What you need to know about Asheville, NC

Asheville is home to the world’s only Foodtopian Society, evident in its many independent restaurants, breweries and farmers markets. Residents and tourists also enjoy the vibrant music and arts scene, festivals year round, plus a multitude of high-adventure outdoor activities throughout its beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains environment. With top-notch health care  and attractions such as Biltmore, it's easy to see why Livability named Asheville as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Asheville also home to several colleges and universities.  

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Top 10 Best Cities for Pets 2010
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2012
The Most Googled Questions (And Answers) About Asheville, NC
Find the answers to your most pressing Asheville-related questions.
Why Asheville Is One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America
Great food, craft beers, arts and schools make this a great place to live
Farm Burger and Other Great Restaurants in Asheville
Farm-fresh ingredients, inventive chefs and big appetites intersect at the table for a uniquely Asheville culinary experience
Top Employers in Asheville, NC
Listing of Asheville's Top Employers

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Population

85,783
Up by 12.46%
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8 Reasons to Move to Asheville, NC
From its title as "Beer City USA" to the Biltmore, this mountain town is not one to pass up.
Asheville LGBT-friendly
Asheville, NC May Be the Most LGBT-Friendly City in the U.S.
This progressive, lively community has a long history of welcoming LGBT visitors and residents

Nearby Cities

French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, NC.
Chocolate Lover's Dream

In addition to 50 restaurants with amazing desserts, downtown Asheville offers fine, handmade local chocolates at places such as French Broad Chocolate Lounge and The Chocolate Fetish 

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The Most Googled Questions (And Answers) About Asheville, NC
Find the answers to your most pressing Asheville-related questions.
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Asheville, NC: 'Discrimination, in any form, is not acceptable'
"It's not acceptable in Asheville. It’s not acceptable in western North Carolina and it’s not acceptable in our state."

Housing

Homes Owned 50.77%
50.77% Complete
Homes Rented 49.23%
49.23% Complete
LookHomeward, Angel

Asheville’s most famous literary son, Thomas Wolfe, was born in 1900 at a 29-room boarding house his mother ran, which was immortalized in Wolfe’s celebrated autobiographical novel LookHomeward, Angel. Wolfe’s former home is now preserved as a historic site, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Real Estate

In Asheville, North Carolina


Ready to move to Asheville? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Asheville.
Southern dairies are making it easy for the region's shops and restaurants to create artisan cheeses.
The 6 Best Southern Cheeses
The artisan cheese industry in the southeast U.S. has blossomed. Here are the best examples of great Southern cheese.

Median Home Price

$198,400
Higher than the state average
"Foodtopia"

The farm-to-table movement that helped Asheville earn its status as a "Foodtopia" continues to grow as more restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets offer meats, vegetables, fruits and other foods that were locally grown and produced.

Neighborhoods in Asheville, NC
Why Asheville Is One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America
Great food, craft beers, arts and schools make this a great place to live
A girl kayaks on French Broad River.
Family-Friendly Activities in Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC has many great family-friendly activities including national parks, indoor play places, and more.
The mountains and the changing seasons make this one of the most beautiful areas on earth. That’s probably why the restaurants here are so good. Great scenery, great attitude, great food.

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Asheville's Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, considered the nation’s most scenic highway, runs through Asheville and enters the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Schools

In Asheville, North Carolina


The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Asheville rates.

Median Household Income

$44,077
Lower than the national average
Asheville's The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Whether it’s a sold-out Bob Dylan show, a rock opera or an up-and-coming local band, The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club is a must-see in Asheville, NC

Business

In Asheville, North Carolina


Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Asheville.
OM Sanctuary Gardens in Asheville, NC
Health-Care Options in Asheville, NC
City has a number of health-care options, from traditional medicine to homeopathic healing
Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures in Asheville, NC
Sports & Recreation in Asheville, NC
Have fun and play at a variety of venues

Residents

Most residents are
Over 65 Years old
Asheville Regional Airport
Asheville, NC Business Overview
Asheville's economy continues to grow strong
An older woman in a blue shirt sits cross legged in front of a yoga class while everyone stretches their necks with an arm raised around their heads.
Creative Retirement in Asheville, NC
Area attracts older adults with creative scene, active living
Asheville's Golf Scene

There are more than 40 golf courses in the Asheville region, as the weather is ideal for the sport much of the year

See where Asheville ranked on our list of Top 10 Golf Cities.

