Our mountain city was listed no. 34 out of 150 other cities in the US – and landed smack dab between Lincoln, NE + Spartanburg, SC. ⬇️
Asheville’s overall score was 6.9/10. Here’s how we scored in each section + what it means. • 7.4/10 on “Quality of Life.” Multiple aspects of life were evaluated via surveys, along with statistics concerning crime rates, health care availability, education quality, and more. • 7/10 on “Desirability.” This concerns peoples’ opinions about living in the area. To find this, 3,000 people were surveyed about where they’d want to live in the US. • 6.3/10 on “Job Market.” The unemployment rate + average salary were factored in to determine how strong the job market is currently. • 7.6/10 on “Net Migration.” Net Migration determines whether the area is attracting new residents and this data was pulled from the US Census Bureau. • 6.4/10 on “Value.” This metric measures the comfort levels for residents when it comes to area affordability. Results were determined by comparing “median annual household income with the housing cost in each metro area.”
The report comes at a time when so-called Zoom Towns, a.k.a. places with a high quality of living where people can work remotely, is on a lot of folks’ – especially locals’ – minds.The median home price in the city of Asheville rose to $355,000 during the third quarter of 2020. That’s the highest median quarterly price on record, according to local realtors.
Experts say the continued demand and uptick in pricing for residential properties is in part due to Asheville’s attractiveness as a Zoom Town. 🏠 Based on our recent ranking and these qualities, it looks like we all might be welcoming a few more new neighbors soon
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Edu ○ A-B Techwill be helping with recruitment for jobs at Pratt & Whitney’s new Asheville manufacturing facility. The school is creating a customized training program to help with pre-employment assessment + training and post-employment training for roles at the aerospace company. Check out our scoop on the project here.(WLOS) 🛩 ○ Some NC colleges + universities are waiving application fees now through Oct. 30 during the state’s College Application Weeks. Check out the list of participating schools here. Other schools may accept fee waivers through the SAT, ACT, or NACAC. 🎓
Civic ○ City Council will consider halting sales of city-owned land that came through urban renewal projects during their meeting on Tues. The Planning and Economic Development Committee already voted unanimously to adopt the proposal as part of the process of reparationsfor local African Americans. If adopted, the proposal would allow Council more time to research land that was acquired this way within city limits. 🌆 (Asheville Citizen-Times) ○ The Town of Waynesville has christened its new parkObama-King Park, or O.K. Park, in honor of the first African-American president + the legendary Civil Rights leader. The park is located on Craven Street, in the town’s historically African-American Pigeon community. The town board unanimously supported the name.
Stat ○ 30%.The increase in visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the past decade. The number of employees has decreased by 10%. The park is experiencing negative effects of overcrowding, and now locals are recommending solutions, including charging entry fees + requiring permits, to help with visitor numbers and provide additional revenue. You can share your ideas with the Park Service through Oct. 31. 🌄 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Sunday afternoon, 3,990 cases and 102 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. ○ A COVID-19 cluster in Madison County has been linked to an indoor religious gathering in TN. Twenty-six confirmed cases resulted from the event. Another 34 cases were due to an outbreak at a long-term care facility. Cases increased 66%, to a total of 223, in the county over the course of one week. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Arts ○ Asheville’s PechaKucha chapter will host Black STARSEED, an event from Cortina Jenelle and The adé PROJECT, on Fri. (Oct. 30) from 7-9 p.m. The virtual event features six Black women sharing their stories woven through the PechaKucha presentation format – 20 images shown for 20 seconds each. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $2-$20. 🎤
Outdoors ○ Area outdoor-oriented businesses have fared better than others in the pandemic, but keeping things stocked has been a challenge. Local retailers estimate that product availability won’t stabilize until next spring due to inventory shortages. Outdoor experience-oriented bizzes have also faced economic challenges due to COVID-19 safety precautions + staffing issues. 🛶 (Smoky Mountain News)
Legacy ○ George Cecil, direct descendent of the Vanderbilts and head of Biltmore Farms development company, has died at the age of 95. He was the son of Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt and the grandson of George W. Vanderbilt and was born in the Biltmore House in 1925. He also co-founded WNC Communities + grew Biltmore Dairy Farms to be one of the region’s largest dairy companies. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
TodayIs ○ Today is National Pumpkin Day. If you’re stuck somewhere between being tired of the generic pumpkin stencils, but not quite enough of an artist to come up with your own design, we’ve got you covered with our #AVLtoday stencil of Asheville’s iconic Blue Ridge Mountains. To use, download + print the custom pumpkin carving stencil. We’ll be sharing your gourd-geous pumpkin pics, so make sure to submit a photo of your carved pumpkin or tag us using @AVLtoday and #AVLtoday when you’re all done. 🎃
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The former Mothlight(701 Haywood Rd.), a beloved performance venue in West Asheville, will have a new life as the headquarters of DIFFERENT WRLD – an Asheville-born + bred, Black-led production collective that connects the community through intentional spaces and installations.
In its new location, DIFFERENT WRLD will provide a community hub with access to production technology, like computers, cameras, and other gear. Plus, they’ll have special programming, including talks + workshops. There are also plans to host live music + special events and offer food from Chef Silver Cousler. There’s no opening date yet – but we’ll keep you posted as we know more. 👏
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Film ○ The Addams Family| Mon.,Oct. 26 + Tues., Oct. 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $5 | Da-da-da-dum, *snap snap*. Join Rabbit Rabbit for this family favorite. Tickets sold per table. 🍿
Arts ○ Book Launch for Write It!| Mon., Oct. 26 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | Local authors, including Jessica Jacobs + Nickole Brown, are among the contributors to this collection of 100 poetry prompts to inspire. Presenters will share new work they created from the prompts. ✍️ ○ Las Catrinas by Margarita Figueroa| Mon., Oct. 26-Mon., Nov. 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $5 suggested donation | Check out this installation honoring Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead on a self-guided tour. 💀
Show ○ Virtual Jazz by Request Hour | Mon., Oct. 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | Michael Jefry Stevens, composer + Steinway pianist, will take requests in advance and during the event. 🎹
FeaturedEvent ○ Sona Pharmacy: Access Week| Mon., Oct. 26-Fri., Oct. 30 | 3:00-3:30 p.m. | Virtual via Facebook Live | Free | Join Sona Pharmacy all week where they’ll be giving away local prizes, answering questions about the Sona Access program, and celebrating real patients’ stories.Ⓟ
Find more of this week’s local events in our October PlanAhead.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Sona Pharmacy, located at 805 Fairview Rd. | Mike Belleme Photography
DYK? Sona Pharmacy (805 Fairview Rd.) is locally-owned + offers a free, comprehensive medication management service.
The Sona Access Program includes free delivery, medication synchronization + reconciliation, 24/7 access to a pharmacist and monthly care calls, during which pharmacists take the time toget to know patients, answer their questions, address concerns and ensure all medications are accurate.
Pro-tip: Sona will be sharing info about the program + giving away prizes this week via Facebook Live. 🎉 Ⓟ