Boone, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 19,205 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: +42.6%
Males: 9,788  (51.0%)
Females: 9,417  (49.0%)
Median resident age:

21.5 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28607.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $18,266 (it was $20,541 in 2000)
Boone:

$18,266
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $14,639 (it was $12,256 in 2000)

Boone town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $285,192 (it was $133,200 in 2000)
Boone:

$285,192
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $306,002; detached houses: $336,328; townhouses or other attached units: $262,352; in 2-unit structures: $381,726; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $231,071; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $254,480; mobile homes: $65,614

Median gross rent in 2017: $857.

March 2019 cost of living index in Boone: 98.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 58.4%
(57.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.1% for Black residents, 86.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 90.6% for American Indian residents, 97.8% for other race residents, 84.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Boone, NC (2017)
    • 16,88989.4%White alone
    • 8104.3%Hispanic
    • 4372.3%Black alone
    • 3782.0%Two or more races
    • 1881.0%Asian alone
    • 720.4%American Indian alone
    • 120.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 17 registered sex offenders living in Boone, North Carolina as of December 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Boone is 1,095 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Boone by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(7.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.2)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
4
(29.6)
5
(37.2)
2
(15.1)
4
(28.8)
4
(28.6)
7
(49.3)
7
(40.4)
3
(17.3)
5
(27.8)
10
(54.1)
9
(48.9)
13
(70.8)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
2
(14.8)
4
(29.7)
4
(30.1)
7
(50.4)
6
(42.9)
6
(42.2)
4
(23.1)
5
(28.8)
8
(44.4)
5
(27.0)
1
(5.4)
2
(10.9)
6
(31.4)
5
(25.6)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
11
(81.4)
19
(141.2)
15
(112.9)
13
(93.6)
22
(157.2)
11
(77.4)
22
(126.9)
26
(149.8)
27
(150.0)
18
(97.3)
21
(114.2)
20
(108.8)
18
(94.1)
13
(66.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
87
(644.1)
58
(431.1)
69
(519.5)
60
(432.1)
93
(664.5)
82
(577.1)
66
(380.6)
98
(564.5)
61
(338.9)
54
(292.0)
69
(375.1)
74
(402.7)
52
(271.7)
53
(271.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
327
(2,421)
330
(2,453)
375
(2,823)
355
(2,557)
441
(3,151)
349
(2,456)
322
(1,857)
293
(1,688)
232
(1,289)
278
(1,503)
255
(1,386)
307
(1,671)
318
(1,662)
230
(1,178)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
15
(111.1)
17
(126.3)
14
(105.4)
10
(72.0)
19
(135.8)
9
(63.3)
17
(98.0)
10
(57.6)
9
(50.0)
17
(91.9)
13
(70.7)
12
(65.3)
12
(62.7)
6
(30.7)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.2)
1
(7.1)
1
(7.0)
3
(17.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(21.6)
1
(5.4)
1
(5.4)
1
(5.2)
1
(5.1)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)210.0205.3201.4209.6250.6211.3173.4164.1144.8158.7161.8181.9183.5142.8

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Boone, NC

Crime rate in Boone detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 48 (36 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.84
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Boone, NC City Guides:

Ancestries: American (37.1%), English (7.8%), German (6.8%), Scotch-Irish (6.6%), Irish (6.1%), European (5.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 3266 feet

Land area: 5.84 square miles.

Population density: 3,289 people per square mile   (average).

Boone, North Carolina map

308 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.6%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,595 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,730 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (40.2 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (83.9 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (441.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Blowing Rock, NC (2.4 miles ),
Valle Crucis, NC (2.5 miles ),
Foscoe, NC (2.5 miles ),
Seven Devils, NC (3.0 miles),
Banner Elk, NC (3.4 miles ),
Beech Mountain, NC (3.5 miles ),
Sugar Mountain, NC (3.5 miles ),
Grandfather, NC (3.6 miles)

Latitude: 36.21 N, Longitude: 81.67 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Firefly Capital of the World

Daytime population change due to commuting: +10,133 (+53.6%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 5,066 (71.4%)

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Boone, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Boone, NC in 2017
Boone satellite photo by USGS

