Asheville 65 Below average
Asheville Livability #354 ranked city in North Carolina#18,494 ranked city in the USARanks better than 36% of areas
A+ Asheville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Asheville Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% higher than North Carolina
1044% more expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Asheville cost of living
F Asheville Crime Total crime is 159% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
7,067184% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15184% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
23%Year over year crime is up
Asheville crime
D+ Asheville Employment Household income is 7% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$44,94619% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,9333% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%16% lower than the US average
Asheville employment
C Asheville Housing Home value is 35% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$212,00015% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9104% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Asheville real estate or Asheville rentals
B- Asheville Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
89%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
54%9% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:125% lower than the US average
Asheville K-12 schools
F Asheville User Ratings There are a total of 56 ratings in Asheville
Overall user rating
45% 56 total ratings
User reviews rating
37% 20 total reviews
User surveys rating
56% 36 total surveys
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      Living in Asheville, NC

      Asheville, North Carolina is a moderately-sized city with a population of 87,531 residents. At 82%, the majority of the Asheville population is White; this is followed by 12% Black and 2% Asian. Asheville has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 73% of the population is classified as married and 65% have kids.

      Living in Asheville can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of North Carolina, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Asheville, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, housing and more.

      Asheville, NC receives 70/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #156 in North Carolina and #10,272 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Asheville has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and education (B-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Asheville. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Asheville, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, and North Carolina Arboretum.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Asheville. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Asheville are affordable. The median home price for Asheville homes is $212,000, which is 34.9% higher than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Asheville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 42.4% higher than the North Carolina average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Asheville area were 6.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Asheville transportation information

      StatisticAshevilleNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute18min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.3%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.0%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.4%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.5%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home8.3%4.8%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Asheville, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).