5 Reasons Why People are Relocating from California to Asheville

Asheville remains a popular destination for people relocating out of California, at least according to the US Census.

Each year, California ranks among the top sources of transplants in Asheville, together with Charlotte, NC, Florida, and the North East.

As I’ve mentioned before, COVID hasn’t dramatically changed this, at least not yet. In fact, it seems to have done the opposite.

Here are some recent comments I’ve heard from folks who have made the move from California to Asheville:

“We escaped from Los Angeles to the area and couldn’t be happier. Clean air, seasons, normal people, clean cities.”

and this transplant who retired in Asheville…

“Moved here in June from Sf Bay Area (Alameda) after retiring. Chose AVL for the beauty, mild seasons, outdoor activities, music, beer, less crowded, slower pace, closer to family in N.C. and Florida, less expensive… loving it so far!”

and finally, this former Californian who was done with the stress of fires

“Escaped the stress of fire season”

If you’re thinking of relocating to Asheville from California, you might enjoy this list of Asheville pros:

Lower cost of living


If you make $100,000 in the Bay Area (San Francisco), you will need to make only $50,675 in Asheville to enjoy the same lifestyle, according to CNN Money’s cost of living calculator. Housing is 70 percent cheaper, transportation costs 31 percent less and groceries are about 26 percent cheaper.

Depending on the neighborhood, a $350k-$450k budget in San Francisco can buy a one-bedroom, one-bath condo while the same amount will purchase a nicely upgraded or new construction 3-bedroom and 3-bathroom single-family home in some of Asheville’s most popular areas. San Francisco’s property taxes can significantly up your monthly mortgage payment, according to Movoto. also has a neat Asheville cost-of-living calculator that can be helpful in making city-to-city cost comparisons.

If you’re considering a condo in Asheville, check out our guide to buying a condo.

Easy access to nature


Once you get into Asheville, it’s not hard to find the perfect spot to get out into nature. Choose from a wide-range of activities including hot-air balloon rides, ziplining, nature trails, birding, or simply enjoying the views from one of the dozens of mountain-side overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Climate and air qualityasheville-climate-and-air-quality

Due to the elevation of 2400 to 3000 feet, Asheville summers are cooler and milder than you might think. Expect to see some flurries and a few inches of snow, though.

A recent study cited a 15.3% improvement in air quality in Asheville over the period from 2015-19 compared with 2005-09. According to the American Lung Association, the San Francisco Bay area scored “F” for the number of “High Ozone Days” and “24-Hour Particle Pollution”, whereas Asheville scored moderately better with grades of “C” and “D” respectively. To compare air pollution between Asheville and other cities, visit the ALA website.

Arts, culture, and food


Asheville has so much to offer when it comes to the arts, culture, and food. We were voted the best food city in America. The 2020 Southern Living Idea House is in Asheville, NC.

Airport accessibility

If you fly frequently, you’ll appreciate that the Asheville airport is just 15 minutes south of Downtown. The airport offers daily flights on Delta, Allegiant, United, American to major metros across the US. In other words, you don’t have to give up ease of travel for life in Asheville.

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If you’d like to learn more about the Asheville real estate market, or are thinking about relocating from California to Asheville, there are a couple ways to get started. You can shoot me a quick message or e-mail me at You can view all recently listed Asheville area homes for sale here.

I'm Dylan Lennon, an Asheville local, the founder of this Asheville Real Estate website, and a Realtor in Asheville. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I appreciate your time spent on this site and am always open to suggestions and ideas from our readers. You can connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or contact me through this website. I'd love to hear from you.

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