Asheville

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
178/265
Details
Large apartment$1500.00
Medium apartment$1300.00
Rent index [score]0.58
Small apartment$1100.00

Cost of Living

5
156/248
Details
5km taxi ride$2.20
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$4.90
Bread$1.10
Inflation [score]0.53
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$35.00
Monthly public transport$22.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$68.46

Startups

4
173/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.59
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co10
Meetups [score]0.17
Meetups groups29
Meetups members6484
Number of investors14
Number of startup events in the last 12 months296
Number of upcoming meetup events14
Startup climate scene [score]0.42
Startup events34
Startup events [score]0.51
Startups [score]0.44
Total number of startups46

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

1
239/266
Details
Airport hub8
Airport hub [score]0.12
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

1
251/255
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.54

Business Freedom

9
69/264
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

6
205/266
Details
Crime rate [score]0.69
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents95
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.66
Lack of guns [score]0.48
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.57

Healthcare

9
39/265
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.93
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
165/240
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

8
36/266
Details
Air quality [score]0.98
Cleanliness [score]0.84
Drinking water quality [score]0.79
Urban greenery [score]0.78

Economy

7
16/263
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
179/266
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.27
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.07

Internet Access

5
164/266
Details
Download speed (Mbps)66.88
Internet access (download) [score]0.72
Internet access (upload) [score]0.24
Upload speed (Mbps)5.17

Leisure & Culture

5
164/264
Details
Art galleries78
Art galleries [score]0.64
Cinemas16
Cinemas [score]0.41
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.48
Concert venues73
Concerts [score]0.60
Historical sites34
Historical sites [score]0.68
Museums24
Museums [score]0.33
Performing art venues65
Performing arts [score]0.37
Sport venues20
Sports [score]0.34
Zoos8
Zoos [score]0.63

Tolerance

8
86/266
Details
LGBT Equality Index67.58
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.68
LGBT adoption rightsMarried couples only
LGBT age of consentAmbiguous
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.86

Outdoors

2
234/266
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.35
Median peak in meters1022.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)649.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Cost of living

Costs of living in Asheville are in the 156th place of all 248 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$35
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$54
Monthly public transport$22
Lunch$13
-26%
compared to
San Francisco

Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

7%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

207/266

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/263

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LGBT rights in asheville

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Married Couples Only

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The city of Asheville is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Asheville serves as the county seat of Buncombe County. The city is the largest in Western North Carolina with a population of approximately 85,000 and a metro population of 417,012.

Asheville is a popular tourist destination and is known as a liberal, artsy community. This "Paris of the South," has also been described as the "San Francisco of the East," "New Age Mecca," and "Land of the Sky." It's a city of which Rolling Stone magazine dubbed "America’s New Freak Capital." But Asheville is by no means simply a haven for Hippies and 'Out There's', as Money magazine has called Asheville one of the "Best Places to Retire," and AARP cites it as one of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life." Self magazine proclaims Asheville as America’s "Happiest City." PETA lists Asheville as "America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City." In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Forbes, and in 2011 Asheville was picked as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America” by Good Morning America. From its titles alone one can easily see that Asheville is a good place to go to see diversity in action.

Asheville has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Year-round, the average relative humidity in the morning is 90% and in the afternoon is 58%. Summers are mild and afternoon thunderstorms are common. In the fall (peaking in October), the area is very popular with "leaf lookers", people who visit Asheville and the surrounding mountains to see the area's splendid foliage. Winters are generally mild and major snow storms are rare. However, snow is common with the area averaging an inch or two of snow at a time, normally melting off in a day or two.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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