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In town, the cost of living is just 4.8% above the national average, according to Sperling’s Best Places, and Asheville residents seldom lack for things to do. The renovated historic downtown bursts with art and craft galleries which run the gamut from folk to contemporary; there are also unique locally owned shops and roughly 500 restaurants. The River Arts District, a short drive from downtown, has over 150 studios and galleries on its own. Asheville has a symphony orchestra and an active local theater and music scene, too.
“You don’t go to very many places here, and think ‘I’m old, I don’t belong here,'” she adds. Warren Wilson and Western Carolina University are also located in Asheville.
Courtesy of Anya Martin at Market Watch