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0.85% growth
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3.72% growth
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1.91% growth
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6.11% growth


The economy of Asheville, NC employs 44,317 people. The economy of Asheville, NC is specialized in Accommodation & Food Service; Management of Companies & Enterprises; and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, which employ respectively 1.76; 1.67; and 1.51 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Asheville, NC are Healthcare & Social Assistance (8,247), Accommodation & Food Service (6,273), and Retail trade (5,443), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($44,097), Finance & Insurance ($41,020), and Educational Services ($34,827).

Median household income in Asheville, NC is $44,946. Males in Asheville, 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 Asheville, 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 Asheville, 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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The closest comparable data for the census place of Asheville, NC is from the county of Buncombe County, NC.

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Asheville, NC is home to a population of 87,531 people, from which 96% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Asheville, NC is composed of 68,001 White residents (77.7%), 10,646 Black residents (12.2%), 5,009 Hispanic residents (5.72%), 1,848 Asian residents (2.11%), and 1,719 Two+ residents (1.96%). The most common foreign languages in Asheville, NC are Spanish (3,863 speakers), Chinese (610 speakers), and French (578 speakers), but compared to other places, Asheville, NC has a relative high number of Other Slavic (513 speakers), Other Indo-European (538 speakers), and Hungarian (61 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Asheville, NC awarded 2,708 degrees. The student population of Asheville, NC is skewed towards females, with 1,158 male students and 1,550 female students. Most students in Asheville, NC are White (2,254 and 83.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (131 and 4.84%), Black or African American (121 and 4.47%), and Unknown (98 and 3.62%). The largest universities in Asheville, NC by number of graduates are Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (1,704 and 62.9%), University of North Carolina at Asheville (802 and 29.6%), and South College-Asheville (97 and 3.58%). The most popular majors in Asheville, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (356 and 13.1%), Registered Nursing (104 and 3.84%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (27 and 1%). The median tuition costs in Asheville, NC are N/A 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 Asheville, NC is $212,000, which is 1.03 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $199,800 to $212,000, a 6.11% increase. The homeownership rate of Asheville, NC is 50.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Asheville, NC have an average commute time of 16.7 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.


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