Asheville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 92,870 people and 31 constituent neighborhoods, Asheville is the 11th largest community in North Carolina.
Asheville real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Asheville house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Asheville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Asheville is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Asheville who work in food service (10.94%), sales jobs (10.10%), and healthcare (10.08%).
Of important note, Asheville is also a city of artists. Asheville has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Asheville’s character.
Also of interest is that Asheville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.26% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about Asheville, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Asheville is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Asheville a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Asheville is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.76% of adults in Asheville have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Asheville in 2018 was $32,459, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,836 for a family of four. However, Asheville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Asheville is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Asheville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Asheville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Asheville include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Asheville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.