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I've heard it's beautiful and a great little urban town for its population. About 60,000 in the city and 400,000 in the greater metro.
 

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They have a nice Four Seasons hotel, mall, and convention center
Not... really, but sort of. Our nicest hotels are the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, the Inn on Biltmore Estate, the Haywood Park Hotel, the Renaissance Hotel, the Richmond Hill Inn, and the Crowne Plaza. There are two large malls, and of the two the Asheville Mall is superior in every way to Biltmore Square Mall, and for a convention center we have the Asheville Civic Center, which is aging disgracefully and isn't often used for conventions, which instead prefer to meet at the various hotels.
 

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Anything you can think of...

What's it like living there? Do you like the people? How's the economy/climate/cost of living? Are there lots of things to do to keep busy?
 

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Anything you can think of...

What's it like living there? Do you like the people? How's the economy/climate/cost of living? Are there lots of things to do to keep busy?
Okay, let's take things one at a time.

What's it like living here?

Strange. This is a small city (many would call it a small town) that offers so much of what you can find in a big city -- opera, ballet, shopping, dining, art, history, theatre, live music, nightlife, architecture -- that you rarely notice. Asheville is still something of a well-kept secret, so it never fails to surprise and astonish people who haven't heard of it, and would never expect to find such a place in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. Nevertheless, this is a resort city, and at one time it was one of the most upscale resort cities in the world. That's why we have so much that you'd never think you'd find in a place this size, and our history as a playground for the rich and famous is the reason we have so many architectural treasures, and so much art.

This is a growing city, but our legacy as a tourist town is the reason that wages are low here in comparison to the rest of North Carolina, while housing costs are very high. Basically, people with more money from other places are falling over themselves to move here, and they can afford to pay a lot more than the natives can for a house. So, in addition to all the art, fun, and culture to be had, people work hard for not as much money as they'd make elsewhere, yet you'll pay as much for rent or a mortgage as you would in other places.

Do you like the people?

You bet. Racially, this is not a terribly diverse place, but it is definitely diverse when it comes to creeds and beliefs -- of course, bear in mind that we have significant populations of African-Americans, plus a burgeoning Hispanic population, plus small but vocal communities of Asians (especially Koreans and Filipinos), Indians, Greeks, and oddly enough, Ukrainians.

However, we have the largest population of practicing Wiccans (witches) in the United States, and one of the highest per capita populations of gays and lesbians in the world. The Baltimore Sun reported we stand at number 12 in that regard, in fact. There are a lot of hardcore practicioners or magic (or magick, if you prefer, and they usually do) here, and you're likely to find most all other religions at least represented here.

As to what the people here think of here, about half consider the city to be too liberal, and half think it too conservative. In my mind, that makes it ideologically perfect.

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How's the economy/climate/cost of living?

The economy... hard to say. In ways, it's recession-proof, because tourists come here in droves and spend their money. On the other hand, gentrification is chasing out some long-established businesses downtown. We've never been much of an industrial center, though we do have our share of factories. Lately, there's been a push to establish the city as a center for biotechnology, and high tech businesses. Some businesses like that, in fact, have recently moved to this area to get away from the congestion and high prices of places like Atlanta. Meanwhile, the arts pump more than $62 million dollars a year into the local economy, and our congressman has helped to establish some sort of internet hub like you typically only find in major cities in order to attract businesses that could benefit from the world's largest repository of weather statistics at the National Climatic Data Center in the downtown federal building. Essentially, our main economic facets are tourism, clean industry, the arts, education, and healthcare.

The climate is near perfect. We have extremes in temperature, but not very often. It gets cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and it's cool or warm, depending on how you look at it, in the spring and fall. Cold winter temperatures are moderated by frequent warm spells and hot summer temperatures are often stymied by cool fronts. All the while, we get about fifty inches of rain a year and about twenty four inches of snow.

The cost of living, as I've explained, is in line with the rest of the state of North Carolina, including big cities like Charlotte and the Triad and Triangle, all metro areas of well over a million people each. However, even if you can get an Asheville apartment for what you'd pay in Charlotte, you personally won't be getting paid what you would in Charlotte. That makes it seem like housing costs are sky high. People sometimes struggle to live here, but you often find people willing to put up with almost anything just to be here.

Are there lots of things to do to keep busy?

Absolutely. That's how we attract so many tourists. If you want it, we've likely got it, although we may not have as much of it as a major city. However, if you like to shop, gawk at pretty buildings, admire 16th Century tapestries, hike, explore caves, attend the opera, see a play, eat at four star restaurants, go to world class spas, visit waterfalls, or visit museums, you can do it here.
 
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