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Asheville, North Carolina Facts & Statistics

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Officially Established in 1883, Asheville, North Carolina has grown from a small pioneering town into a flourishing metropolis known for its love of the arts and passion for the great outdoors. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Buncombe County, Asheville enjoys a mild climate year-round, which, coupled with its beautiful natural surroundings, has made it one of the Southeast's most popular destinations.

Asheville Climate & Geography

Median Yearly Temperature 55.6° F
Median Temperature in July 85° F
Median Temperature in January 47° F
Median Yearly Rainfall, inches 36"
Median Yearly Snowfall, inches 13.3"
Average Elevation 2,165 ft.
Asheville [City] Area 45.3 miles2
Buncombe County Area 657 miles2
Location Coordinates 35° 34'48" North, 82° 33'21" West
Average House Costs $278,551
Avg. Apartment Rental Rate (2 bed, 1-2 ba): $830

Asheville, NC Demographics

source: US Census Bureau
Asheville [City] Population (2013) 86,236
Median Household Income (2013) $43,681
Buncombe County Population (2013) 250,539
Gender Dispersion 48.1% Male, 51.9% Female
Average Age 37.9 years
White persons (2013) 84%
Black or African American persons (2013) 6.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons (2013) 0.5%
Asian persons (2013) 1.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (2013) 0.2%
Persons reporting two or more races (2013) 1.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin (2013) 6.3%

Asheville, NC Crime Rates

source: FBI Crime in the United States (2012)
  City of Asheville Rate per 100,000 inhabitants
Violent crime (2008) 505 257.1
Murder & non-negligent manslaughter 6 7.0
Forcible rape 33 38.7
Robbery 141 165.3
Aggravated assault 243 284.9
Property crime 4921 5706.4
Burglary 742 869.9
Larceny-theft 3,832 4492.6
Motor vehicle theft 336 393.9

Asheville, NC Accolades

2012

  • Fodors Ranks Asheville #1 Place to Visit
  • Asheville is Beer City USA Still!
  • "Most Romantic Place in USA and Canada" on About.com

2011

  • Most Beautiful Places in America on Good Morning America
  • Asheville is Beer City USA Year 3!

2010

  • Trip Advisor ranks Asheville #1 for Top Fall Foliage Destination
  • Asheville is Beer City USA for Second Year
  • Ranked #1 by American Style Magazine for Top 25 Small Cities
  • Ranked #21 by Forbes.com for Best Places for Business and Careers, #10 for Cost of Doing Business

2009

  • Ranked #2 as One of the Nation's Top Arts Destinations - AmericanStyle Magazine
  • Ranked #6 Best Metro Places for Business & Careers - Forbes.com, March 2009
  • Included in 21 Best U.S. Towns for Baby Boomers' Active Retirement - bestboomertowns.com

2008

  • 11 of 20 Best Places to Retire - Black Enterprise magazine, October 2008
  • 7 of Top 10 Best Midsize Cities for Doing Business - Inc.com, July 2008
  • 46 of 200 Best Performing Large Cities, 2nd Biggest Single-Year Gainer - Milken Institute, September 2008
  • 2 of the Top 25 Small-City Art Destinations for 2008 - AmericanStyle magazine, June Issue 2008
  • 26 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers - Forbes, March 2008
  • 41 of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch - CNN Money.com, March 2008

2007

  • 5-Star Business Opportunity - Metro Expansion Management, August 2007
  • Best Southern Town - Outside magazine's August edition 2007
  • 7 of Top U.S. Cities to live - Frommer's Cities Ranked & Rated 2nd Edition, May 2007
  • 23 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers - Forbes, April 2007
  • 1 of the top 100 places to live in 2007 Relocate - America, April 2007
  • 2 of Top 10 easy spring weekend getaways - MSNBC, April 2007
  • 3 of the Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations - VirtualTourist, Spring 2007
  • 1 of 10 America's Best Eco-Neighborhoods - Natural Home, January/February 2007

If you're coming to visit Asheville, check out our Places to Stay section. If you're moving here, check out our Real Estate section.

Asheville Area Government




Asheville City Government:
(828) 251-1122
70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC

Asheville City Council - web-site

  • Mayor: Esther E Manheimer
  • Vice Mayor: Marc Hunt
  • Councilmember: Cecil Bothwell
  • Councilmember: Jan Davis
  • Councilmember: Chris Pelly
  • Councilmember: Gordon Smith
  • Councilmember: Gwen Wisler

Buncombe County Commissioners - web-site

  • Chairman: David Gantt
  • Vice Chairman: Holly Jones
  • Commissioner: Brownie Newman
  • Commissioner: Mike Fryar
  • Commissioner: Ellen Frost
  • Commissioner: Joe Belcher
  • Commissioner: Miranda V. DeBruhl

NC House and Senate Members:

  • Representatives: Susan Fisher, John Ager, Brian Turner - web-site
  • Senators: Tom Apodaca, Terry Van Duyn - web-site