Swannanoa: Community Profile


Located in eastern Buncombe County

Proximity to other towns:
11.7 miles east of Asheville
4.4 miles west of Black Mountain

Elevation: 2220 feet
Land area: 6.36 square miles.
Population density: 711 people per square mile

United States (16.6%),
English (12.8%),
German (9.2%),
Irish (8.7%),
Scotch-Irish (5.2%),
Dutch (2.9%).

Population in July 2007:
4,526 people live in the central Swannnoa area.
The population for the zip code encompassing Swannanoa is a little over 10,000

Most common occupations for males:

  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
Most common industries for females (%):

  • Health care (21%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Personal and laundry services (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)

Swannanoa compared to North Carolina state average:

Median house value below state average.
Unemployed percentage below state average.
Black race population percentage above state average.
Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
Renting percentage below state average.
Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average

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