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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population87,531
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens17.1%
Employed Population 16+43,548
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married38.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher47%
Median Earnings25+$30,203
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,122
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,752

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,870
% Above Poverty Level83.8%
% Below Poverty Level16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home8.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone39.9%
Median Gross Rent$910
Median House Value$212,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.6%
English14.6%
German13.7%
Irish13.1%
Italian4.6%
Scottish4.2%
French Except Basque2.4%
Polish2.1%
Russian1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Welsh1%
Norwegian0.9%
African0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Romanian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Czech0.3%
Arab0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
Australian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Asheville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Buncombe County
Standard Zip Codes28801, 28805, 28806, 28810, 28804, 28803
P.O. Box Zip Codes28802, 28813, 28814, 28815, 28816
Phone Area Codes828
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.59
Approximate Longitude-82.56

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)

StationASHEVILLE
Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp27 to 46 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip37.3 inches
StationSWANNANOA 2 SSE
Distance9.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 40 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp60 to 75 F
Oct Temp43 to 61 F
Annual Precip52.4 inches
StationFLETCHER 2 NE
Distance11.2 miles
Jan Temp26 to 49 F
Apr Temp40 to 69 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 69 F
Annual Precip45.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Biltmore Forest1,516$177,750
Black Mountain8,168$50,889
Fletcher7,547$73,750
Marshall726$48,125
Montreat521$91,250
Weaverville3,886$55,559

Asheville Public Libraries

Buncombe County Public Libraries
67 HAYWOOD ST
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 250-4714

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Asheville Hospitals

Charles George Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
1100 Tunnel Rd
(828) 298-7911
Asheville Specialty Hospital
(Proprietary)
428 Biltmore Ave
(828) 213-5400
Memorial Mission Hospital And Asheville Surgery Center
(Non-profit)
509 Biltmore Ave
(828) 213-1111
Carepartners Rehabilitation Hospital
(Non-profit)
68 Sweeten Creek Road
(828) 274-2400

Asheville Public Schools

Asheville Middle
197 S French Broad Avenue
ZIP: 28801
(828) 350-6200
Middle
Total Enrollment 721
Claxton Elementary
241 Merrimon Avenue
ZIP: 28801
(828) 350-6500
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Early College
340 Victoria Road
ZIP: 28801
(828) 232-4123
High
Total Enrollment 266
Isaac Dickson Elementary
90 Montford Ave.
ZIP: 28801
(828) 350-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Middle College
340 Victoria Road
ZIP: 28801
(828) 232-4123
High
Total Enrollment 74
Asheville High
419 Mcdowell Street
ZIP: 28803
(828) 350-2500
High
Total Enrollment 1089
Estes Elementary
275 Overlook Road
ZIP: 28803
(828) 654-1795
Primary
Total Enrollment 729
Koontz Intermediate
305 Overlook Road
ZIP: 28803
(828) 684-1295
Middle
Total Enrollment 683
Oakley Elementary
753 Fairview Road
ZIP: 28803
(828) 274-7515
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Reynolds High
1 Rocket Drive
ZIP: 28803
(828) 298-2500
High
Total Enrollment 1348
Reynolds Middle
2 Rocket Drive
ZIP: 28803
(828) 298-7484
Middle
Total Enrollment 549
Roberson High
250 Overlook Road
ZIP: 28803
(828) 654-1765
High
Total Enrollment 1591
School Of Inquiry And Life Sciences
419 Mcdowell Street
ZIP: 28803
(828) 350-2700
High
Total Enrollment 299
The Franklin School Of Innovation
104 Peachtree Road
ZIP: 28803
(828) 237-4860
Middle
Total Enrollment 275
Ira B Jones Elementary
544 Kimberly Avenue
ZIP: 28804
(828) 350-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Woodfin Elementary
108 Elk Mountain Road
ZIP: 28804
(828) 232-4287
Primary
Total Enrollment 143
Bell Elementary
90 Maple Springs Road
ZIP: 28805
(828) 298-3789
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Evergreen Community Charter
50 Bell Road
ZIP: 28805
(828) 298-2173
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Haw Creek Elementary
21 Trinity Chapel Road
ZIP: 28805
(828) 298-4022
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Eblen Intermediate
59 Lee's Creek Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 255-5757
Middle
Total Enrollment 728
Emma Elementary
37 Brickyard Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 232-4272
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Erwin High
60 Lees Creek Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 232-4251
High
Total Enrollment 1328
Erwin Middle
20 Erwin Hills Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 232-4264
Middle
Total Enrollment 826
Francine Delany New School
119 Brevard Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 236-9441
Primary
Total Enrollment 167
Hall Fletcher Elementary
60 Ridgelawn Avenue
ZIP: 28806
(828) 350-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Invest Collegiate - Imagine
1000 Brevard Road, Ste. 175
ZIP: 28806
(828) 633-6491
Other
Total Enrollment 342
Johnston Elementary
230 Johnston Boulevard
ZIP: 28806
(828) 232-4291
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Nesbitt Discovery Academy
175 Bingham Rd Ste 10
ZIP: 28806
(828) 271-4521
Other
Total Enrollment 100
Sand Hill-venable Elem
154 Sand Hill School Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 670-5028
Primary
Total Enrollment 722
Vance Elementary
98 Sulphur Springs Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 350-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
West Buncombe Elementary
175 Erwin Hills Road
ZIP: 28806
(828) 232-4282
Primary
Total Enrollment 613

Asheville Private Schools

Adonai Christian Academy
119 Cumberland Ave
ZIP: 28801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
Asheville Montessori School
15 Julia St
ZIP: 28801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
French Broad River Academy
191 Lyman Street Studio 316
ZIP: 28801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
New City Christian School
56 Walton St
ZIP: 28801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Odyssey Community School
90 Zillicoa St
ZIP: 28801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 90
Carolina Day School
1345 Hendersonville Rd
ZIP: 28803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 630
Asheville Catholic School
12 Culvern St
ZIP: 28804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
Carolina Christian School
48 Woodland Hills Rd
ZIP: 28804
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 64
North Asheville Christian School
20 Reynolds Mountain Blvd
ZIP: 28804
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
Asheville School
360 Asheville School Rd
ZIP: 28806
Secondary
Total Enrollment 275
Emmanuel Lutheran School
51 Wilburn Pl
ZIP: 28806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 129
Hanger Hall School
30 Ben Lippen School Rd Ste 207
ZIP: 28806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Nazarene Christian School
385 Hazel Mill Rd
ZIP: 28806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Temple Baptist School
985 1/2 Patton Ave
ZIP: 28806
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 107
Eliada Academy
2 Compton Dr
ZIP: 28816
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 29
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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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