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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$266,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$823
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    81%
  • Own
    19%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    114
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    5
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    375
    525
  • Theft
    1,386
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    71
    263

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$13,149
National
$53,889
Children
3%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges

Boone Reviews

63 reviews
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Boone, from wondrous forests with rustling leaves to lush rolling hills, adventure, is waiting; in the vast, natural trails. A quick ride to the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall foilage and adventurous ski slopes are waiting. Boone is a beautiful expedition, hidden, lurking across a mountain chain, yet Blowing Rock is only 20 minutes away. However, in all my travels Boone is the only other place, besides home, where I feel completely comfortable. Boone is the sacred place where life is flawless, my family surrounds me, sickness seems to disappear, disappointment never occurs, and at that moment, time appears to freeze in perfection- true blessedness.
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The enviroment is beautiful, and the free public transit is a godsend that I could not live without. However, the housing is extremely expensive due to the influx of students demanding luxury housing which makes it hard to find low-income housing in town for those who cannot afford 600+ dollars in rent per month. There are wonderful food bank programs so it is nice to never worry about going hungry. The town itself is extremely safe. I have never felt endangered, even walking at night.
Boone is such a lovely place to live. The weather is beautiful, the residents are nice, the shop owners are helpful, and the scenery is the absolute best. I would recommend living here!