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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 62
Demographics 54
Economy 66
Education 72
Health 59
Housing 72
Infrastructure 65

#36. Asheville, NC

A veteran of our Best Places list, Asheville is a quirky, progressive community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that ranks high in livability categories like health care, education, outdoor recreation and arts and music.

This city is home to the world’s only “Foodtopian Society,” and the foodie culture here is evident in the many independent restaurants, breweries and farmers markets. Residents have a variety of housing options ranging from urban apartments to single-family homes to historic mansions.

Asheville’s weather allows residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors during four distinct seasons, and the city’s main tourism attraction – Biltmore Estate – remains as beautiful as when it first opened in 1889.

Find out more about the good life in Asheville.

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