Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and it continues to grow. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Asheville's population in 2009 was 76,636.
Asheville pops up on national rankings for a variety of things: Modern Maturity named it one of "The 50 Most Alive Places To Be," AmericanStyle magazine called it one of "America's Top 25 Arts Destinations," Self magazine labeled it the "Happiest City for Women," it is one of AARP Magazine's "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life", and was proclaimed the "New Freak Capital of the U.S."
The median household income was $32,772, and the median family income was $44,029. Males had a median income of $30,463 versus $23,488 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,024. About 13% of families and 19% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.9% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.
Two private residential high schools are located in the Asheville area: the all-male Christ School (located in Arden) and the co-educational Asheville School. Each offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and enrolls boarding students from around the world in addition to local day students. Several other private schools, including Rainbow Mountain Children's School, Asheville Christian Academy, Hanger Hall School for Girls, The New Classical Academy and Carolina Day School, enroll local day students. In addition, New City Christian School is a private school whose stated mission is to educate low-income students.
Mayor Terry Bellamy, the city's first African-American female mayor, is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition.
Live music is a significant element in the tourism-based economy of Asheville and the surrounding area. Seasonal festivals and numerous nightclubs and performance venues offer opportunities for visitors and locals to attend a wide variety of live entertainment events.
A popular activity in Asheville is the Drum Circle, an unorganized event that is held by local residents in Pritchard Park, that is open to anyone. Pritchard Park is also host to a blues concert each October.
The climate of Asheville is a humid subtropical climate, resembling the rest of the southeastern U.S., but with noticeably cooler temperatures due to the higher altitude. The area's summers in particular, though warm, are not as hot as summers in cities farther east in the state, as average highs peak at 85 įF in July. Winters are cool, with a January mean of 36.4 įF. Snowfall is sporadic and usually light, with an average seasonal amount of 13.3 inches. Freezing rain often occurs, accompanied by more significant disruption. Precipitation is relatively well-spread, though fall and early winter are the driest, and totals 37.3 inches.
WLFJ 89.3 FM Greenville, SC Christian Contemporary
WFBC 93.7 FM Greenville, SC Top-40
W231AR (WLFJ) 94.1 FM Weaverville, NC Christian Contemporary
WMUU 94.5 FM Greenville, SC Easy Listening
WAEZ 94.9 FM Greeneville, TN Top-40
W238BO (WLFJ) 95.5 FM Christian Contemporary
WGNW (LPFM) 95.7 FM Candler, NC Christian Contemporary
WPVM (LPFM) 103.5 FM Asheville, NC Variety
WQNQ 104.3 FM Fletcher, NC Top-40
WJMZ 107.3 FM Anderson, SC Urban Contemporary
WGCR 720 AM Pisgah Forest, NC Gospel Music
WZGM 1350 AM Black Mountain, NC Gospel Music
WKJV 1380 AM Asheville, NC Gospel Music
WHKP 1450 AM Hendersonville, NC Nostalgia
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Salon Roche' - Category: Black Hair Salons - Specializing in healthy hair care! - 1085 Tunnel Road Suite 2B - Asheville, North Carolina (828) 298-4503
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Soce's African American Hair Braiding - Category: Black Hair Salons - Specializing in healthy hair care! - 3 Eagle Street - Asheville, North Carolina (828) 258-1116
YMI Cultural Center (Young Menís Institute) - Category: Culture - One of the nationís most unique and enduring African-American cultural centers and is an historical landmark in Asheville, North Carolina. - 39 South Market Street - Asheville NC, (828) 257-4541 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Chameleon Soul Food Restaurant - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - Crispy fried chicken, fluffy biscuits, creamy mashed potatoes with brown gravy and collard greens and more! - 333 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 255-2303
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Chameleon Soul Food recently opened in the North Asheville area on Merrimon Ave. Here is Chef John Joyner introducing the new place.
Hopkins Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church - 21 College Place, Asheville, NC (828) 254-6098
Mt. Zion Baptist Church - 47 Eagle St., Asheville, North Carolina (828) 252-0515 (visit website)
St James Ame Church - 44 Hildebrand Street, Asheville, NC (828) 253-5191
Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues - Category: Entertainment - New Orleans based nightclub specializing in live music from jazz , blues , funk, latin & r&b. - 28 Broadway - Asheville, NC (828) 254-7072 - (visit website)
Bele Chere Festival This is a free event. (July) (828) 259-5800
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The Bele Chere festival is one of the largest annual festivals in the southeast, drawing approximately 350,000 people each year.
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