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Asheville is a city in Buncombe County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Samuel Ashe, governor

The latitude of Asheville is 35.600N. The longitude is -82.554W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,133 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 69,045.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$32,772
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Asheville demographic reports
Asheville is on the French Broad River, between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
· Morristown
Manufactured Confederate rifles during the Civil War; Union troops occupied the city in 1865

The city boomed with the arrival of the railroad in 1880 and became a summer resort by the early 1900s

Downtown Asheville includes many examples of Art Deco architecture
Public transportation: Asheville Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 456. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 6.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked among the top 10 cities, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index

No. 6 in the ePodunk list of Most Misspelled Cities

Asheville received national attention for 1947 hospital fire in which Zelda Fitzgerald, celebrated wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, died; 1998 arson at "Dixieland," the boyhood home of Thomas Wolfe
Filming location for:
· 2001 movie, "Hannibal"
· 1994 movie, "Forrest Gump"
Well-known residents have included:
· Thomas Wolfe, writer
· Roberta Flack, singer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Greenberry's Coffee & Tea, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Bele Chere - July 27-29, 2007
  • Mountain Dance & Folk Festival - Aug. 2-4, 2007
  • GoomBay! Festival - Aug. 24-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Asheville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, French Broad River
Scenic roads: Blue Ridge Parkway
Wildlife: The Western North Carolina Nature Center provides habitats for red wolves, cougars, bobcats and river otters

Asheville attractions: North Carolina Arboretum
Sports teams: Tourists (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Biltmore Estate, Asheville Art Museum, Estes-Winn Auto Museum, North Carolina Homespun Museum, Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center, Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum
Colleges and universities: University of North Carolina, Warren Wilson College, Montreat College, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, Cecils Junior College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 183
Quotes:
And again, again, in the old house I feel beneath my tread the creak of the old stair, the worn rail, the whitewashed walls, the feel of darkness and the house asleep, and think, 'I was a child here; here the stairs, and here was darkness; this was I, and here is Time.'
-- Return
Thomas Wolfe

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Asheville demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Buncombe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Asheville area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 28805 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Asheville residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Asheville ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: Enjoy the shops and restaurants downtown, but beware of the city's energetic monitoring of parking meters

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Asheville was $20,024, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

30% of Asheville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Asheville include Biltmore Village Cottage District, Chestnut Hill Historic District, Downtown Asheville Historic District, Grove Park Historic District, Montford Area Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Asheville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $470.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $911.


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Libraries in Asheville include Asheville-Buncombe Library System, Buncombe County Law Library, East Asheville Branch Library, North Asheville Branch Library, South Asheville Branch Library, West Asheville Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Asheville include Citizen-Times

TV stations in Asheville include WASV, WLOS, WUNF.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WCQS.

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Buncombe County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Asheville political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Asheville workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 19 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Asheville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ And again, again, in the old house I feel beneath my tread the creak of the old stair, the worn rail, the whitewashed walls, the feel of darkness and the house asleep, and think, 'I was a child here; here the stairs, and here was darkness; this was I, and here is Time.' ”
~ Return
Thomas Wolfe

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