Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Population in 2014: 1,233 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -13.0%
 
Males: 562  (45.6%)
Females: 671  (54.4%)
Median resident age:  61.8 years
North Carolina median age:  37.9 years

Zip codes: 28605, 28645.

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Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,950 (it was $54,271 in 2000)
Blowing Rock:

$48,950
NC:

$45,906

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $37,109 (it was $34,294 in 2000)

Blowing Rock town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $516,945 (it was $250,800 in 2000)
Blowing Rock:

$516,945
NC:

$154,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $275,036; Detached houses: $294,343; Townhouses or other attached units: $241,162; In 2-unit structures: $338,052; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $181,061; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $313,574; Mobile homes: $97,338

Median gross rent in 2013: $944.

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  • Races in Blowing Rock, NC (2010)

    Blowing Rock races chart
    • 1,19095.9%White alone
    • 241.9%Two or more races
    • 201.6%Hispanic
    • 40.3%Black alone
    • 30.2%Asian alone

Races in Blowing Rock detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Blowing Rock: 91.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (25.9%), English (23.3%), Irish (10.1%), Scottish (5.6%), Italian (5.1%), Scotch-Irish (4.7%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/11/1889

Elevation: 3579 feet

Land area: 2.97 square miles.

Population density: 416 people per square mile   (low).

Blowing Rock,NC real estate house value index trend

Blowing Rock, North Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Blowing Rock:

  • High school or higher: 93.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 51.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 23.2%
  • Unemployed: 3.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Blowing Rock town:

  • Never married: 20.1%
  • Now married: 54.3%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 15.2%
  • Divorced: 10.2%

11 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.0%
North Carolina:

7.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,607 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $3,180 (0.6%)

Blowing Rock satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (41.6 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (79.5 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (444.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Boone, NC (2.4 miles ), Foscoe, NC (2.4 miles ), Seven Devils, NC (2.8 miles) , Valle Crucis, NC (2.8 miles ), Grandfather, NC (3.2 miles) , Sugar Mountain, NC (3.2 miles ), Banner Elk, NC (3.4 miles ), Beech Mountain, NC (3.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 27 buildings, average cost: $173,400
  • 1998: 40 buildings, average cost: $217,500
  • 1999: 27 buildings, average cost: $235,700
  • 2000: 27 buildings, average cost: $235,700
  • 2001: 13 buildings, average cost: $215,900
  • 2002: 16 buildings, average cost: $254,000
  • 2003: 13 buildings, average cost: $374,600
  • 2004: 16 buildings, average cost: $274,600
  • 2005: 21 buildings, average cost: $460,900
  • 2006: 21 buildings, average cost: $468,700
  • 2007: 16 buildings, average cost: $421,200
  • 2008: 23 buildings, average cost: $779,300
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $461,700
  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $558,500
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $1,300,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $800,000
  • 2013: 8 buildings, average cost: $881,700
  • 2014: 12 buildings, average cost: $865,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 36.13 N, Longitude: 81.67 W

Area code: 828

Blowing Rock household income distribution Blowing Rock home values distribution

Crime rates in Blowing Rock by Year
Type 2003 2004 2006 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 00000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 010000N/AN/A
per 100,000 0.068.60.00.00.00.0N/AN/A
Robberies 01000000
per 100,000 0.068.60.00.00.00.00.00.0
Assaults 23200004
per 100,000 139.5205.9137.70.00.00.00.0323.4
Burglaries 181213221413106
per 100,000 1,255.2823.6895.31,469.61,113.81,033.4810.4485.0
Thefts 6661565131282920
per 100,000 4,602.54,186.73,856.73,406.82,466.22,225.82,350.11,616.8
Auto thefts 22210112
per 100,000 139.5137.3137.766.80.079.581.0161.7
Arson 00000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 278.4) 293.4332.8241.1230.7166.6158.2148.3166.3

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Crime rate in Blowing Rock detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 10 (9 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

7.28
North Carolina average:

2.41

Blowing Rock tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.3%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +152 (+12.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (25%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (10%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Educational services (33%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (25%)
  • Sales and related occupations (24%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (25%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (3%)

Work and jobs in Blowing Rock: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Blowing Rock-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 49% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 24.3 miles away from the Blowing Rock town center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 34.2 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Blowing Rock-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 190.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 162.8 miles away from Blowing Rock center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 130.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 73.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 75.3 miles away from Blowing Rock center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 74.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Watauga County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Blowing Rock topographic map

Birthplace of: Tom Robbins - (born 1936), novelist.