Boone tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 18 buildings, average cost: $85,300
  • 1998: 24 buildings, average cost: $121,100
  • 1999: 22 buildings, average cost: $156,800
  • 2000: 24 buildings, average cost: $181,600
  • 2001: 19 buildings, average cost: $164,100
  • 2002: 16 buildings, average cost: $165,300
  • 2003: 13 buildings, average cost: $163,500
  • 2004: 16 buildings, average cost: $177,900
  • 2005: 27 buildings, average cost: $171,300
  • 2006: 50 buildings, average cost: $241,900
  • 2007: 37 buildings, average cost: $237,300
  • 2008: 28 buildings, average cost: $264,200
  • 2009: 18 buildings, average cost: $227,000
  • 2010: 42 buildings, average cost: $270,600
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $297,500
  • 2012: 8 buildings, average cost: $409,500
  • 2013: 9 buildings, average cost: $273,600
  • 2014: 5 buildings, average cost: $507,600
  • 2015: 12 buildings, average cost: $311,600
  • 2016: 13 buildings, average cost: $265,000
  • 2017: 9 buildings, average cost: $256,500
Number of permits per 10,000 Boone, NC residents
Average permit cost in Boone, NC
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.0%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Historical population in Boone, NC
Historical housing units in Boone, NC

Population change in the 1990s: +398 (+3.0%).
Most common industries in Boone, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (27.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (21.9%)
  • Health care (4.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (3.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (3.6%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (25.1%)
  • Educational services (20.7%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.0%)
  • Construction (4.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (2.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (33.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (18.9%)
  • Health care (6.2%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (3.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.2%)
Most common occupations in Boone, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Waiters and waitresses (9.6%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.8%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.8%)
  • Cashiers (4.7%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (4.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (8.2%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (7.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.7%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (4.1%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Waiters and waitresses (12.2%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (7.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.1%)
  • Cashiers (5.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.3%)

Average climate in Boone, North Carolina

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Boone, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 56.9. This is better than average.

City:

56.9
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2016 was 0.0478. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0478
U.S.:

1.7894
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 26.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 20.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Tornado activity:

Boone-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 53% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 28.6 miles away from the Boone town center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 39.3 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:

Boone-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 186.3 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 168.3 miles away from Boone center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 131.4 miles away from Boone center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 67.6 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 69.8 miles away from Boone 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 69.3 miles away from Boone 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 (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 6, Hurricanes: 3, Landslides: 2, Mudslides: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Boone topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Boone:

  • APPALACHIAN DIST HEALTH DEPT HOSPICE (136 FURMAN RD 4)
  • WATAUGA MEDICAL CENTER (Government - Local, 336 DEERFIELD ROAD)
  • GLENBRIDGE HEALTH AND REHAB (211 MILTON BROWN HEIRS ROAD)
  • WATAUGA NURSING CARE CTR (538A ELIZABETH DR BOX 2150)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE WATAUGA COUNTY (337 DEERFIELD ROAD)
  • HIGH COUNTRY HCS (400 SHADOWLINE DR STE 100-B)
  • WATAUGA MEDICAL CENTER HOME HEALTH (155 FURMAN ROAD SUITE 201)

Airports and heliports located in Boone:

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College/University in Boone:

  • Appalachian State University (Full-time enrollment: 17,362; Location: Dougherty Administration Building; Public; Website: www.appstate.edu/; Offers Doctor's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Boone:

  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 27 miles; Hudson, NC; Full-time enrollment: 3,636)
  • Wilkes Community College (about 28 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; FT enrollment: 2,292)
  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 34 miles; Morganton, NC; FT enrollment: 2,205)
  • King University (about 38 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 40 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • Catawba Valley Community College (about 42 miles; Hickory, NC; FT enrollment: 3,785)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 46 miles; Blountville, TN; FT enrollment: 4,480)

Public high school in Boone:

  • WATAUGA HIGH (Location: 300 GO PIONEERS DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Boone:

Private elementary/middle school in Boone:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Boone: Daniel Boone Theater (A), Boone Golf Course (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Southgate Shopping Center (1), Boone Mall (2), Boone Heights Shopping Center (3), Watauga Village Shopping Center (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Boone: Greenway Baptist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Hartley Cemetery (1), Hayes Cemetery (2), Winkler Cemetery (3), Mount Lawn Cemetery (4), Edmisten Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Hodges Creek (A), East Fork South Fork New River (B), Boone Creek (C), Middle Fork South Fork New River (D), Winkler Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Boone include: Conrad Stadium (1), Watauga County Industrial Fields Complex (2), Junaluska City Park (3), Boone Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Fun 'n' Wheels Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 2788 Highway 105), Boone Bowling Center (Amusement & Theme Parks; 261 Boone Heights Drive), High Country Host (1700 Blowing Rock Road), Boone Convention & Visitors Bureau (208 Howard Street), Count Charles Christopher Adkins- Esq. (Tours & Charters; 247 Hardin Street).

