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Asheville NC Information & Demographics

Asheville NC Information & Demographics

Foodies, artists and outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the Blue Ridge Mountains like a magnet seeking the best of Asheville. Named America's Happiest City by Self Magazine, the outdoor cafes, street performers and abundant art galleries provide fun ways to play in Asheville. George Vanderbilt built America's largest private home named The Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina. Today, over one million visitors tour the estate annually to see the priceless art, home furnishings and exquisite gardens. The Grove Park Inn is the second most visited tourist attraction designed with fascinating Hansel and Gretel architecture. Sunset views on the veranda of the Grove Park Inn gently fall over the Asheville city skyline providing memorable photo opportunities.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway travels through the heart of Asheville at an elevation averaging 5,000 feet and is one of the best places to view the fall foliage in Western North Carolina. Mount Mitchell State Park is the highest peak in North America at 6,684 feet clearly visible from downtown. Asheville North Carolina is a fabulous walking city both day and night and is pet friendly. Ashevillian’s are advocates and environmentally conscious people. They are quick to peacefully protest the destruction of any natural resource in the area in Pack Square. The diversity of people who call Asheville home stretches from hippies wearing tie dye clothing to affluent American's decked out in expensive blue jeans. It's hard to distinguish the trust fund babies wearing backpacks from the average Joe.

Over 30 years ago, the leaders of Asheville had a grand vision for the city launching the Bele Chere Festival, America's largest music and art street festival. Art festivals take place year round in the heart of the city including the impromptu weekly Friday night Drum Circle. Just beyond the city of Asheville spreading out in every direction are best small towns in Western North Carolina, each unique with their own attributes. With Asheville considered a top choice to Baby Boomer's who are searching for where to retire, the 'spill over' cities too are quickly becoming more appealing to folks who don't live in a fast growing city. To the north are the towns of Burnsville and Mars Hill. To the south, Hendersonville and Cashiers. To the east, Black Mountain and Lake James. To the west, Waynesville and Maggie Valley.

If you're searching for where to retire in Western North Carolina, here are reasons why to consider America's Happiest City, Asheville NC:


Asheville was named the #1 Best Small City by American Style Magazine for its art influence. The preserved Art Deco architecture, number of working art studios and art galleries have given this mountain city recognition for its creative culture. In fact, the Asheville Arts Council created the City of 1,000 Easels which is a self guided walking tour of art displays in downtown Asheville. The Asheville Art Museum is home to art exhibitions, social events and art classes. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Lyrical Opera present Masterworks and Professional Opera performances year round. The Orange Peel was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top five rock clubs in America and the club draws headline music bands from around the world. The Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and Asheville Community Theatre present professional dance, comedies and dramas throughout the year. The Asheville Community Theater has been voted the Best Theater Group in Western North Carolina. The Montford Park Players are known for their Shakespeare festival Theatre Under the Stars.The Folk Art Center is located in Asheville at mile post 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and has an impressive collection of Appalachian art on display and for sale. There are a number of historic museums in the Asheville area to explore.


At an elevation of 2,000 feet, the city of Asheville’s average winter temperature is in the high 30k’s December through February. The average annual snow fall is about 15 inches. When it does snow in Asheville, the snow quickly disappears from the warm sunshine. May through September, the average temperature ranges in the high 60k’s to low 70’s. The city is located in a valley with mountains surrounding it in every direction. Asheville experiences four distinct seasons.


Asheville North Carolina is considered a best college town. There are 3 college campuses in Asheville: Warren Wilson College, UNC Asheville and Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. At the UNC Asheville campus, the Creative Center for Retirement offers over 100 lifelong learning courses designed specifically for mature adults such as classes in architecture, arts and crafts, film, history, language, literature, music, personal development and wellness. In addition to the college campuses, many of the art galleries, museums and local clubs offer more lifelong long classes.


Mission Hospital and the VAMC Hospital are the two primary hospitals in downtown Asheville. Mission Hospital is rated a Top 100 Heart Hospital and is ranked as one of the Top 15 Health Care Systems in the country. Specialties include cancer care, chronic disease management, heart care, genetics, neurosciences, orthopedics, surgery, sleep disorders and weight management. The VAMC also known as the Asheville Veterans Hospital provides quality medical care to more than 100,000 Veterans in Western North Carolina.


