Waynesville has the 2610th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Waynesville is part of the Asheville metro area. Unemployment in the Asheville area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Asheville has the 137th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Waynesville is below average at $39,570, and the median cost of a home in Waynesville is $149,400, which is below the national average. 23% of workers in Waynesville hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 81% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Waynesville. 82% of Waynesville workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Waynesville spend an average of 20 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.