Hotels: Appalachian Inkeepers & Janitorial Supply (3241 Nc Highway 105 South), Green's Motel (1377 Blowing Rock Road), Castle Hotel (205 Sampson Road), Fairfield Inn & Suites (2060 Blowing Rock Road), Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza (840 East King Street), Comfort Suites (1184 Highway 105), Comfort Suites Boone (1184 Sr 105), Hampton Inn Boone (1075 Highway 105), Elk Motel (2588 US Highway 321 South).

Court: North Carolina State Government - Judicial Branch of State Government- Clerk of Superior C (842 West King Street).

Birthplace of: Anthony Coffey - Artist, James Holshouser - Politician, Bob Matheson - Football player, Chris Austin (singer) - Country singer, John Hollar (American football) - Football player, Nathan Winkler - College basketball player (The Citadel Bulldogs), Sam Adams (golfer) - Professional golfer.

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

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

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIV WTP (Address: APPALACHIAN ST UNIVERSITY , Population served: 11,150, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between FEB-2014 and APR-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-28-2014), St Public Notif requested (AUG-15-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (AUG-15-2014), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-15-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between FEB-2014 and APR-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-28-2014), St Public Notif requested (AUG-15-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (AUG-15-2014), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-15-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (NOV-03-2008), St Public Notif requested (NOV-03-2008), St AO (w/penalty) issued (DEC-01-2008), St Public Notif received (JUN-11-2009)
  • 36 regular monitoring violations
FLINTLOCK CAMPGROUND (Population served: 300, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN CAMPGRD (Population served: 95, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
WESTERN WATAUGA COMMUNITY CENTER (Population served: 70, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
HONEYBEAR CAMPGROUND-SECT B/C (Population served: 62, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
HONEYBEAR CAMPGROUND SECT A (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
HEBRON COLONY (Population served: 36, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
BLOOMFIELD APARTMENTS (Population served: 31, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation

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

  • BOONE, TOWN OF (Population served: 16,406, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
  • COTTAGES OF BOONE (Address: CAPSTONE COLLEGIATE COMMUNITIES, LLC , Population served: 534, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • BRADFORD PARK (Population served: 380, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • KOA-CAMPGROUND (Population served: 352, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • BLUE RIDGE PRESERVATION INC (Population served: 150, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MOUNT VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • WILDFLOWER (WELL 2) (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • GRANDFATHER BUSINESS CENTER (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • FRONTIER VILLAGE I (WELL 1) (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • WILDFLOWER (WELL 1) (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.1 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

23.3%
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: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Boone in 2010:

  • 4,964 people in college/university student housing
  • 126 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 19 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 15 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 12 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 10 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Boone in 2000:

  • 4,683 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 100 people in nursing homes
  • 29 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 22 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 6 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

Banks with most branches in Boone (2011 data):

  • Yadkin Valley Bank and Trust Company: High Country Bank Branch, Downtown Boone Branch, Blowing Rock Road Branch. Info updated 2009/05/19: Bank assets: $1,991.0 mil, Deposits: $1,738.1 mil, headquarters in Elkin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 39 total offices, Holding Company: Yadkin Valley Financial Corporation
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Boone Highway 105 Branch at 2458 State Highway 105, branch established on 1997/06/16; Boone Main Branch at 971 Blowing Rock Road, branch established on 1987/09/24. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Mall Branch at 1168 Blowing Rock Road, branch established on 1992/08/03; Boone Branch at 671 West King Street, branch established on 1921/01/01. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Southside Branch at 958 Blowing Rock Road, branch established on 1968/08/26. 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
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Boone Branch at Blowing Rock Road & Shadowline Drive, branch established on 1973/07/18. 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.
  • Bank of North Carolina: Boone Branch at 2663 Highway 105 South, branch established on 2004/03/16. Info updated 2012/01/09: Bank assets: $2,453.6 mil, Deposits: $2,119.0 mil, headquarters in Thomasville, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 37 total offices, Holding Company: Bnc Bancorp
  • LifeStore Bank: Boone Branch at 1675 Blowing Rock Road, branch established on 1999/03/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $286.2 mil, Deposits: $212.4 mil, headquarters in West Jefferson, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 7 total offices
  • Great State Bank: Boone Branch at 189 Boone Heights Drive, branch established on 2007/08/30. Info updated 2011/10/04: Bank assets: $72.9 mil, Deposits: $64.2 mil, headquarters in Wilkesboro, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 2 total offices
  • Bank of America, National Association: Boone Main Branch at 1800 Blowing Rock Road, branch established on 1970/09/28. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • 4 other banks with 4 local branches

