Asheville, NC
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Asheville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 88,512 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.

Asheville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.72% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Asheville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Asheville who work in sales jobs (11.42%), office and administrative support (10.56%), and management occupations (10.18%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.05% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.91 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Asheville ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Asheville, 44.98% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Asheville in 2010 was $28,106, 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 $112,424 for a family of four. However, Asheville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Asheville is a somewhat 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, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Asheville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.