Asheville NC and the surrounding areas have been votes among the top 5 places in many categories, including best place to retire. Check out other accolades and top ten lists that Asheville NC is on outside the retirement category, such as music, entertainment and food.
Yahoo! Real Estate: Asheville was named as one of the top ten places to live. (December 2008)
Where to Retire Magazine: Honored Asheville as one of its “Eight Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers,” touting the many wonderful art studios, seasonal art walks and Bele Chere, the largest free outdoor music festival in the Southeast. (May/June 2008)
Country Home Magazine: Asheville was recognized as one of the top 25 green cities in America for their “2007 Best Green Places” rankings. (January 2008)
Outside Magazine: Asheville ranked as “Best Southern Town” in its “Best Towns In America” story. In each region of the country, the magazine selected the best town with a population of fewer than 100,000 people and the best city with a population of more than 100,000 people. Winners are all “smart, progressive burgs with gorgeous wilderness playgrounds,”places that “have realistic housing and job markets,” according to the magazine. (August 2007)
TopRetirements.com: Asheville made the list as number one in topretirements.com's “Top 10 Most Popular Retirement Towns.” (August 2007)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Ranked Asheville number five in the small cities and towns category (population under 100,000) in the annual “Top 25 Arts Destinations” reader’s poll. (June 2007)
Cities Ranked & Rated: This sourcebook for anyone looking to find the best place to live ranked Asheville as number seven among their analysis of more than 400 metro areas in the U.S. and Canada. Asheville was ranked on the following criteria: economy and jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health and healthcare, crime, transportation, leisure, arts and culture, and overall quality of life. (May 2007)
Relocate-America.com: Asheville rated number one in the Web site’s annual ranking of the most popular places to live for 2007. (April 2007)
America’s 100 Best Places to Retire: This guide to today’s top retirement towns included Asheville as one of the best cities or towns for modern retirees. (April 2007)
American Institute of Architects: Named Biltmore Estate on its list of Top 10 Architectural Wonders based on a public poll. Biltmore Estate is ranked among the Empire State Building, White House, Golden Gate Bridge and Chrysler Building on this prestigious list issued by the AIA.
GoVeg.com: Asheville voted first as “America’s Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City.” (March 2006)
Forbes: In its annual ranking of “Best Places for Business and Careers,” Asheville ranked #24. (May 4, 2006)
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: The magazine combed the country for cities that embody a reasonable cost of living coupled with a great quality of life. Asheville ranked seventh in the “50 Smart Cities” list. (May 8, 2006)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Ranked Asheville second in the small cities and towns category (population under 100,000) in the ninth annual “Top 25 Arts Destinations” reader’s poll. (June 2006)
Southern Accents: Asheville was ranked first in the favorite mountain getaway and third in the favorite golf and spa destination in the Southern Accents Reader Travel Awards. (May/June 2006)
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Saw Asheville as a Southern town leading the Green Revolution and named Asheville one of the greenest towns in the south. (July 2006)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville eighth in a poll of the Top 25 Arts Destinations, up from tenth in the 2004 poll.
RelocateAmerica.com: Named Asheville ninth in “America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2005.” The nominated towns were compared against education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.
Pinnacle Living Magazine: Asheville rated one of the top 25 towns in the Southern mountains for relocation, second homes and retirement. (2005)
USA Weekend Magazine: Asheville named one of five “Cities that are Special.” (July 2004)
RelocateAmerica.com: Asheville came in fifth in “America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2004.” The nominated towns were compared against education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.
Where to Retire Magazine: Named Asheville one of eight great college towns. (May/June 2004)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville #10 in a poll of the Top 25 Arts Destinations, up from #18 in the previous year's poll.
Cities Ranked and Rated: Named Asheville the #8 rated city in America to live in 2004. Determined by a number of essential factors, including economy and jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health and health care, crime, transportation, leisure, and arts and crafts. Presented by Frommer’s Travel Guides. (March 30, 2004)
Where to Retire Magazine: Asheville selected as one of eight great walking towns. (12/15/2003)
MSN: Asheville named one of the top five “Best Places to Retire.” (2003)
Blue Ridge Country Magazine: In the 15th Anniversary edition, Asheville was ranked in the top three in “Best Mountain Town,” "Best Couples Getaway,” “Best Festival,” for Bele Chere, “Best Retirement Town,” “Best Weekend Getaway,” and “Best Shopping Overall.” (August 2003)
Southern Living Magazine: Asheville chosen by a Reader’s Choice poll as one of the top mountain destinations and weekend getaways in the Southeast. (May 2003)
AARP Magazine: Asheville selected as one of the Top 15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life. (May-June 2003)
Self Magazine: Named Asheville the Happiest City in the United States.
New York Times: Asheville made the Harris Poll list of “Most Desirable Places to Live". (September 2002).
Hemispheres: Asheville joined a select list of 70 of the world’s most visible and visited cities—the only in NC ever featured in the popular United Airlines magazine. The feature piece is titled, “Three Perfect Days in Asheville.” (September 2002)
National Trust for Historic Preservation: Listed Asheville among its List of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, describing it as “offering diverse natural, historic, and cultural experiences that preserve generations of the 'Appalachian tradition.'" (July 2002)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville as #13 in the list of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in America for “sharing a love for the arts and promoting cultural tourism.” (Summer 2002)
Where to Retire Magazine: Asheville listed as one of the Best Tax Heavens in the Country. (Spring 2002)
Barron’s Online: Asheville listed as one of the Best Places to Retire. (March 2002)
MSN Home Advisor: Ranked Asheville among the Best Five Places to Retire.
Where to Retire Magazine: Asheville rated in Ten Great Towns for Retired Singles. (Summer 2001)
American Style Magazine: Asheville rated eighth of the top 25 arts destinations in the USA. (Summer 2001)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Asheville rated sixth of the top 25 arts destinations in the USA.
Modern Maturity Magazine: Ranked Asheville the #1 place to live in the small town category of 50 Most Alive Places to Live. (May-June 2000)
Money Magazine: Asheville ranked in the top five best places to retire. (July 2000)
Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac: Ranked Asheville one of the best places to live in the United States among metropolitan areas smaller than 250,000 people, as well as one of the top five places to retire. (2000)