110 reviews
  1. Town in North Carolina
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$198,400
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$852
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    295
    264
  • Murder
    5
    5
  • Rape
    49
    37
  • Robbery
    220
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    954
    575
  • Theft
    3,588
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    308
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,077
National
$53,046
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Asheville Reviews

110 reviews
All Categories
Overall, Asheville is a wonderful place to live. The community is great and there are tons of fabulous restaurants and breweries! There are a couple of drawbacks, however. First, housing is outrageously expensive in Asheville. I recommend finding roommates before you plan to move here if you're alone. Secondly, jobs are hard-ish to come by and generally tend to pay less than the national average for most professions. The following perks outweigh the negatives for me: In addition to having a wonderful sense of community & deliciously creative dining options, Asheville supports many local businesses. Most places are pet friendly as well. My personal decision for moving to Asheville was to go to school at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. They have a phenomenal psychology department filled with brilliant professors.
I absolutely love Asheville! It is one of the best vacation spots full of creativity, nature lovers, and artists. Blue ridge parkway is a must see especially in the fall when he leaves are changing colors. There are a lot of beautiful lookouts and hiking spots. The Biltmore mansion is a lovely place to visit. Learning the history of the plantation and touring it is so important. They also have a lovely garden and vineyard with wine tasting included. Downtown Asheville has really unique shops and most of them are local. The local businesses have a heart in the window so you know to support them. Asheville is a very dog friendly town. My favorite spot is in the barcade called champagne and wine bar book exchange. They allow you to bring your pets, browse through books from all over the world, and enjoy a glass of wine. Their Italian dessert wine is to die for. Asheville is definitely a must see!
Asheville is a wonderful eclectic community with a variety of activities which involve all ages. Since moving here, I felt at home because the citizens do not judge or condemn you for being different; in fact, they welcome newcomers with open arms. One of my favorite places to be is downtown Asheville because there are so many stores to shop in that are truly one of a kind. I also love being able to take a short ten-minute drive out of the city to experience the natural environment that has been untouched by industrialization. I did not highly rate a few of the following categories below because I feel that the city is a bit expensive and without good networking connections, it is hard to find a job out of the customer service industry. Although this may be a problem if one would prefer to live within the city, there is a solution—housing that is just outside the city of Asheville is more affordable in both taxes and rent.