Raspberry truffle from French Broad Chocolates
Asheville, NC Local Flavor Overview
Friendly, community-oriented restaurants – with great food to boot
Minor League Baseball in Asheville

McCormick Field in Asheville, NC, is the longtime home of the Asheville Tourists, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. 

Health

In Asheville, North Carolina


Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Asheville.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 45%
45% Complete
Graduated High School 92%
92% Complete
Asheville is Family Friendly
Asheville is Family Friendly

Asheville means fun for every member of the family.  Slip and slide at Pisgah National Forest’s famous Sliding Rock, and get wet at Pack Square Park’s Splasheville! 

 

Customers order drinks and taste beers at Hi-Wire Brewing bar in Asheville, NC
Entrepreneur and Start-Up Culture Grows in Asheville, NC
Asheville attracts and empowers the entrepreneurial class
Farm Burger and Other Great Restaurants in Asheville
Farm-fresh ingredients, inventive chefs and big appetites intersect at the table for a uniquely Asheville culinary experience

Asheville, NC's Rankings

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Top 10 Best Cities for Pets 2010
Top 10 Foodie Cities 2012
Top 10 Minor League Baseball Teams 2010

More About Asheville, NC

8 Reasons to Move to Asheville, NC
From its title as "Beer City USA" to the Biltmore, this mountain town is not one to pass up.
Asheville, NC May Be the Most LGBT-Friendly City in the U.S.
This progressive, lively community has a long history of welcoming LGBT visitors and residents
The Most Googled Questions (And Answers) About Asheville, NC
Find the answers to your most pressing Asheville-related questions.
Asheville, NC: 'Discrimination, in any form, is not acceptable'
"It's not acceptable in Asheville. It’s not acceptable in western North Carolina and it’s not acceptable in our state."
The 6 Best Southern Cheeses
The artisan cheese industry in the southeast U.S. has blossomed. Here are the best examples of great Southern cheese.
Why Asheville Is One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America
Great food, craft beers, arts and schools make this a great place to live
Family-Friendly Activities in Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC has many great family-friendly activities including national parks, indoor play places, and more.
Health-Care Options in Asheville, NC
City has a number of health-care options, from traditional medicine to homeopathic healing
Sports & Recreation in Asheville, NC
Have fun and play at a variety of venues
Asheville, NC Business Overview
Asheville's economy continues to grow strong
Creative Retirement in Asheville, NC
Area attracts older adults with creative scene, active living
Asheville, NC Local Flavor Overview
Friendly, community-oriented restaurants – with great food to boot
Asheville, NC Continues to Expand Greenway System
Trail projects encourage more walking, biking
Entrepreneur and Start-Up Culture Grows in Asheville, NC
Asheville attracts and empowers the entrepreneurial class
Companies in Asheville Give Back
The city's charitable giving and volunteerism outstrip its size
Farm Burger and Other Great Restaurants in Asheville
Farm-fresh ingredients, inventive chefs and big appetites intersect at the table for a uniquely Asheville culinary experience
Why Asheville, NC Is Beer City, USA
Check out Asheville's coldest, frothiest growing industry
Entrepreneurial Spirit Is Alive in Asheville, NC
Asheville teems with a creative energy that both fuels and feeds off businesses
Outdoor Activities in Asheville Give Residents a Natural High
Asheville and western North Carolina are a natural nirvana when it comes to things to do outdoors
Education Options in Asheville, NC
City's choice of public, private and higher education attracts relocating families and businesses
Asheville's Arts and Cultural Scene
Events, attractions make Asheville, N.C., a destination for lovers of art, music, history and crafts
Discover Asheville, NC's Golf Courses
Asheville, NC golf courses are very unique, ranging from high-end to average courses, including a course designed by Tiger Woods.
Mountain Biking in the Asheville, NC Region
Asheville is a gateway to some of the best mountain biking trails
Fly Fishing in Asheville, NC
Asheville, North Carolina is a popular fly fishing destination with access to many rivers such as the Pigeon River, Davidson River, and more.