Located in Buncombe County, North Carolina, Asheville is the biggest city in Western North Carolina with a population of 83,393. The city offers a number of different neighborhoods throughout its north, east, south and west regions, each with a variety of housing options. Asheville currently stands as the third most religious city in North Carolina with a population representing a range of denominations.
There are a number of public schools in the city, and Asheville High was ranked as one of the top High Schools in the United States by Newsweek. There are also a selection of charter schools and private schools available to residents. A number of institutions of higher education also reside in the area and include a variety of both colleges and universities. There are a many opportunities available to the youth of the city. While Asheville is located in a region with a typical Southeastern humid subtropical climate, it is substantially cooler than the rest of the region because it sits in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While there is still significant moisture in the air, the region provides more comfortable temperatures with a July average of 74 degrees. Winters can be cool, and January temperatures average about 37 degrees.
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