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The 2000 Census showed that Buncombe County had a population of 206,330 people. This represented 2.56% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 7th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Buncombe had a population of 231,452 people. This is an increase of 12.18% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010238,318+15.5%+2.97% since 2009
2009231,452+12.18%+0.91% since 2008
2008229,373+11.17%+1.12% since 2007
2007226,823+9.93%+1.71% since 2006
2006223,012+8.09%+1.98% since 2005
2005218,684+5.99%+1.3% since 2004
2004215,867+4.62%+1.25% since 2003
2003213,210+3.33%+1.18% since 2002
2002210,717+2.13%+1.08% since 2001
2001208,464+1.03%+1.03% since 2000
2000206,330The Last Census

Buncombe County had 93,973 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Buncombe County has a total area<3> of 659 square miles [1,708 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.81 square miles [9.87 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Buncombe County had a population density of 314.5 people per square mile [121.4 people/km²], making it the state's 11th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Buncombe County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Buncombe and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Buncombe County QuickFact (QF-37021).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Buncombe County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Black MountainQF-37061407,9107,5115.31%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Buncombe County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
HaywoodQF-37087   W57,10954,0335.69%
HendersonQF-37089   S103,66989,17316.26%
MadisonQF-37115   NW20,44219,6354.11%
McDowellQF-37111   E43,98842,1514.36%
RutherfordQF-37161   SE63,41562,8990.82%
TransylvaniaQF-37175   SW30,20329,3342.96%
YanceyQF-37199   NE18,54817,7744.35%

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U.S. Census Bureau
Census QuickFact for Buncombe County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Buncombe. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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