America's Best Affordable Places to Retire

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Asheville, North Carolina

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On any given Friday night in Asheville, you might stumble upon a street-corner bluegrass band, an art gallery opening, a festival (if you're lucky, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival), and maybe even a mime. "You can do things for free, for a nominal fee, or a donation, and see all kinds of plays, shows, and music should you desire," says Sheila Murphy, who retired to Asheville in 2003.

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