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.
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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Asheville who work in sales jobs (11.98%), management occupations (10.20%), and office and administrative support (9.65%).
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 8.39% 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.
One of the benefits of Asheville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.04 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Asheville is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.43% 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 2010 was $28,323, 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 $113,292 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, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Asheville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.