Hospitals and medical centers in Blowing Rock:

  • BLOWING ROCK HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 418 CHESTNUT DRIVE)
  • BLOWING ROCK HOSP ICF (CHESTNUT DR BOX 148)
  • BLOWING ROCK HOSPITAL LTC (418 CHESTNUT ST)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Blowing Rock:

  • Appalachian State University (about 6 miles; Boone, NC; Full-time enrollment: 17,362)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 22 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • Wilkes Community College (about 28 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; FT enrollment: 2,292)
  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 29 miles; Morganton, NC; FT enrollment: 2,205)
  • Catawba Valley Community College (about 37 miles; Hickory, NC; FT enrollment: 3,785)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 41 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • King University (about 42 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)

Public elementary/middle school in Blowing Rock:

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Church in Blowing Rock: Mount Bethel Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoir: Chetola Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Blowing Rock include: Blowing Rock City Park (1), Broyhill Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Chetola Resort & Conference Center (North Main Street), Blowing Rock Lodge (197 Old USHighway 321), Azalea Garden Inn (793 Main Street), Alpine Village Inn (297 Sunset Drive), Blowing Rock Inn (788 Main Street), Graystone Lodge (2419 Highway 105), Blowing Rock-Days Inn Boone Area/Blue River (Highway 321 Bypass P.O. Box 2307), Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort (Main Street), Hidden Garden Apartments and Cottages (127 Sunset Drive).

Watauga County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 42.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

42.9
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.701. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.701
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 25.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 15.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.03. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 6.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.03
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.7%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This town:  1.9 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  56.8%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  4.0%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.8% of all households
65 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in Blowing Rock in 2000:

  • 67 people in nursing homes
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Blowing Rock, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Banks with branches in Blowing Rock (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Blowing Rock Branch at 983 Main Street, branch established on 1936/10/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • United Community Bank: Blowing Rock Branch at 8433 Valley Blvd, branch established on 2007/01/09. Info updated 2009/06/23: Bank assets: $6,977.4 mil, Deposits: $6,170.1 mil, headquarters in Blairsville, GA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 106 total offices, Holding Company: United Community Banks, Inc.
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Blowing Rock Branch at Main And Maple Streets, branch established on 1986/03/18. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.6
North Carolina average:

12.4

Blowing Rock travel time to work - commute Blowing Rock mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Blowing Rock town (based on Watauga County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant12,92563
Mainline Protestant6,80023
Catholic1,0572
Other6215
Orthodox241
None30,024-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Watauga County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Watauga County:

0.90 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
Watauga County:

4.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 78
Here:

17.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.1%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Watauga County:

23.1%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.3%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

50.4%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Blowing Rock:

48.2%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Blowing Rock:

30.2
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Blowing Rock:

22.5%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

20.3%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

44.9%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
This city:

53.1%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Blowing Rock:

75.6%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Blowing Rock, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 5$14,072$33,7730$0
Other Government Administration 7$8,854$15,1780$0
Police Protection - Officers 11$29,091$31,7360$0
Firefighters 7$26,910$46,1312$943
Streets and Highways 7$18,155$31,1230$0
Solid Waste Management 4$5,832$17,4960$0
Sewerage 2$5,540$33,2400$0
Parks and Recreation 5$11,450$27,4802$106
Water Supply 2$7,509$45,0540$0
Other and Unallocable 12$41,496$41,49614$14,243
Totals for Government 62$168,909$32,69218$15,292

Blowing Rock government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $373,000 ($302.51)
    Regular Highways: $168,000 ($136.25)
  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $777,000 ($630.17)
    Police Protection: $592,000 ($480.13)
    Regular Highways: $563,000 ($456.61)
    General - Other: $477,000 ($386.86)
    Sewerage: $448,000 ($363.34)
    Solid Waste Management: $301,000 ($244.12)
    Parks & Recreation: $255,000 ($206.81)
    Financial Administration: $215,000 ($174.37)
    Water Utilities: $192,000 ($155.72)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $138,000 ($111.92)
    General Public Buildings: $49,000 ($39.74)
    Central Staff Services: $38,000 ($30.82)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $79,000 ($64.07)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Health: $4,000 ($3.24)
  • Intergovernmental to State - General: $6,000 ($4.87)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $89,000 ($72.18)
    Police Protection: $73,000 ($59.21)
    General Public Building: $64,000 ($51.91)
    Regular Highways: $48,000 ($38.93)
    Water Utilities: $34,000 ($27.58)
    General - Other: $12,000 ($9.73)
    Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $10,000 ($8.11)
    Parks & Recreation: $8,000 ($6.49)
    Financial Administration: $7,000 ($5.68)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,439,000 ($1167.07)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $17,000 ($13.79)

