Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina the the 11th largest in city North Carolina. First settled by European settlers in 1784 it became known as "Morristown" in 1792 when it was adopted as the seat of Buncombe county. In 1797 the city's name was changed to Asheville after Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe. Prior to this it was home to the Cherokee Nation. Today the city of Asheville has a population of over 83,000 and the Asheville Metropolitan area has a population of almost 425,000.
The early 1900s were a prosperous time for Asheville, however, the Great Depression hit it hard, slowing economic growth and taking the city until the 1980s to pay off their defaulted loans. The silver lining on this is that it left many downtown buildings unaltered giving Asheville one of the most comprehensive collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States.
Today Asheville is home to US National Climatic Data Center which is the world's largest active archive of weather data. The weather in the Asheville area boasts hot humid days and cool evenings during the warmer Spring and Summer months and chilly days and cold evenings in the cooler Fall and Winter months--though the temperature rarely drops below mid 20s.
The city of Asheville is known nationwide as many things--New Age Mecca, New Freak Capital, 10 Most Beautiful Places in America, Best Outside Towns, Top Seven Places to Live in US, Top 25 Small Cities for Art, and Beer City USA. Its recent accolades include 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South, America's Best Beer Cities, Best city in America for locavores, Hippie capital of the South, Alternative Travel Destination, One of 20 cities you should visit in your 20s, One of 10 Tastiest towns in the South, Hippest City in the South, and One of America's Best River Towns.
Popular Asheville attractions are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate--the largest privately owned house in United States and a National Historic Landmark, the Grove Park Inn, and Botanical Gardens.
The top 3 Employers in Asheville are Mission Health System, Buncombe County Schools, and Ingles Markets. Asheville High School is ranked as one of the top 100 high schools in United States. It is also a Green Dining Destination--first city in US to be designated as such. Recreational sports sports include but are not limited to whitewater kayaking, disc golf, and soccer. Asheville is also home to a thriving music and art scene.
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