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    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B+
Buncombe County is located in North Carolina with a population of 252,268. Buncombe County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Buncombe County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Buncombe County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Buncombe County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Buncombe County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$209,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$897
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Buncombe County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    339.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    36.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    167.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    734.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,141.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    308.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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Buncombe County Reviews

2 reviews
My experience in Buncombe County is ok. It has changed alot over the years with small businesses, and alot of Breweries. Where's the Affordable housing?? Housing is so expensive and jobs dont pay enough. I think public schools are not as goid as they use to be. Education is very important!! Theres not enough of Programs for the youth .
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I moved to Buncombe county from Greenville County, SC this past year. The school system in better. The downtown area is bad for "family friendly" because of the people. I miss downtown Greenville!