Asheville is a city in North Carolina and, according to the official US Census conducted in 2000 the city’s population was over 70,000, making it one of the largest cities in western North Carolina. The city is the county seat of Buncombe County and it is a member of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Buncombe County.

It was settled in 1784 and by 1790 had over 500 residents living in the area. During the American Civil War the city provided several companies of soldiers for the Confederate Army and after the war the city prospered. It was hit hard during the Great Depression and at the time it had the highest per-capita debt of any city in the nation. Today, however, the economy has diversified immensely and the city is thriving once again.

During the summer months the city’s temperatures typically hit around 84 degrees during the day, with lows often dropping down to around 65 degrees overnight. Average highs during the winter months hit around 48 degrees during the day, with lows averaging about 30 degrees overnight.

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