- Buncombe County convicted nine individuals to death row in 2009. One third of these individuals were black, even though blacks comprised just 7.1% of Buncombe County's population at the time (NC Department of Corrections and 2010 United States Census).
- In 2010, 82 of 159 individuals on North Carolina's death row were black. 22% named Buncombe County as their county of residence. Black men comprised less than 4% of the county's population (NC Department of Corrections and 2010 United States Census).