Asheville Newcomer's Guide - Moving and Relocating Information

Why People Are Moving to the Area?

If you are considering relocating to Asheville, then our guess is that the magnetic tug that has captivated the likes of Thomas Wolfe, George Vanderbilt and said authors, has got a firm hold on you as well. We are “glad you are here,” because no matter what walk of life you come from, Asheville will accept you into the diversity that makes this city what it is. Let us further draw you in with a sampling of what Asheville has to offer.

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  • In Asheville the quality of life is as high as our mountains, our weather is moderate, and our people are grounded with the earth.
  • The areas around this cozy mountain town are full of natural beauty and an endless array of adventure.
  • Asheville’s special connection with culture and arts is reflected in its architecture, events, and even the single individual meandering downtown.
  • Although Asheville is known to be very progressive, the deep ties to its rich heritage and traditions can be seen through our celebrations, food, art, and native people.
  • Asheville is home to many fine educational and health care institutions.
  • With plentiful shopping, many gifted artists, numerous outlets for viewing and participation in athletics, and more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at, Asheville has plenty to offer year round.
  • Asheville is home to countless colorful festivals, engaging plays and talented concerts, not to mention the lyric opera and symphony orchestra that rival cities twice its size.
  • Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina making the center for manufacturing, transportation, tourism, health care, banking, shopping, and other professional services.

As you can see, Asheville is multifaceted. People are drawn to this beautiful area for its charm and energy. There is an old folk belief that the Cherokee tribe cursed the settlers of this area and future generations. Legend has it that all people who settle in the valley of Asheville are destined to come back even if they try to leave. Asheville has held the mind of the author captive for over a decade, and won't let him go. Therefore, this ole boy thinks there might just be some validity to that old legend. Like a magnet, Asheville has and will continue to draw many of us to this nucleus of Western North Carolina.

Helpful Moving and Relocating Resources

Real Estate

Asheville Real Estate Guide.
Asheville Real Estate Guide

For Renters

Asheville Renting Section.
Asheville Renters Guide


Jobs & Employment Guide.
Asheville Employment Guide


Asheville Education Section.
Asheville Education

Health Care

Traditional Health Care.

Alternative Health Care.
Asheville Health Care



Credit Unions
Banking in Asheville, NC

Clubs & Interest Groups

Local Clubs & Interest Groups

Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County Libraries

Government & Public Safety Numbers

Information & Important Contact Info

Asheville Economy

Child reading the newspaper

The Asheville area economy is healthy and maintains consistent growth. According to the Asheville Metro Business Research Center at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, "a balance of economic drivers, centered around the area’s quality of life amenities and major demographic trends, will support this durable pattern." Figures show that our economy has strengthened in recent years, while our unemployment rate is below both the state and national average.

For more information about economic figures, trends, and future outlooks, check out the Chamber of Commerce Demographics & Regional Data.

Asheville Population Statistics

Population Growth 1990 2000 2005 (est.) % change 1990-2000
Asheville City 61,607 68,889 69,308 11.8%
Buncombe County 174,821 206,330 217,531 18.0%
Asheville and Surrounding Counties 308,000 369,171 391,007 19.9%
North Carolina 6,628,637 8,049,313 8,642,283 21.4%
United States 248,709,873 281,421,906 296,460,069 13.2%
Median Age 1990 2000 2005  
Asheville City 37.8 39.2 39.9  
Buncombe County 36.8 38.9 39.6  
Asheville and Surrounding Counties 38.0 40.2 40.9  
North Carolina 33.2 35.3 36.1  
United States 32.8 35.3 36.3  

Asheville Utilities


Electrical Lines of WNC

Progress Energy
A deposit is required unless the customer has a positive credit history or a guaranteed contract signed by a current Progress Energy customer in good standing. The deposit is two times the average monthly bill of the dwelling to be occupied.


Gas is the way to go in Asheville, NC

PSNC Energy
Provides gas service to the Asheville-Buncombe area.

Water and Sanitation

Regional Water Authority
A twenty-five dollar non-refundable service fee plus a hundred dollar deposit is required. The Water Authority offers next working day installation.

Metropolitan Sewer District
Contact for sewer connections.

Water droplet

City of Asheville Garbage Collection
The City of Asheville collects trash once per week. All garbage must be placed in a maximum of six bags, cans or roll-out containers. Bags must be on the curb by 8:00am on your collection day. Call for more info or to arrange large item pickup. Waste drop-off facilities are also available, call for more details.

Garbage Collection Outside City Limits
Those living outside city limits must contract with a private hauler for trash collection. There are many available in the phonebook but the primary private residential hauler for Buncombe county is GDS.



Asheville Phone Service

AT&T, formerly Bellsouth (Serving most of Asheville-Buncombe county)

Verizon (Serving Woodfin and Weaverville)
800-483-4000 (residential)
800-483-5300 (commercial)

Cable and Satellite Television

Asheville Cable and Satellite Television

Charter Communications

Dish Network


Drivers License & Vehicle Tags

Drivers License

New residents must apply for a NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to the state. Vision and knowledge tests are required, and road tests are given at the discretion of the examiner.

DMV Offices

600 Tunnel Rd. (US 70 E)
Asheville NC, 28805

1624 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806

Vehicle Tags

Motorcycle Licence Plate

NC Motor Vehicle Tag Agency
85 Tunnel Rd #18B (Innsbruck Mall)
Asheville, 28805

NC Motor Vehicle Tag Agency
153 Smokey Park Hwy #8
Asheville, 28806

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You may register to vote in Asheville and Buncombe county 30 days after establishing residence. You must register more than 25 days prior to election. You may register by mail, at the board of elections office, at all public libraries, and at all public high schools.

Board of Elections

Physical Location:
189 College St.
Asheville NC, 28801

Send Mail to:
P.O. Box 7468
Asheville NC, 28802



Asheville Regional Airport plane taking off

Asheville Regional Airport
708 Airport Rd. Fletcher, NC 28732
The Asheville Regional Airport is committed to serving Western North Carolina with a "safe, efficient, and pleasant travel experience," at affordable and competitive rates. AVL is served by Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and US Airways. Visit our Asheville Airport page for more information on the Asheville Regional Airport and other airports near Western NC.

Buses - Public

A public bus

Asheville Transit System
360 West Haywood Street
asheville, NC 28801
The Asheville Transit System provides customers with a high level of clean, reliable, affordable and safe transportation to all parts of the city and much of the surrounding area including hospitals, schools, malls, universities, and residential areas.

Buses - Private

Greyhound-Trailways Bus Lines
2 Tunnel Rd Asheville, NC 28805
Provides passenger service.

Young Transportation
843 Riverside Dr Asheville, NC 28804
Local company that provides passenger service, charters, service for conventions, and tour services.

Limousines & Shuttle Services

Taxi Service


Asheville Taxes

Asheville Buncombe County Sales Tax is 7% with several exceptions in the areas of industrial, agricultural, and consumer purchases. Motor vehicle sales tax is 3%.

Property tax information can be found at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce's:

Current Asheville Tax Information
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