Buncombe County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Buncombe County, North Carolina has a population of 206,330 people. Of those, 183,761 (89%) are White, 15,425 (7%) are Black, and 5,730 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,161 (or 1% of the 206,330 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Buncombe County a population of 205,169 with a demographic that is 89% White, 7% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 206,330 1,161 205,169
White 183,761 677 183,084
Black 15,425 413 15,012
Latino 5,730 19 5,711


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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