Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 68,889 at the 2000 census. It is the largest city in western North Carolina, and continues to grow. As of 2006, the Census Bureau estimates that Asheville's population is 72,789 . Asheville is a part of the four-county Asheville metropolitan statistical area, the population of which was estimated by the Census Bureau in 2006 to be 398,009.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the land where Asheville now exists lay within the boundaries of Cherokee country. In 1540, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto came to the area, bringing the first European visitors in addition to European diseases which seriously depleted the native population. As the Cherokee were eventually dominated by European settlers, the area was used as an open hunting ground until the middle of the 19th century.
Another Gannett-owned publication is facing issues in these current times and the latest is the Asheville Citizen-Times. The Citizen-Times laid off eight employees in 2013, including six members of its newsroom. On the flip side, the Homecoming Job Fair is having a great turnout, but this time not only from the job seekers but also employers in the region. This year`s fair has drawn a record 94 employers to the job fair looking to fill approximately 2,000 positions in the near future. One of the largest companies looking to bring on additional staff is GE Aviation, which plans to add around 50 jobs over the next few years.