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About Asheville

85,712 in city
442,875 in metro
107 km² (41 mi²)
631.924499512 m
Situated on a plateau amidst the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville is the cultural and economic center of western North Carolina and the seat of Buncombe County. The city serves as the gateway to several national parks and forests, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Settled in 1794, Asheville did not see rapid growth until the coming of the railroad in 1880 and the investments of George W. Vanderbilt and other wealthy businessmen. What has become the city's most famous attraction, is the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore is one of the largest and most opulent estates of the Guilded Age, and was built by Vanderbilt just to the south of the city. Asheville is also famous as the hometown of author Thomas Wolfe. Historically, the city's economy rested on tourism. However, the city has since diversified its economy and has grown to become western North Carolina's leader in healthcare, retirement, education, as well as several industries such as textiles, wood products, and processed foods.

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
66 All Buildings

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 Buncombe County Courthouse 230 ft 1928
2 BB&T Bank Building 228 ft 1965
3 City Building of Asheville 180 ft 1927
4 Battery Park Apartments 156 ft 1924
5 Vanderbilt Apartments 132 ft 1924