B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$151,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$669
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,611
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    0%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    41%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

    Balfour Reviews

    2 reviews
    Still considered a subpar Asheville neighbor with a large population of old white people and country-folk who get cranky about youth, minorities, and liberals. More affordable than Asheville, and close enough to there that more and more people are moving here over Asheville, many of which are bringing their creativity and entrepreneurship to town. I can see this town changing from an old, country mountain town to one that rivals Asheville in creativity and experience in the next 10-20 years.
    Review Balfour
    Little to no crime in my neighborhood.