Blowing Rock government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $864,000 ($700.73)
    Solid Waste Management: $86,000 ($69.75)
    Parks & Recreation: $75,000 ($60.83)
    All Other: $20,000 ($16.22)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $264,000 ($214.11)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $100,000 ($81.10)
    Interest Earnings: $75,000 ($60.83)
    Rents: $6,000 ($4.87)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $964,000 ($781.83)
    Water Utilities: $370,000 ($300.08)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $142,000 ($115.17)
    Highways: $96,000 ($77.86)
    All Other: $54,000 ($43.80)
  • Tax - Property: $1,896,000 ($1537.71)
    Other Selective Sales: $321,000 ($260.34)
    NEC: $103,000 ($83.54)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $53,000 ($42.98)

Blowing Rock government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $290,000 ($235.20)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $2,307,000 ($1871.05)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,825,000 ($1480.13)
    Full Faith & Credit - Water Utilities: $152,000 ($123.28)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $360,000 ($291.97)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $138,000 ($111.92)
    Other, NEC: $122,000 ($98.95)

Blowing Rock government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,967,000 ($2406.33)

9.78% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,447 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.78%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.59% ($147,373 average AGI)
from Ashe County, NC  0.52% ($32,329)
from Wake County, NC  0.49% ($31,087)


10.51% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,410 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.51%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.78% ($26,073 average AGI)
to Ashe County, NC  0.60% ($26,894)
to Wake County, NC  0.51% ($22,792)

Strongest AM radio stations in Blowing Rock:

  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WATA (1450 AM; 1 kW; BOONE, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKGX (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WKSK (580 AM; 5 kW; W.JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: CADDELL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Blowing Rock:

  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WMMY (106.1 FM; JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: 106.1, INC.)
  • WKBC-FM (97.3 FM; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: WILKES BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W267AN (101.3 FM; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: TRIAD FAMILY NETWORK, INC.)
  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)

TV broadcast stations around Blowing Rock:

  • W65DT (Channel 65; BOONE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WLNN-LP (Channel 24; BOONE, NC; Owner: SOUND MEDIA INC.)
  • W59AK (Channel 59; ZIONVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

Blowing Rock fatal accident list:

Oct 24, 2000 07:59 AM, Green Hill Road, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 15, 1990 05:07 PM, Green Hill, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 2
Oct 12, 1979 11:26 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1, Drunken persons involved: 1
Jul 2, 1976 02:03 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Dec 29, 1976 09:24 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jul 2, 1975 02:03 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Dec 29, 1975 09:24 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 7Number of bridges
  • 8m26ftTotal length
  • 5,410Total average daily traffic
  • 323Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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  • 1774 Flat Top Road (Lat: 36.160000 Lon: -81.670278), Type: Pole, Structure height: 24.3 m, Call Sign: KNKN631
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 845.010 MHzGrant Date: 08/31/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020, Certifier: John T Scott IiiRegistrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:
  • Tweetsie Cell, 4 Km Ne Of (Lat: 36.165972 Lon: -81.641222), Type: Tower, Structure height: 59.3 m, Overall height: 60.7 m, Call Sign: KNKN881
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHzGrant Date: 08/30/2011, Expiration Date: 10/01/2021Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8661, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:
  • Goforth, 1.5 Km East Of (Lat: 36.133806 Lon: -81.660361), Type: Tower, Structure height: 27.5 m, Overall height: 29 m, Call Sign: KNKN881
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, 846.510 MHzGrant Date: 08/30/2011, Expiration Date: 10/01/2021Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8661, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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  • Donald W Curtis, .55 Km N Of Us 321 On N Side Edmisten Rd In Wautauge County (Lat: 36.154722 Lon: -81.661111), Type: 62.8, Overall height: 61.9 m, Registrant: 9197909392, , 3012 HIGHWOODS BLVD., SUITE 201
  • Susan L Prillman, .55 Km N Of Us 321 On N Side Edmisten Rd In Wautauge County (Lat: 36.154722 Lon: -81.661111), Type: 62.8, Structure height: 37189 m, Overall height: 61.9 m, Registrant: 9198823730, Asherrill@curtismedia.Com, 3012 HIGHWOODS BLVD., SUITE 201
  • .55 Km N Of Us 321 On N Side Edmisten Rd In Wautauge County (Lat: 36.154722 Lon: -81.661111), Type: 62.8, Overall height: 61.9 m, Registrant: 7042640735
  • Edminsten Rd (Lat: 36.154722 Lon: -81.661111), Type: 5.2, Overall height: 5.1 m, Registrant: 7042959001

