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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  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
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Asheville is a town in North Carolina with a population of 89,318. 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 above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$227,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$954
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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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
    420.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    158.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    741.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,978.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    429.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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Asheville is a haven for hipsters and snobs alike, and everyone in-between. Travel back in time and experience what it feels like to be echelon at the Biltmore Estate, explore their botanical gardens, ride a horse through the farmlands, and of course peruse the mansion. For the more modern explorers, check out Pack Square Park on a Friday night at the drum circle. Where locals like to display their artistic abilities of instruments and dance, join in! Or you could venture to the Blue Ridge Parkway, with hiking, running and biking trails, you will never run out of outdoor activities to do, fun for the whole family.
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A once great place, over-touted by the Tourist Development Authority. Lots of crime. Rapid development everywhere - lots of downtown condos and hotels. TDA and city created a tax penalty on home vacation rentals. This is to try to keep working residents from Air BnB'ing their homes, in competition with the fresh-looking-but-shoddy-built hotels. Old infrastructure. Limited, low-paying jobs. Skewed leadership. Including Buncombe county tax office who, over the phone, admitted that they are very aggressive about tax collections. Great people. Good schools. Some great art galleries and museums. Some tasty restaurants. The fancy ones are mostly not worth the price. The affordable dining is a better value. Wealthy home buyers considering moving here should not count on workers fluid with luxury service industry to be here. They're in the big cities where they can actually make money. Asheville is too small for them.
I've lived in Asheville since the later half of 2015, and I gotta say, it's probably once of my favorite places! There are amazing restaurants everywhere, beautiful views, great people, and it's only a short drive from many dazzling natural attractions! The only reason it's not rated 5 stars, however, is because of there being a large amount of drug usage in certain areas.