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Retiring in Asheville

Asheville consistently receives great rankings as a premier place to retire—recently US News & World Report named Asheville one of “10 Best Places to Retire.”

Located in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains and nestled next to the Great Smoky Mountains, the region’s scenic beauty is just one of the many reasons that Asheville is so popular among North Carolina destinations perfect for retirement.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville is an internationally acclaimed learning community center that offers an array of educational programs in the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transition, retirement relocation planning, intergenerational co-learning and more.

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Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina. The county’s population is about 224,000. The city’s MSA population is approximately 402,000. If it’s a small town that you’re seeking, there are many distinctively different small towns that surround downtown Asheville.

The quality of life in Asheville is outstanding, with a low crime rate, incredible educational opportunities and diverse housing options. A four-season temperate climate, with average snowfall of only 13 inches and cool summertime temperatures, makes year-round living easy and makes Asheville one of the top North Carolina Retirement cities.

NC Retirement Information is also available through the Asheville Chamber of Commerce,

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