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Asheville, North Carolina

Largest city of Western North Carolina with 17 million people within a 5 hour drive time.

Asheville, NC: The Community

"Paris of the South, San Francisco of the East, Austin of the Mountains"

? "Named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S." -Frommer's Cities, 2007 ? Ranked #6 for "best place for business and careers" ? Forbes 2009 ? "One of the world's top 12 must see destinations" ? Frommer's Cites ? "New freak capital of the U.S." ? Rolling Stone

The Asheville Economy

With its tourism and second homeowners, the Asheville trades like a much larger city than it is. Asheville has the highest apparel per capita sales in NC, ranking even ahead of Charlotte

Taxable Sales

MSA

2010 Population Estimate

Asheville, NC

420,918

Charlotte-GastoniaConcord, NC

1,560,663

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

504,863

Greensboro-High Point, NC

721,646

Raleigh-Cary, NC

1,162,358

Wilmington, NC

367,101

Winston-Salem, NC

Sources: Population Data ? ESRI Taxable Sales Data ? NC Department of Revenue FY 2009-2010 * Note: Charlotte MSA totals do not include York County, SC

480,688

Per Capita Taxable Sales Index 100.0

105.9

98.3

92.1 97.9 98.2 88.1

Per Capita Apparel Sales Index

100.0

Per Capita Restaurant Sales Index

100.0

96.0

104.3

72.8

92.2

69.1

85.9

67.6

99.5

59.7

102.0

50.2

93.3

MSA Comparison

Southeast Cities 2010 Pop.

U.S. Cities

2010 Pop.

Charleston, SC

664,607 Corpus Christi, TX 428,185

Winston-Salem, NC 477,717

Asheville, NC

424,858

Asheville, NC

424,858 Santa Barbara, CA 423,895

Savannah, GA

347,611

Naples, FL

321,520

Myrtle Beach, SC

Source: United States Census 2010

269,291

Boulder, CO

294,567

The Asheville Economy

Major Employment Hub

? Over 215,000 employees with major corporations including Mission Hospital, Ingles Markets, Asheville VA Medical Center, The Biltmore Company, Borg Warner Turbo Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Eaton Corporation

? Regional medical hub ? Mission Hospital: One of the top 100 hospitals in the country

Home to 9 universities, educating over 25,000 students

Over 8 million tourist per year

Mission Hospital

University of North Carolina

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