Asheville, NC
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Asheville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 89,121 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.30% 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.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Asheville is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Asheville area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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 German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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