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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Asheville, North Carolina is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Asheville, North Carolina is more expensive.

Overall, Asheville, North Carolina cost of living is 101.90.

  COST OF LIVINGAsheville, North CarolinaUnited States
  Overall  102100
  Grocery  103.7100
  Health  104100
  Housing  103100
  Utilities  109100
  Transportation  97100
  Miscellaneous  101100


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Why Asheville?
It's beautiful, the people are great, friendly, diverse. But...the economy is not so great. High cost of living with low median income, not a great... (read more)
A living wage
I absolutely love the beauty of Asheville, but I have found it nearly impossible to find employment that offers a living wage. I am contemplating a move to either... (read more)
Don't move here-There are no living wage jobs!
As of August 2011 Asheville is reeling from the economic depression America is in. There are virtually no living wage jobs to be had, businesses have closed, house... (read more)
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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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