At 43.3 years, the Asheville metro holds the highest median age among all metros in the state (see Chart 1). This is more than 17 years above Jacksonville, the North Carolina metro with the lowest median age. And while Jacksonville’s low number might be excused due to its sizeable younger military population, Asheville’s median is still more than five years above the national and state.
The median is the age in the middle, half the population is older and the other half younger. To get a better understanding of what’s behind Asheville’s median it is helpful to break out the population into the number of people that fall into specific age groups, information the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau provides of estimated population.