For population 15 years and over in Boone:

Marital status in Boone, NC
  • Never married: 79.6%
  • Now married: 12.2%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 2.9%
  • Divorced: 3.8%

For population 25 years and over in Boone:

  • High school or higher: 88.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 50.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 20.6%
  • Unemployed: 19.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.5
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Boone
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Boone, NC (based on Watauga County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
Here:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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

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
Watauga County:

17.54 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Watauga County:

7.1%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

23.1%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Watauga County:

11.3%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Boone:

47.4%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Boone:

50.1%
State:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Boone:

27.3
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Boone:

20.7%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

12.0%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Boone:

7.0
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Boone:

23.8%
State:

33.6%

General health condition:
Boone:

59.4%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

82.8%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Boone, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 47$172,457$44,0321$1,045
Police Protection - Officers 35$132,594$45,4610$0
Sewerage 21$62,479$35,7020$0
Other Government Administration 20$68,886$41,3320$0
Firefighters 18$61,919$41,2790$0
Water Supply 17$51,225$36,1590$0
Streets and Highways 11$34,425$37,5550$0
Financial Administration 7$25,426$43,5870$0
Police - Other 2$6,246$37,4760$0
Fire - Other 1$3,259$39,1080$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 179$618,916$41,4921$1,045

Boone government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $134,000 ($6.98)
  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $3,908,000 ($203.49)
    Police Protection: $3,635,000 ($189.27)
    General - Other: $3,101,000 ($161.47)
    Central Staff Services: $2,652,000 ($138.09)
    Sewerage: $2,100,000 ($109.35)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,863,000 ($97.01)
    Regular Highways: $1,772,000 ($92.27)
    Water Utilities: $1,687,000 ($87.84)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $683,000 ($35.56)
    Financial Administration: $564,000 ($29.37)
    Solid Waste Management: $350,000 ($18.22)
    General Public Buildings: $305,000 ($15.88)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $297,000 ($15.46)
    Health - Other: $67,000 ($3.49)
    Housing and Community Development: $64,000 ($3.33)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $77,000 ($4.01)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $17,000 ($0.89)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $2,369,000 ($123.35)
    Sewerage: $1,743,000 ($90.76)
    Water Utilities: $1,434,000 ($74.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $406,000 ($21.14)
    Police Protection: $196,000 ($10.21)
    Regular Highways: $85,000 ($4.43)
    Central Staff Services: $49,000 ($2.55)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $771,000 ($40.15)

Boone government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Parking Facilities: $912,000 ($47.49)
    Other: $317,000 ($16.51)
    Parks and Recreation: $46,000 ($2.40)
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Sewerage: $3,600,000 ($187.45)
    Water Utilities: $3,229,000 ($168.13)
    General Local Government Support: $268,000 ($13.95)
    Other: $36,000 ($1.87)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $302,000 ($15.73)
    Special Assessments: $223,000 ($11.61)
    Rents: $81,000 ($4.22)
    Donations From Private Sources: $59,000 ($3.07)
    Sale of Property: $2,000 ($0.10)
    Interest Earnings: $0 ($0.00)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $4,652,000 ($242.23)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,431,000 ($74.51)
    Highways: $442,000 ($23.01)
    Other: $157,000 ($8.17)
  • Tax - Property: $6,751,000 ($351.52)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,029,000 ($157.72)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $475,000 ($24.73)
    Other Selective Sales: $438,000 ($22.81)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $142,000 ($7.39)
    Motor Vehicle License: $60,000 ($3.12)
    Other License: $12,000 ($0.62)

Boone government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,920,000 ($99.97)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,280,000 ($66.65)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $640,000 ($33.32)

9.51% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($48,851 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.51%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Ashe County, NC  0.47% ($30,750 average AGI)
from Wake County, NC  0.46% ($49,944)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.41% ($91,734)


