Asheville

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
181/265
Details
Large apartment$1600.00
Medium apartment$1300.00
Rent index [score]0.62
Small apartment$980.00

Cost of Living

4
212/250
Details
5km taxi ride$1.40
A Cappuccino$3.70
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$5.00
Bread$0.84
Inflation [score]0.40
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$20.00
Movie ticket$9.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$70.20

Startups

3
193/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.59
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co5
Meetups [score]0.15
Meetups groups23
Meetups members4797
Number of investors14
Number of startup events in the last 12 months245
Number of upcoming meetup events10
Startup climate scene [score]0.46
Startup events22
Startup events [score]0.47
Startups [score]0.44
Total number of startups30

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

1
239/265
Details
Airport hub8
Airport hub [score]0.12
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

1
247/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.44

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
214/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.62
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year12
Guns per 100 residents106
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

7
121/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.39
Healthcare quality [score]0.96
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
164/239
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

9
29/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.95
Cleanliness [score]0.87
Drinking water quality [score]0.89
Urban greenery [score]0.75

Economy

7
16/262
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
175/265
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

4
188/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)36.74
Internet access (download) [score]0.66
Internet access (upload) [score]0.19
Upload speed (Mbps)4.14

Leisure & Culture

5
161/264
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 sites33
Historical sites [score]0.69
Museums25
Museums [score]0.33
Performing art venues63
Performing arts [score]0.38
Sport venues20
Sports [score]0.34
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.63

Tolerance

7
103/265
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]0.81

Outdoors

2
229/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.36
Median peak in meters1021.50
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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Costs of living

Costs of living in Asheville are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 250 Teleport cities. Moving to Asheville will very likely increase your daily costs of living. 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.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,200$1,400
$1300
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$54
Monthly public transport$20
Lunch$12
-18%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$80,161
Median salary
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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

209/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
20/51
Theft
Very High
47/49
Robbery
Moderate
27/41

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault-56%
  • Robbery-42%
  • Theft-3%

Gun crimes & Ownership

106.35
Guns per 100 people
12.42
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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South America
Africa
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The overall crime rate puts Asheville in position 129 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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People in Asheville

Population of Asheville

112,400
307 /km²
236/264
Density (people per unit of area)
6%
Growth in 2015-2020
Asheville

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/262
Unemployment
5%
117/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Web Developer
16.67%
Software Engineer
16.67%
Attorney
8.33%
Teacher
8.33%
Product Manager
8.33%
Project Manager
8.33%
Civil Engineer
8.33%
Other
25.00%

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LGBT rights in Asheville

Discrimination

No Protections

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Married Couples Only

Climate

Average number of clear days per year

101

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Asheville


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 not uncommon. 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- usually the area receives multiple snow flurries averaging an inch or two 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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