Here are the pros and cons of retiring to Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is the #1 retirement town in the U.S. As a result the entire region has experienced rapid growth as tens of thousands of retirees have migrated to these mountains in western North Carolina.

Finding the Right Asheville Active Community

The reasons for Asheville's popularity as a retirement town are many. Climate is one reason, as the summers are not as hot or humid as in the interior or coastal areas of NC. Here you can experience a milder version of the four seasons than up north. The famed Vanderbilt Mansion gives the area a tourism base as well as marketing cachet. The breathtaking views around every corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains is all it takes for many retirees to move here.

The city of Asheville itself is a major attraction for retirees. It has a vital downtown with pedestrian areas and sidewalk cafes. Boutiques, galleries, and restaurants make for a vital, interesting place to live - one where there is always something to do. The University of North Carolina at Asheville is a major plus for many retirees. Its famed Center for Creative Retirement offers classes and intellectual stimulation for thousands of older residents.

Lastly, for those who don't choose to live in Asheville proper, there is the tremendous selection of Asheville Active Adult Communities to choose from. There are so many developments of so many different types - from golf to equestrian to bare bones communities - that your hardest decision will be in choosing which one. Prices vary widely according to location and amenities offered - the median selling price of a home in the Asheville area was about $180,000 in 2010.

Pros and Cons of Living in Asheville


  • Milder summers than in the rest of NC
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Great downtown with plenty to do
  • UNC-Asheville's Center for Creative Retirement
  • Wide choices of communities to live in


  • Colder winters (with snow) than most of the south
  • More expensive than other retirement places in the region
  • Asheville is a victim of its own success; it can get very crowded

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