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Overview

Introduction to Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the convergence of the Swannanoe and French Broad rivers in Buncombe County. The city is known as a center for art for the region. Asheville has been recognized as one of the best cities to live in by various noteworthy sources. The city is home to one of the most prominent collections of Art Deco architecture in the country and is a popular destination for tourists.

History

The area known as Asheville had been home to the Cherokee Indians. In the year 1540 Hernando DeSoto, a Spanish explorer and his party arrived in the region and unfortunately brought with them diseases which significantly reduced the population of the native inhabitants. In 1797 Morristown was renamed Asheville as a tribute to the Governor of North Carolina, Samuel Ashe.

During the Civil War a large number of men from Asheville joined the Confederates and a significantly smaller group joined the Union. After the Civil War ended the city experienced economic difficulties. Beginning with the Great Depression and through the 1980s the city's economy grew very slowly. During the 1890s the town was recognized internationally as a prominent health resort. In 1916 Asheville was severely harmed by a noteworthy flood which was produced by a tropical storm.

Transportation

The city is served by the Asheville Regional Airport. Bus transportation is provided by the Asheville Transit System.

Architecture

  • The renowned Biltmore Estate has the appearance of a French Renaissance chateau and is recognized as one of the biggest privately owned homes in the country and typically attracts more than a million visitors on an annual basis
  • The art deco City Hall
  • Battery Park Hotel
  • The Jackson Building features Neo-Gothic style architecture
  • The Smith-McDowell House is the oldest home in the city and is part of the National Register of Historic Places
  • Grove Arcade
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence
  • Grove Park Inn is included in the National Register of Historic Places and is the location of a modern day spa
  • The Historic Montford neighborhood features Victorian homes
  • Biltmore Village
  • YMI Cultural Center

Attractions

  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • Historic Hendersonville & Village of Flat Rock
  • Historic Johnson Farm
  • Museum of the Cherokee Indian
  • Park Place Education, Arts & Science
  • Riverside Cemetery
  • Wheels Through Time Museum

Activities

  • Asheville Ghost Trolley
  • Asheville Historic Trolley Tours
  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad takes passengers through river gorges and mountain tunnels
  • Live music is prominent in the area and is part of the tourist based economy
  • Water recreation activities are popular in the region, especially whitewater kayaking
  • The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

Higher Education

Asheville is home to South College, University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

People

Total Population 86,789
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 42,730
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 39.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,369
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,010
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,894

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,538
% Above Poverty Level 82.7%
% Below Poverty Level 17.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.7%
Median Gross Rent $866
Median House Value $199,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 14.1%
Irish 12.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Asheville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 99 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Buncombe
Metro Area Asheville
Standard Zip Codes 28801, 28803, 28804, 28805, 28806, 28810
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28802, 28813, 28814, 28815, 28816
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.6
Longitude -82.554

Asheville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ASHEVILLE
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Station SWANNANOA 2 SSE
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 75 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Station FLETCHER 2 NE
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 49 F
Apr Temp 40 to 69 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Asheville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Biltmor (28813)

West Ashville (28806)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Biltmore Forest 1,474 $165,625
Black Mountain 8,079 $48,111
Fletcher 7,394 $72,120
Marshall 764 $43,250
Montreat 677 $66,974
Weaverville 3,834 $56,406

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Asheville Public Libraries

Library
Asheville-buncombe Library System
67 HAYWOOD STREET
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 250-4713

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Asheville Hospitals

MEMORIAL MISSION HOSPITAL AND ASHEVILLE SURGERY CE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
509 BILTMORE AVE
(828) 213-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

Asheville VA Medical Center
(VA)
1100 Tunnel Road
(828) 298-7911 or (800) 932-6408
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A C REYNOLDS HIGH
1 ROCKET DRIVE
828-298-2500
Serves 1,440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

T C ROBERSON HIGH
250 OVERLOOK ROAD
828-654-1765
Serves 1,437 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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419 MCDOWELL STREET
828-255-5352
Serves 1,225 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

CLYDE A ERWIN HIGH
60 LEES CREEK ROAD
828-232-4251
Serves 1,128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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340 VICTORIA ROAD
828-232-4123
Serves 75 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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175 BINGHAM ROAD
828-251-0499
A Vocational School

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Biltmore House from the south terrace. c1902.

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Biltmore House from the south terrace. c1902.

Biltmore House. c1902.

Biltmore House. c1902.

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