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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Attractive downtown
-Nearby mountains

Cons

-Home prices
-Air service
-Winter cold


What Bert Has To Say About Asheville Metro Area


Asheville lies at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, the highest portion of the Appalachian Range. The town is an eastern equivalent of the many mountain resort towns that dot the American west, particularly in the Rocky Mountains. Originally settled in the 1850’s as a health resort, Asheville has an interesting history- in the late 1800’s and especially the 1920’s the area was a popular retreat for wealthy vacationers, including eight presidents and many well-known industrialists. Today the area has an active economy and serves both as a getaway from summer heat in the nearby lowlands and as a travel destination for many in east coast cities.



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Quick Facts About Asheville


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Asheville is 3.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Asheville jobs have Increased by 2.77 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Asheville's cost of living is 9.30% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Asheville's population is 88,512 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 43.67 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 14 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Asheville is $229,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 19.47 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Asheville public schools spend $8,966 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15.5 students per teacher in Asheville.

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Keep the hysteria in check
Just wanted to chime in a few thoughts from a native who no longer lives there, but visits family regularly. I was born and raised in Asheville for all of my first 26... (read more)
7 year perspective
I read all of the other comments prior to adding a comment myself. I noticed that many posts were made by people from western states with much taller mountains, less... (read more)
Re-vitalization bordering on greed
I've grew up in the Asheville area and visit often. I've watched this place transform from a quaint and sometimes eccentric Southern town to an over-developed tourist... (read more)
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