The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s Most Favorite Scenic Drive and the parkway passes through downtown Asheville. Hiking trails, waterfalls and scenic outlooks are stops along the parkway. The city is surrounded by more than 1,000,000 acres of protected forest; Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest. These large parks provide excellent hiking and mountain biking experiences. There are more than 100 more parks in the Asheville area. Ask us for the 'Year of the Park' brochure providing details about all the parks. The French Broad River flows through downtown Asheville and provides exciting whitewater rafting or fly fishing opportunities in the slower moving sections of the river. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is accessed just north of Asheville and Chimney Rock State Park to the southeast overlooking Lake Lure. The are a number of private, semi-private and public golf courses in the Asheville area.


According to Yelp, there are almost 500 restaurants in the Asheville area and 40 of them are rated four to five stars. Asheville is considered a foodie hotspot because just about every type of cuisine can be found in Asheville. In 2010, the city was named Beer City USA, home to a large number of tasty microbreweries. As a walking city, there are more than 200 stores and boutiques to shop and explore in downtown Asheville without needing a car. Big box stores like Belk, Sears, JC Penney and Dillard’s are located at the Asheville Mall and the Biltmore Square Mall. Asheville has weekly Tailgate Market featuring locally grown organic produce and homemade items. Voted America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City, the 38,000 square foot WNC Farmer's Market in Asheville provides a large variety of fruit and vegetables to the region.


Asheville homes for sale average in the $ 200k’s. Urban downtown condominiums are a popular choice because the city is an easy walking city. As a popular tourist destination, 3RD HOME luxury home exchanges are a great way to leverage your Asheville second home to travel around the world. The city of Asheville is located in Buncombe County. The 2012 estimated real estate tax millage rate is .009 per $100 which is the highest tax millage rate in the area supporting Asheville’s growing infrastructure. Visit our library to learn how to calculate real estate taxes in Asheville. The crime rate per City Data for 2010 was 361.90 or 13% above the national average. There are more than 200 master planned communities near the best of Asheville to find a mountain home.

Asheville Regional Airport: AVL
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int. Airport: ATL
Charlotte Douglas Int. Airport: CLT
McGhee Tyson Airport Knoxville: TYS
Piedmont Triad International Airport: GSO
Arts and Culture
Asheville Arts Center
Asheville Community Theatre
Asheville Downtown Gallery Association
Asheville Lyrical Opera
Asheville Symphony
Asheville Vaudeville
Magnetic Theatre
North Carolina Stage Company
River Arts District
Colleges and Universities
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - enrollment 7,500
University of North Carolina Asheville - enrollment 3,900
Warren Wilson College - enrollment 900
Creative Center for Retirement - UNCA campus
Crime Index
Events and Festivals
Festival of Flowers Biltmore Estate - April / May
Downtown After 5 - May
LEAF - Lake Eden Arts Festival May and October
Asheville Fourth of July Celebration
Bele Chere - Largest US street festival held in July
Shindig on the Green - July and August
Goombay - August
North Carolina Mountain State Fair - September
Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival ( LAAFF ) September
Brewgrass Festival - September
Taste of Asheville - November
Gingerbread House Competition - November
Hospital/ Healthcare
Asheville VA Medical Center
Memorial Mission Hospital
Mission Children's Hospital
Park Ridge Health Medical Center
Poular Attractions
Asheville Brews Cruise
Asheville Food Tours
Blue Ridge Parkway
Friday Night Drum Circle - downtown Asheville
Grove Park Inn
LaZoom Comedy Tour
North Carolina Arboretum
Pack Square downtown center
The Biltmore Estate
The Orange Peel - Top Music Venue in the Country
Western North Carolina Nature Center
Real Estate Taxes
Sales Tax
Shopping and Retail
Appalachian Craft Center
Asheville Mall
Biltmore Square Mall
Biltmore Village
Grove Arcade
State and National Parks
Chimney Rock State Park
Lake James State Park
Mount Mitchell State Park
Pisgah National Forest
Top Employers

