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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Asheville is a town in North Carolina with a population of 90,531. Asheville is in Buncombe County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Asheville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Asheville there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Asheville and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Asheville are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$242,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,001
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    498.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    63
    40.7
  • Robbery
    174.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    889.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,861.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    574.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

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Asheville is the best place on Earth. If you love hiking, hippies, beer, and beautiful views, this is the perfect place for you. But hurry fast! Asheville is slowing becoming less diverse and less cultured because of gentrification and housing costs rising. Traffic can be bad, but if you're looking for a beautiful town that's not too small, and not too big, this is an amazing place to be.
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Asheville has a great downtown, and is an excellent city to visit for anyone interested performance art, boutique shopping, and beer. Asheville is home to many breweries and has a great tourist industry surrounding the craft. the Asheville area is also home to the Black Mountain College Museum and the Folk Arts Center, both of which focus on the historical craft element in Appalachia. the mountains surrounding Asheville offer many beautiful hiking places in which to connect to the outdoors, just watch out for bears! the only drawback to visiting would be the difficulty of finding parking downtown itself, as the infrastructure is not designed for how popular the town has become in the recent past.
I love Asheville! It is a beautiful small city placed just upon the mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is so much to do here. I can go on hikes to waterfalls, hang out downtown at local shops, and stroll through the neighborhood. The food here is exquisite, and the diversity is growing. The city is beautiful in all seasons, and day and night. Asheville feels like home and welcomes you.