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Blowing Rock, NC)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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  • BLWROCK, 1774 Flat Top Rd (Lat: 36.160000 Lon: -81.670611), Type: Mast, Structure height: 30.5 m, Overall height: 32.5 m, Call Sign: WQNI330
    Assigned Frequencies: 10835.0 MHzGrant Date: 02/11/2011, Expiration Date: 02/11/2021, Cancellation Date: 07/29/2014, Certifier: Christopher L HarrisRegistrant: Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC, 2101 Rexford Road Suite 200 E, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: (704) 936-1801, Fax: (704) 936-1801, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Blowing Rock)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

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  • Aircraft: YATES LEONARD W JABIRU 250 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: AMA/EXPR UNKNOWN ENG (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 207Y , Serial Number: 149, Year manufactured: 2005, Airworthiness Date: 07/19/2005
    Registrant (Individual): Richard Goosman, Po Box 2005, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
  • Aircraft: TREDO RANDALL H WLAC-1 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR IO-360 (210 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 237AM , Serial Number: 79, Year manufactured: 1990, Airworthiness Date: 11/15/2013
    Registrant (Co-Owned): Anna E Miller, Po Box 570, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, Other Owners: Alan K Miller
  • Aircraft: HILLER UH-12E (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 72 mph), Engine: LYCOMING VO-540 SERIES (310 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 4277X , Serial Number: 5161, Year manufactured: 1981, Airworthiness Date: 06/05/1991
    Registrant (Individual): Country Helicopter LLC High, 339 Gorge View Dr, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
  • Aircraft: CUB CRAFTERS INC CC11-100 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-200A (100 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 957BS , Serial Number: CC11-00097, Year manufactured: 2009, Airworthiness Date: 07/11/2009
    Registrant (Individual): Fletcher H Schiller, Po Box 1925, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Drinking water stations with addresses in Blowing Rock and their reported violations in the past:

BLOWING ROCK, TOWN OF (Population served: 1,637, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2008 and SEP-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-04-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-04-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2008 and MAR-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-29-2008), St Public Notif received (JUL-02-2008), St Public Notif requested (JUL-17-2008), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-17-2008), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2007 and DEC-2007, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-29-2008), St Formal NOV issued (APR-29-2008), St Public Notif requested (APR-29-2008), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2009)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-26-2005), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-04-2005), St Public Notif received (SEP-07-2005), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2009)
TWEETSIE RAILROAD INC (Population served: 800, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-1993, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: Fed Formal NOV issued (AUG-22-1994), Fed Public Notif requested (AUG-22-1994), Fed Compliance achieved (APR-11-1995), St Intentional no-action (JUL-15-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-15-2010)
MYSTERY HILL (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Blowing Rock that have no violations reported:

  • WESTGLOW SPA (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • JOHN`S RIVER CAMP (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • WESTGLOW RESORT (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 9
Most common first names in Blowing Rock, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary4280.4 years
William2674.4 years
James2273.9 years
John2276.4 years
Charles1776.5 years
Margaret1481.0 years
Robert1476.2 years
George1381.8 years
Elizabeth1277.9 years
Thomas1070.1 years
Most common last names in Blowing Rock, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Coffey4877.4 years
Greene2677.7 years
Gragg1876.0 years
Miller1478.1 years
Williams1282.2 years
Lentz1277.4 years
Bolick1283.3 years
Hodges1184.3 years
Craig1181.8 years
Brown1184.2 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (44%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (28%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (21%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Utility gas (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
Businesses in Blowing Rock, NC
NameCountNameCount
Ann Taylor1J.Crew1
Banana Republic1Lane Furniture1
Chico's1Levi Strauss & Co.1
DressBarn1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Dressbarn1Outback1
FedEx1Outback Steakhouse1
Gap1Skechers USA1
Gymboree1Subway1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul1
IZOD1UPS1

Blowing Rock compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.
There are 6 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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