B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$292,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$995
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    93
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    464
    1
  • Theft
    2,226
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,222
National
$53,889
Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    40%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Banner Elk Reviews

3 reviews
This is a very small area with a small town environment surrounded by mountains with tons of recreational activities availible. There are two Mountains within 15 minutes of the small town both with Ski Resorts and great placse to Ski, Snowboard, tube, and ice skate. There are also many placse to hike, a zipline and many small town restaurants and inns to really give the town a small family feel. For some it may be too small and the weather might not be suitable for those that do not love the cold and snow.
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Beautiful Appalachian town with lots of friendly people. Weather is cold though, but all the better for ski season. Tourists come with the seasons.
Banner Elk is a quaint town with restaurants, ski slopes, and wineries. People are friendly in this small college town.