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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.51% 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.

One thing noticeable about Asheville, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Asheville is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Asheville a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of Asheville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.16 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.

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.