POPULATION INCREASE SINCE 2010 HOUSEHOLDS: 101,645 Persons per Household 2.34 63.9% Home Ownership Median Value Housing $189,500 Median Household Income $45,642 Per Capita Income (2014) $26,930 Persons in Poverty (2014) 13.9% POPULATION BY RACE AND ETHNICITY: Mean Travel Time to Work 20.4 minutes White: 89.5% Language Other than English Spoken at Home Black or African American: 6.6% Programs • Service 0.5% s Asian: Academics • Athletics • 1.3% Arts / Other Islander: Native Hawaiian Human Re Pacific source s • Budget 0.2% s 2.0% Two or More Races: obal Origin: Educat Hispanic Gl or Latino ion • Digital Le 6.6% arning S.T.E.M. • Transportation • Nutrition Graduation • Purpose & Direction 7.3% American Indian / Alaska Native: EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 35.1% High School Graduate or Higher 90.0% 2 BuncombeSchools.org Data from the U.S. Census Bureau (2010-2015): (http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/37021)