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Is Working at Home More Likely in Asheville Metro?

According to the US Census Bureau, as of 2018 an estimated 4.9 percent of all workers age 16 and older worked at home. The percentage of home-based workers has been gradually increasing nationally, five years ago it was 4.3 percent.

How do workers in the four-county Asheville metro (Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood and Madison) compare to the nation? In 2018 the percentage of workers that worked at home in the Asheville metro was 8.1 percent; 3.2 percentage points above the nation. This represents 16,924 persons working from their homes. Over the last five years, the share of home-based workers has increased by 2.6 percentage points in the Asheville metro versus a moderate 0.6 point increase nationwide (see chart below).


Percent of Workers
Working at Home*

Percent of Workers Working at Home
*Ages 16 and over. 
Source: US Census Bureau, 5-year moving estimates

 

Compared to the fourteen other metros in the state, Asheville has the second highest percentage of home-based workers; second only to Raleigh (see chart below). Ten of the state’s metros have percentages below the national figure, with Goldsboro reporting just 2.9 percent of its workers working from home.

2018
North Carolina Metros
Percent of Workers
Working at Home*


2018 NC Metros Percent of Workers Working at Home

*Ages 16 and over.
Source: US Census Bureau, 5-year moving estimate

 

A closer examination into each of the Asheville metro’s individual counties reveals significant disparities. In Buncombe County, 9.7 percent of workers work from home; the highest percentage among all 100 North Carolina counties. The third highest percentage of workers working from home in the state, at 9.3 percent, is in Madison County. Henderson County’s home-based workers comprise 6.2 percent of its workforce. At 3.5 percent, only Haywood County falls below the national and statewide rates (see chart below).

2018
Asheville Metro Counties
Percent of Workers
Working at Home*

2018 Asheville Metro Counties Percent of Workers Working at Home
*Ages 16 and over.
Source: US Census Bureau, 5-year moving estimate

 

So, is working at home more likely in the Asheville metro? Yes, compared to rates in the nation, statewide and fourteen of North Carolina fifteen metros, workers in the Asheville metro are more likely to work from home. The percentage of home-based workers is also growing faster in the Asheville metro than nationally. However, a closer look at the metro’s individual counties shows wide differences; from Buncombe’s state-leading 9.7 percent to Haywood’s rate of 3.5 percent, which is below both the state and nation.

 

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