9.62% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($44,309 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.62%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.60% ($37,109 average AGI)
to Ashe County, NC  0.52% ($35,775)
to Wake County, NC  0.50% ($25,961)
Businesses in Boone, NC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts2Marriott1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Arby's1Maurices1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's1
Best Western1New Balance2
Blockbuster1Nike4
Burger King1Nissan1
CVS1Old Navy1
Chevrolet1Panera Bread1
Chick-Fil-A2Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Suites1Penske1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Domino's Pizza1RadioShack1
Dunkin Donuts2Rite Aid1
FedEx8Ruby Tuesday1
Ford1Rue211
GNC1SAS Shoes1
GameStop2Sears1
H&R Block2Sleep Inn1
Hardee's2Staples1
Hilton1Subaru1
Holiday Inn1Subway3
Honda1Super 81
JCPenney1T-Mobile1
Jimmy John's2T.J.Maxx1
Jones New York2Taco Bell1
KFC1Toyota1
Kincaid1U-Haul3
Kmart1UPS7
La Quinta1Vans1
La-Z-Boy1Walgreens1
Little Caesars Pizza1Walmart1
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Boone:

  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WATA (1450 AM; 1 kW; BOONE, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WKSK (580 AM; 5 kW; W.JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: CADDELL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, 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)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WPWT (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Boone:

  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WASU-FM (90.5 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WMMY (106.1 FM; JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: 106.1, INC.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • 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)
  • W215AZ (90.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • W298AJ (107.5 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W267AN (101.3 FM; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: TRIAD FAMILY NETWORK, INC.)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Boone:

  • W65DT (Channel 65; BOONE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WLNN-LP (Channel 24; BOONE, NC; Owner: SOUND MEDIA INC.)
  • W59AK (Channel 59; ZIONVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Boone fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 59Number of bridges
  • 322ft / 98.1mTotal length
  • $190,000Total costs
  • 305,375Total average daily traffic
  • 32,223Total average daily truck traffic
  • 598,330Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Boone, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 51940-1949
  • 61950-1959
  • 161960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 71980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 82000-2009
  • 62010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Boone, NC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Boone)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 32 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Boone, NC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 45 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 144 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Boone)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Boone)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 55 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 90. The highest number of fire incidents - 142 took place in 2007, and the least - 29 in 2003. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Boone, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (50.2%), and Outside Fires (34.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Boone, NC
    • 76550.2%Structure Fires
    • 52634.5%Outside Fires
    • 19412.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 382.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Boone, NC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Boone, North Carolina:

  • Baymont Inn & Suites, 1075 Hwy 105, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 264-0077, Fax: (828) 264-4600
  • Super 8 Motel, 2419 Hwy 105 S, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 264-4133, Fax: (828) 355-9918
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1943 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 264-2451, Fax: (828) 265-3861
  • Quality Inn & Suites University, 840 E King St, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 266-1100, Fax: (828) 266-1115
  • Country Inn And Suites Boone, 818 E King St, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 264-4100, Fax: (828) 266-4104
  • Sleep Inn Of Boone, 163 Hwy 105 Ext, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 262-0020, Fax: (828) 262-9818
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Of Boone, 165 Hwy 105 Ext, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 262-1234, Fax: (828) 262-1254
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2060 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607 , Phone: (828) 268-0677, Fax: (828) 268-0723
  • 2 other hotels and motels
All 10 fire-safe hotels and motels in Boone, North Carolina
Most common first names in Boone, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William9574.0 years
John9274.8 years
Mary9179.9 years
James8572.6 years
Robert6673.4 years
Margaret4878.0 years
Charles4772.7 years
Ruth4380.5 years
George4175.6 years
Thomas3674.8 years
Most common last names in Boone, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Greene12479.9 years
Miller9575.8 years
Brown8278.0 years
Norris7978.5 years
Hodges5976.7 years
Moretz5480.0 years
Smith4379.2 years
Cook4178.8 years
Coffey4077.2 years
Wilson4080.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Boone, NC
  • 40.6%Electricity
  • 30.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 14.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 12.3%Utility gas
  • 2.2%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Boone, NC
  • 84.9%Electricity
  • 4.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.9%Utility gas
  • 1.8%No fuel used
  • 0.6%Wood
  • 0.4%Other fuel


Boone compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median household income significantly below state average.
  • Median house value above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Boone on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: food preparation and serving related occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 10,000+"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: accommodation and food services (population 5,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the least people living the same house as 1 year ago (population 5,000+))"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest ratio of median house value to median household income"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: food preparation and serving related occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of family households, population 1,000+"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: office and administrative support occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: accommodation and food services (population 5,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of males (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 males in this group)"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities where the highest percentage of females (15+ years) which never married (with at least 1,000 females in this group)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 100 cities with strongest arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services industries (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 100 cities with smallest houses (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) (population 1,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of renters (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: community and social service occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Northern America (population 500+)"
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