Mission Health System - employs 3,000
Buncombe School System - employs 3,000
Ingles Supermarket - employs 3,000
State of North Carolina - employs 1,000
Buncombe County - employs 1,000
Asheville VA Medical Center - employs 1,000
City of Asheville - employs 1,000
Wal-Mart - employs 1,000
The Biltmore Company - employs 1,000
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - employs 1,000
Eaton Corporation - employs 1,000

Asheville, NC Accolades


  • Trip Advisor ranks Asheville #1 for Top Fall Foliage Destination
  • Asheville is Beer City USA for Second Year
  • Ranked #1 by American Style Magazine for Top 25 Small Cities
  • Ranked #21 by for Best Places for Business and Careers, #10 for Cost of Doing Business
  • Ranked #2 as One of the Nation's Top Arts Destinations - AmericanStyle Magazine
  • Ranked #6 Best Metro Places for Business & Careers -, March 2009
  • Included in 21 Best U.S. Towns for Baby Boomers' Active Retirement -

  • 11 of 20 Best Places to Retire - Black Enterprise magazine, October 2008
  • 7 of Top 10 Best Midsize Cities for Doing Business -, July 2008
  • 46 of 200 Best Performing Large Cities, 2nd Biggest Single-Year Gainer - Milken Institute, September 2008
  • 2 of the Top 25 Small-City Art Destinations for 2008 - AmericanStyle magazine, June Issue 2008
  • 26 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers - Forbes, March 2008
  • 41 of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch - CNN, March 2008


  • 5-Star Business Opportunity - Metro Expansion Management, August 2007
  • Best Southern Town - Outside magazine's August edition 2007
  • 7 of Top U.S. Cities to live - Frommer's Cities Ranked & Rated 2nd Edition, May 2007
  • 23 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers - Forbes, April 2007
  • 1 of the top 100 places to live in 2007 Relocate - America, April 2007
  • 2 of Top 10 easy spring weekend getaways - MSNBC, April 2007
  • 3 of the Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations - VirtualTourist, Spring 2007
  • 1 of 10 America's Best Eco-Neighborhoods - Natural Home, January/February 2007

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Asheville NC Demographics - 2000 US Census Data:
Population Asheville North Carolina
   Total Population 68,889 8,049,313
   Male 46.8% 49.0%
   Female 53.2% 51.0%
   18 years and over 80.4% 75.6%
   65 years and over 18.3% 12.0%
   Married Persons 46.8% 56.3%
   Single Persons 53.2% 43.7%
   Median Age 39.2 35.3
   Average Family Size 2.81 2.98

Ethnicity Asheville North Carolina
   White 79.3% 73.1%
   Black or African American 18.2% 22.1%
   American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8% 1.6%
   Asian 1.2% 1.7%
   Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1%
   Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 3.8% 4.7%
   Other 2.1% 2.8%

Housing Characteristics Asheville North Carolina
    Total Housing Units 33,596 3,523,944
   Median Home Cost $109,100 $108,300
   Number of Households 30,690 3,132,013
   Persons per Household 2.14 2.49

Economic Characteristics Asheville North Carolina
   Median Household Income $32,772 $39,184
   Per Capita Income $20,024 $20,307
   In Labor Force 61.3% 65.7%
   Families below poverty level 10.3% 9.0%

Education Characteristics Asheville North Carolina
  School Enrollment
    Elementary School Enrollment 6,463 913,173
    High School Enrollment 2,898 417,749
    College or Graduate School 4,655 462,275

Educational Attainment Population 25 yrs + Asheville North Carolina
   High School Graduate 23.7% 28.4%
   Associates Degree 6.5% 6.8%
   Bachelor's Degree 19.6% 15.3%
   Graduate or Professional Degree 10.8% 7.2%

Other Area Attractions and Links of Interest
  • Bele Chere
  • Looking Glass Falls
  • Folkmoot USA
  • Maggie Valley NC
  • Ghost Town in The Sky
  • Biltmore House and Gardens
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel
  • Mount Mitchell State Park
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
  • North Carolina Apple Festival
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Sliding Rock
  • The Grove Park Inn
  • The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre: HART
  • The Nantahala National Forest
  • The Pisgah National Forest
  • The Wheels Through Time Museum
  • WNC Mountain State Fair
  • Waynesville, NC
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