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%

Boone Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    114
    0
  • Murder
    5
    0
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    5
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    375
    1
  • Theft
    1,386
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    71
    0

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%
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Boone is a very friendly southern town, with a lot of small business and environmental-friendly ventures. The town is built around the college, Appalachian State University, and students and locals work hard to keep tensions low. The town is incredibly safe, and there are many opportunities for recreation, especially outdoor recreational activities such as hiking and biking. The town is situated high in the Appalachian Mountains, and it experiences all four seasons. There is a local colloquialism - if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. It is one of the few places in North Carolina and the U.S. in general that experiences a climate similar to that found in the mountain ranges of Canada. The cost of living is high, since the town relies on its revenue from the college, but the scenery of the area is breathtaking.
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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.
Boone is one of my favourite places in the world. The first thing anyone will notice about it is the beautiful mountain environment surrounding the small town. There are countless places to visit and explore in the mountains, and the views of the mountains from Boone are great. The town itself is a neat little place; the main street - King Street - is full of interesting shops and places to eat. Appalachian State University's campus takes up a large portion of the town, but it's campus is welcome for people to visit and walk around on. On the other side of the campus there are plenty of places to shop and eat before leaving the city limits. I absolutely love Boone.