Living Here
First-class schools, exemplary medical centers and a variety of places of worship – all nearby

Area Schools

Asheville is home to a variety of prestigious schools. Its wide variety of public, private and charter schools, as well as its colleges and universities hold a high standard of academic excellence.

Public Schools

Private Schools

Higher Education

University of North Carolina Asheville
University of North Carolina Asheville
Warren Wilson College
Warren Wilson College


mission-hospital Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital

Mission Health is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system accredited by The Joint Commission.

The main hospital in the system, Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds on its two adjoining campuses in Asheville, Memorial and St. Joseph. The medical staff has more than 750 physicians representing most specialties and sub-specialties. There are 6,000 employees and nearly 700 volunteers.

Mission is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Its centers of excellence include Pediatrics,CancerHeartNeurosciencesOrthopedicsWomen’s Health, and the region’s dedicated Level II Trauma Center.

Places of Worship

The Asheville area has a rich and diverse population. Residents can find sanctuary and spiritual fulfillment in any one of the vast array of places of worship.

Learn more about area places of worship

First Baptist Church First Baptist Church

Asheville Fire Department
Asheville Fire Department


Asheville Police Department
Asheville Police Department

Safety & Security

Fire Department

The City of Asheville Fire Department is recognized as one of the premier fire and rescue departments in North Carolina.  The department is an accredited agency and has earned an ISO class 3 public protection classification.

The department is prepared to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to fire suppression, the department provides first responder emergency medical services, vehicle accident extrication as well as trench and high angle rescue service, swift water rescue service and fire and life safety inspections and education.

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Police Department

The City of Asheville Police Department is dedicated to providing a safe city with safe neighborhoods. The department utilizes the strengths, experiences and specialties of its 241 sworn and non-sworn men and women and more than 150 volunteers.

The Asheville Police Department is a nationally accredited police department through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

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