Saluda is a tiny city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 706 people and just one neighborhood, Saluda is the 440th largest community in North Carolina. Saluda has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Real Estate Prices
Saluda real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Saluda house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Saluda is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Saluda is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Saluda who work in sales jobs (23.21%), management occupations (13.39%) and food service (12.50%).
Of important note, Saluda is also a city of artists. Saluda has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Saluda’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Saluda is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Saluda has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Saluda has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Saluda than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Saluda may be for you.
Saluda is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.