Asheville, North Carolina is a town with approximately 89,000 residents. The city's population, at an average age of just over 40, is a little older compared to other cities in North Carolina, which has an average age of 38. In terms of housing, residents are evenly split between renting (50%) and owning (50%) their residence. The average rent of $987 a month is just above the state average.
Compared to the national average (7%), Asheville has a high percentage of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees, as 11% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Additionally, 21% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. There are three primary industries in Asheville: healthcare, entertainment, and retail. Combined, these industries account for 26% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. Asheville workers take home an average annual income of just over $63,000, about $5,000 less than their peers elsewhere in North Carolina. Asheville's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345).
With an average commute time of about 19 minutes, shorter than most cities in North Carolina, Asheville residents have found that getting to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving is the prevailing mode of getting to work, selected by 43% of workers, while public transportation is not extensively used. Relatively few residents (2%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.