Industry Employment

A diverse economy with broad employment distribution across major industries receives support from steady population growth

Health Services and Private Education makes up the largest percentage of total employment in the Asheville metro region. Since 2000, this sector has grown at the fastest rate (62.5%), followed by Professional & Business Services (46.3%) and Leisure & Hospitality (43.8%).


Asheville, NC Income

With approximately 181,793 households in the four-county Asheville metro, the 2015 median household income was estimated at $44,826. Median household income is projected to rise to at least $50,632 by 2018.


Ideal East Coast Location

In 2016, Southern Business & Development ranked Asheville as one of the best mid-markets in the South to relocate your headquarters.

Easy access to major east coast cities, I-40 and I-26 connections, close proximity to Inland Port Greer, SC, and Asheville Regional Airport rated one of the best connected regional airports in America-- all add to the growing list of why Asheville-Buncombe is a great location for company headquarters. 


Nationally Recognized Schools and Top-Quality Programs

  • UNC Asheville named No. 1 nationally by the Princeton Review for "Making an Impact"

  • UNC Asheville named 8th best public liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News and World Report

  • Western Carolina University named among Princeton Review’s best schools to earn an MBA

These are just a handful of the accolades the region's school system has received.  


Asheville Economy and Unemployment Rate

The Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area's unadjusted unemployment rate for September 2017 was 3.3% which decreased 0.7 percentage points year over year.

September 2017 total nonfarm employment in the Asheville MSA was up 0.8% (1,600 jobs) year over year with the Health Services & Private Education sector seeing a considerable increase in job growth.


Asheville Metro crime rates are lower compared to the state and nation

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County Population

Buncombe County and Asheville NC Demographics

The Asheville NC metro comprises four counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison. With approximately 250,000 residents, Buncombe County makes up 57% of the total population in the Asheville NC metro. 

Cost of Living

Asheville Cost of Living Calculator and Cost of Living Index Report

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The overall cost of living in Asheville, NC is below the national average. Select a U.S. city below to compare living costs such as housing, transportation, healthcare, groceries, and entertainment.


Four Spectacular Seasons and Archive of Weather Data

With four beautiful seaons reflected by the Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville is a great place for locating a business or headquarters.

Business Patterns

Major Employers and Small Businesses Shape the Asheville Economy

In addition to the many extraordinary major employers in the area, 96% of establishments in the Asheville Metro have fewer than 50 employees. Small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy. A few examples include:

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