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Asheville, NC is listed as one of U.S. News’ Best Places to Retire.
In August 2011, Asheville made the Good Morning America’s list of 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.
The population of Asheville, N.C., is only about 70,000, but this midsize city ranked No. 1 on a list of the most popular places to live in 2007.
Asheville made its second appearance on Relocate-America.com’s annual top 10 list, compiled each year since 1998. The site attracts visitors in the process of relocating and is aimed at helping people research cities before making a move.
The Web site is a service of HomeRoute, a Howell, Mich.-based company that also connects consumers to Realtors.
Below are the top 10 cities on Relocate-America.com’s “America’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2007”:
- Asheville, N.C.
- Traverse City, Mich.
- Ithaca, N.Y.
- Cary, N.C.
- Portland, Maine
- San Francisco
- Stevens Point, Wis.
- O’Fallon, Mo.
- Spencer, Iowa
Asheville pops up on national rankings for a variety of things: Modern Maturity named it one of “The 50 Most Alive Places To Be,” AmericanStyle magazine called it one of “America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations,” Self magazine labeled it the “Happiest City for Women,” it is one of AARP Magazine‘s “Best Places to Reinvent Your Life”.
Asheville has also been called “a New Age Mecca” by CBS News‘ Eye On America, In August 2006 Asheville was named one the “Best Outside Towns” by Outside Magazine. In the 2008 book, The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner, Asheville was cited by the author as one of the happiest places in the United States. In 2011 Asheville was picked as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America” by Good Morning America.
In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated, and #23 of 200 metro areas for business and careers by Forbes. It was also named one of the world’s top 12 must-see destinations for 2007 by Frommer’s travel guides.