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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.71% 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 food service (10.68%), sales jobs (10.56%), and office and administrative support (10.35%).

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: 9.51% 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.

Another interesting thing about Asheville, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Asheville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.16 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Asheville are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.16% 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 $31,075, 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 $124,300 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 Scots-Irish.

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