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Tech – Racial Disparity in WNC

What is the digital divide for the Land-Of-Sky (LOS) regional counties when looking at the racial populations?

Where are the racial inequities?

For this data reporting, the Land-Of-Sky (LOS) counties include:

  • Buncombe
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Madison
  • Transylvania

No Internet Access (%)

In the Land-Of-Sky Region , two significant disparities:

  1. 19.0% of the hispanics in the LOS area do not have internet access when compared to North Carolina.
  2. 9.2% of the white population in the LOS area do not have internet access compared to 6.9% of North all Carolinians .
No Internet Access (%)
No Internet Access (%) – LOS vs NC by Race

No Internet Subscription

Buncombe – 7.2 % of Households with No Internet

In Buncombe County the hispanic population has the greatest percent of households with no internet.

Buncombe County % of households with no internet.
Buncombe County % of households with no internet.

Haywood – 13.6 % of Households with No Internet

In Haywood County, the black, hispanic, and native Americans represent significantly larger percentages of households with no internet.

Haywood County % of Households with No Internet
Haywood County % of Households with No Internet

Henderson – 7.6 % of Households with No Internet

In Henderson County, the hispanic population represents a high percent of households with no internet.

Henderson households without internet
Henderson households without internet

Transylvania – 10.9 % of Households with No Internet

In Transylvania County, the hispanic population represents the largest percentage of households with no internet.

% of Households with No Internet - Transylvania County, NC
Transylvania County, NC % of Households with No Internet

Households Without a Computer

Households without computers by WNC county
Households without computers by WNC county

Buncombe – 12.5% of Households with No Computer

Above average populations in Buncombe County without a computer include:

  • Black 15.1%
  • Hispanic 17.5%
Buncombe County NC % of Households with No Computer
Buncombe County NC % of Households with No Computer

Haywood – 17.3% of Households with No Computer

Above average populations in Haywood County without a computer include:

  • Black 23.7%
Haywood County NC % of Households  with NO Compute
Haywood County NC % of Households with NO Computer

Henderson – 13.1 % of Households with No Computer

Above average populations in Henderson County without a computer include:

  • Black 15.1%
  • Native American 22.4%
Henderson County % of Households with NO Computer

Madison – 19 % of Households with No Computer

Madison County NC % of Households with NO Computer

Transylvania – 10.6 % of Households with No Computer

Above average populations in Henderson County without a computer include:

  • Hispanic 18.9%
  • Asian 16.5%
  • Black 12.9%
Transylvania % Households with NO Computer
Transylvania % Households with NO Computer


Racial Disparity in the Land of Sky Region. ArcGIS StoryMaps. Published November 10, 2020. Accessed September 23, 2021. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/4378eb31075b4732ab90c28d0cf538cb