Frequently Asked Questions
Dear friend and/or family-member:
We’ve been asked a lot of questions since announcing our plan to move to Asheville. As a result, we created this frequently asked questions page.
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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
What is Asheville?
Solid question. Asheville is a city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains that is filled with artist, entrepreneurs, great food, and beer — lots of beer. This city consistently finds itself on lists of “top places to live” “healthiest this” and “coolest that.” Most people you know will know someone who has visited and would say “oh, I’ve heard great things about Asheville!”
Why did you move to Asheville?
The short answer, we love its vibes. The long answer: go read this post on our top four reasons for moving to Asheville.
How many people live in Asheville?
There are about 90,000 people living in Asheville, making it the 12th most populous city in North Carolina and what would be the smallest neighborhood when compared to any single neighborhood in New York City.
What’s the weather like?
It’s very mild (at least for us coming from New York). In the peak summer, it averages in the 70s and 80s, while in the winter it hovers in the 40s. Since it’s in the mountains, it tends to be breezy and they say rain passes over quickly.
Are there jobs in Asheville?
Well, do you think that 90,000 people are just sitting around, twiddling their thumbs, and collecting unemployment?! Yes, there are jobs in Asheville, but no it’s not New York. Since Asheville is a major tourist city, there are many jobs in hospitality (restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and so on). Everyone we talked to about finding a job in Asheville told us the same thing: “Bring your own job.” So, that’s what we did.
What is it a suburb of (aka what cities is it close to)?
Ahem, it is its own city but we hear you. It’s about two hours from Charlotte, NC and three hours from Atlanta (where Sarah is from!). Greenville, SC is practically straight south for an hour (and has direct flights from NYC). And, for what it’s worth, Nashville is about 5 hours away.
Wait – is Asheville in South Carolina or North Carolina?
We know – the Carolinas are confusing. We’re talking about North Carolina. Also fun fact: there are several other U.S. cities named “Ashville” (spelled without the first “e”): There’s an Ashville in Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and even an Ashville, New York!
What are the people like?
Friendly, chill, and very welcoming. We haven’t met a person we haven’t liked! Relative to the hustle and bustle of New York, everyone lives at a much slower pace down here – they call it “mountain time!”
Wait, you’ve been there, right?
Yes, we’ve been there. In fact, we visited three times before we officially decided to move.
What will you miss most about New York?
For Sarah, it’s the endless number of restaurants to try. Tony likes to quote his friend Zach who says, “I heart the idea of New York.” It’s the idea of New York being “the greatest city in the world” and everyone choosing to be there for that reason that Tony will miss.
Is there an airport in Asheville?
Yes, there is! Asheville has its own regional airport with direct flights to Newark, NJ and most major southern hubs. It’s located about 20-to-25 minutes south of downtown. In 2018, it broke an all-time record for the number of passengers that came through Asheville Regional Airport: 1,134,568. There is currently only one coffee shop and one restaurant inside the airport – but word on the street is we’re getting an Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon soon (!).
They do beer right?
Yes! And a lot of it. According to the Citizen-Times, Asheville has 26 craft breweries, and ranks number one in the country for breweries per capita. While we love them all, our favorite breweries right now are The Wedge and Burial.
Where are you going to live?
We’re going to set-up our tent somewhere out in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just kidding (although that is kind of Tony’s dream). Right now, we have a quaint little apartment in the Five Points neighborhood, just north of Asheville.
Still have questions?
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