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Buncombe County, Crime Reports (2011)
Total Violent Crime:155
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:3
Forcible Rape:15
Aggravated Assault:104
Total Property Crime:2,059
Larceny Theft:998
Motor Vehicle Theft:170
Buncombe County, Census Data
Information About People and Demographics
Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 238,318
Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 2000206,270
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201016%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201031,988
April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population206,330
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age14,090
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age6%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age48,027
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age 21%
July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older16%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older36,899
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents52%
County's white resident population recorded in 2010208,192
County's black resident population recorded in 201015,211
County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 2010948
County's Asian resident population recorded in 20102,417
County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010289
Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races4,995
Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin14,254
Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010201,241
Countywide percentage of white residents in 201087%
Countywide percentage of black residents in 20106%
Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20100%
Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20106%
Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201084%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in Buncombe County
Births 20072,863
Deaths 20072,301
Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 200713
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200983

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of Buncombe County Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 20095%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 20097%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200986%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200931%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 200921,441

Current Housing and Real Estate Data

Households located in Buncombe County
Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-200921
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009110,587
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 200916,641
Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 200918%
Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 68%
Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 $179,700
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200916%
Total number of households between 2005-200996,465
Average size of households between 2005-20092

Buncombe County Employment Data

Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County
Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 $26,209
2009 Countywide income of median households in Buncombe County$40,979
Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 200916%
The personal income of persons employed in 2007$7,550
Per capita income of persons employed in 2007$33,347
Labor force of civilian workers in 2009118,107
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 200910,170
The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 9
Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 160,570
Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 21,964
People employed by the government in 2007 16,745
Earnings by persons working in all industries in 20075,587,441
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200734,798
Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 7,438
The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 106,056
Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008 7%
Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS 21,658
Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 2007684,287

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of Buncombe County
Total number of firms located in the County for the year 200729,566
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20072%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20071%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200728%
Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 3,211,724
Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 20071,162,902
Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 3,597,871
Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 15,862

Land Valuation

Property value and Buncombe County territory
2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 909
The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 147,816
Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms72,087
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year1,757,374
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year7,673
Size in square miles of land as of 2000656
Population per square mile in the year 2010363
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ICYMI: NC FAST will improve the way social service benefits are administered
NC FAST is a radical transformation from the way we've done it in the past,' [Buncombe County Director of Human Services Budget Team Jim] Holland said. 'We believe it is the right way to do business. There is a cost to that.
Happening February 07 2014 - Source:

DPS Partners with Other Agencies to Make Multiple Drug Arrests at Buncombe County Club
Agents with North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested 11 people on drug charges Oct. 10 following a year-long investigation of a nightclub in west Asheville.
Happening October 11 2013 - Source:

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos tours county DSS offices
DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos visited Buncombe County DSS as part of a tour of social services departments in the western part of the state this week to thank local DSS staff for their work on NC FAST implementation.
Happening September 23 2013 - Source:

1:12-cv-00383 Willingham v. Buncombe County Correctional Center
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Happening September 06 2013 - Source:

