What Makes Asheville a Top City For Retirees

Our beautiful mountain town of Asheville consistently ranks as a top city for retirees in the US. I personally appreciate the balanced lifestyle that Asheville provides. We have a bustling downtown, fine dining options, an active and diverse art scene, and we are surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. It just doesn’t get much better than this. If you are considering Asheville as a retirement destination, keep reading for my round-up of what makes Asheville a top city for retirees. 




Quality Traditional Medical Care

As we age, we naturally start placing a higher value on quality medical care. In many smaller towns, you typically have to compromise when it comes to the level of care available to you locally. In Asheville, this is absolutely not the case. The Mission Health System and Hospital receives top ratings, offers a range of specialized care for retirees, and is located smack dab in the middle of town, with off shoots around the periphery. Mission is the only hospital in North Carolina to ever receive designation as a Top 15 Health System from by Truven Health Analytics. Mission Heart has been named one of America's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2016, the tenth time since 2000 that Mission has received this recognition.


Holistic Health Options

In addition to strong traditional healthcare, Asheville is teeming with holistic healthcare providers. Acupuncturists, massage therapists, and naturopathic providers deliver options beyond the hospital to heal and improve your quality of life. When it comes to holistic eating, Asheville has tons of vegan-friendly restaurants- and plenty of healthy options for carnivores too. If you enjoy cooking at home, you can stock your pantry with fresh and colorful foods from your local tailgate markets, which offer a seasonal variety of produce, meats, eggs, herbs, and local goods.


Continuing Education

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI) at UNC Asheville provides is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. Their mission “is to enable our members to thrive in life’s second half.” OLLI represents just one of the continuing education opportunities in Asheville. AB Techalso offers continuing education and art classes for all ages. If you are looking for even more opportunities to grow as an artist, check outThe Asheville Art Museum in downtown and theOdyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in the River Arts District.


Community Engagement

In Asheville there is an opportunity to engage with your community around every corner. Locals take a vested interest in the wellbeing of their community and provide many opportunities to connect. Nonprofits, clubs, and religious organizations all offer ways for you to meet new friends and engage with Asheville on a deeper level. If you are looking to make friends and get to know your community, I recommend looking into volunteering at RiverLink, Manna Food Bank, and Hands On Asheville.


Indoor and Outdoor Activities

Retiring to Asheville means that you will never be bored! There is an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities to delight both you and your visitors (and believe me, there will be visitors!). Many activities are also handicap accessible, from trolley tours to gallery hopping to paved walking trails. Our local favorite, The Biltmore Estate, offers year round programming, from summer bike riding to holiday house and garden tours. If you are looking for something more rugged, The Blue Ridge Parkway runs North and South out of the city. Stop off at an overlook with a picnic, or take a roadside trail up into the mountains for even more spectacular views.