Asheville, NC
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Asheville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 91,902 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (10.93%), food service (10.82%), and office and administrative support (10.14%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Asheville telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.30% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 19.15 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Asheville are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.96% of adults in Asheville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Asheville in 2010 was $28,933, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,732 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, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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