According to statistics compiled from census data by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Buncombe County has more college-educated people than the national average, with 30.65 percent of the population having a bachelor’s degree or higher. The national average is 27.5 percent.
The numbers show that the most college-educated population within Buncombe are women (31.07 percent as compared to 30.16 percent of men). Also, 41.82 percent of Asian residents have a college degree, compared to 32.18 percent of whites, 12.10 percent for blacks and 11.69 percent for Hispanics.
While Buncombe’s level of college education exceeds the national average, other counties in the metro area are below it. Henderson County has 24.13 percent of the population college-educated, Madison County 16.11 percent and Haywood County 15.98 percent.
With data stretching back to 1940, the Chronicle‘s map shows that college education in Buncombe was below the national average until about 2000, and has risen since (from 25.26 percent to its current level).
— David Forbes, senior news reporter