Best Places to Live

Asheville, NC

Population: 86,789

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Venture forth with your creative ideas at places like Venture Asheville, which connects startups to talent, mentors and investors. Also sparking entrepreneurs in Asheville are entities like AdvantageWest Entrepreneurship, A-B Tech Enka, and Spark Tank.

Business Growth (2011-2015): 7%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 9%