Nestled among the majesty and charm of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina. Recipient of an All-America City Award and a host of "Top 10" rankings from various publications of late, Asheville has more than lived up to these designations by striving for the best in education, health care, transportation, artistic and recreational opportunities.

The quality of life in Asheville is outstanding, with low crime rate, broad employment opportunities, incredible educational opportunities with two universities and many colleges nearby, and diverse housing markets for rental, purchase and retirement.

Economy - The Asheville metro is experiencing strong economic growth. A balance of forces, centered around the area’s quality of life amenities, will continue to support this durable pattern.

The Asheville metro has participated in over 2 years of record-setting job levels. Over the year, 5,200 net new jobs have been added. With current total employment of 170,600 and a growth rate of 1.9 percent through the first quarter, Asheville has settled into a pace close to its historic average.

At 3.2 percent, Asheville’s unemployment rate holds well below the state, the nation,
and all but two of North Carolina’s 13 other metro areas.

Balanced economic growth in the Asheville metro is being led by:

  • Specialized healthcare industry
  • Record-setting tourism activity
  • merging professional services sector
  • Resilient housing market
  • Baby-boom fueled population growth
  • Transforming manufacturing sector

Karnes Report Asheville - Market survey covering conditions as they relate to multi-tenant office buildings greater than 5,000 square feet within Asheville and Buncombe County.
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Proximity - Asheville is located in the heart of Western North Carolina at the junction of Interstate 26 and Interstate 40, approximately 65 miles from Greenville, S.C.; 125 miles from Charlotte, N.C.; and 200 miles from Atlanta, GA. The Asheville area is also served by 10 US and state highways. The Blue Ridge Parkway has four accesses in the Asheville area (one access is less that a mile from the Nettlewood entrance) An expanded I-26 corridor linking Western North Carolina and northeast Tennessee is currently underway.

Asheville Regional Airport, 15 miles south of Asheville on I-26, is serviced regularly by jet and commuter airlines. Daily flights provide connections to all major cities and it is currently the fourth largest airport in North Carolina.

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