State suing Sutton Electric Plant/Duke Energy
RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The state has filed two lawsuits for injunctive relief against Duke Energy Progress Inc. and Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC for claims related to the discharge of wastewater from the utility’s North Carolina coal ash impoundments that were not included in the state’s earlier legal actions. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources filed the two complaints Friday in Wake and Mecklenburg counties seeking a state Superior Court order to require the utility to address groundwater and wastewater violations at 12 sites the utility uses to store coal ash residuals. Each complaint addresses violations found at six facilities. Monitoring of groundwater at the compliance boundaries of the 12 power plants revealed levels of chemical constituents that exceed standards for groundwater protection. Also, state water quality inspectors have observed seeps, or releases of liquids not authorized as part of the permitted discharges, at most of the facilities. The utility’s permit violations, “without assessing the problem and taking corrective action, pose a serious danger to the health, safety and welfare of the people of the State of North Carolina and serious harm to the water resources of the State,” the complaints state. The two lawsuits filed on Friday relate to permit violations the state found at Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford County, Buck Steam Station in Rowan County, Allen Steam Station in Gaston County, Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County, Dan River Combined Cycle Station in Rockingham County, Marshall Steam Station in Catawba County, Cape Fear Steam Electric Generating Plant in Chatham County, H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant in Wayne County, Mayo Steam Electric Generating Plant and Roxboro Steam Electric Generating Plant in Person County, L. V. Sutton Electric Plant in New Hanover County and Weatherspoon Steam Electric Plant in Robeson County. For copies of the lawsuits or related documents, go online to the state Division of Water Resources’ website at and go to “DWR Water Quality Programs Hot Topics” listing. Earlier this year, the department filed motions for injunctive relief requiring the utility to address similar wastewater discharge permit compliance issues at the utility’s Asheville Steam Electric Generating Plant in Buncombe County and the Riverbend Steam Station in Gaston County. The state in July proposed a consent order with the utility regarding the Asheville and Riverbend locations. The proposed consent order would require the utility to determine the extent of the contamination, address the violations or potential violations at the two plants, pay a civil penalty for past violations and stiff fines assessed daily if the companies fail to comply with the requirements of the final consent order. The state also gave the public 30 days to comment on the proposed consent order. The comment period ended Wednesday. The state will consider the public comments and submit a summary of the comments to the court. The proposed consent order must be approved by the court to be final.
Happening August 16 2013 - Source:

1:13-cv-00224 Wilcoxson v. Buncombe County et al
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Happening August 12 2013 - Source:

Buncombe County, Missing People
Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources
A Silver Alert has been issued for LARRY CALVIN DOHY by the N.C. Center for Missing Persons
The BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHERIFF&apos;S OFFICE is searching for LARRY CALVIN DOHY who is a 68 year old male. Anyone with information should contact the BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHERIFF&apos;S OFFICE at 828-250-6670.
February 22 2014 - Source:,000014,000081,001683&amp;mpa=2545

A Silver Alert has been issued for Linda Lunsford Lunsford by the N.C. Center for Missing Persons
The Buncombe County Sheriff Office is searching for Linda Lunsford Lunsford who is a 55 year old female. Anyone with information should contact the Buncombe County Sheriff Office at 828-250-6670.
November 22 2013 - Source:,000014,000081,001683&amp;mpa=2446

Buncombe County, Crime News
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Ross Noble mocks Mock the Week
Stand-up comedian says the show is 'terrible'. Plus: Jo Brand cracks a Prince Harry cocaine joke, Russell Brand edits the New Statesman and more This week's comedy news Panel shows are, not for the first time, under fire this week, as Ross Noble pronounces judgment on BBC2's Mock the Week . It is, says the Geordie funnyman, "terrible". Perhaps not surprisingly for an improvising comic, Noble's ...
April 12 2014 - Source:

NC school: Boy can carry "My Little Pony" backpack
Buncombe County school officials say a 9-year-old boy can use his "My Little Pony" backpack when he returns to class.
March 21 2014 - Source:

Overdoses mounting in the mountains
3-4 : Deaths per month attributed to overdoses recently in Henderson County, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 80-85 : The estimated percentage of crimes in Henderson County linked to substance abuse.
March 15 2014 - Source:

Buncombe District Attorney’s race heats up
District Attorney Ron Moore speaking to the Council of Independent Business Owners on March 14. Photo by Alicia Funderburk. The race for Buncombe County District Attorney is heating up, with incumbent Ron Moore touting his accomplishments to a local business group (and taking to Twitter) and challenger Todd Williams accumulating endorsements from some local politicians and judges. Moore, a ...
March 14 2014 - Source:

Asheville reporter Barb Blake shares 40 years of stories
Barb Blake at the front door of the Asheville Citizen-Times, where she begins her 40th year as a reporter on Monday. / Erin Brethauer /
December 29 2013 - Source:

Commission rejects Buncombe innocence claims
The N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission rejected claims by three Buncombe County men that they had nothing to do with a murder that two co-defendants were cleared of two years ago.
December 20 2013 - Source:


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