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I really like living in Boone, because it's a lively little town. I never run out of things to do, and it's small enough you can easily walk to many of the stores along Blowing Rock Rd and King Street. It's touristy in some areas, but not overcrowded with kitschy stores or tourists. Sometimes I wish there was more free public parking, but that's pretty much it. I love living in Boone, and the surrounding area is beautiful!
We just moved to Boone 6 months ago. We moved from FL because the crime and pollution was horrible. Boone is amazing. The air is fresh and clean, the view at any point in time is amazing, and the people actually CARE about taking care if themselves and their property, and about helping others. Jobs are very hard to find unless you're in the medical field - then you have a lot of jobs to choose from. The elementary schools for non-college kids are small and wonderful. Middle schoolers go to the elementary school (they're all in one) because there are so few children here) and all the high schoolers go to Watauga High (fantastic school as well). The only complaint I would have if I had to complain, is that they could use more fun places to go at night. All the restaurants are usually packed tight here, especially on King Street, but really, the area is so amazing, I'm happy to just stay home and look at the view from my balcony. I know one thing, I will NEVER move back to Florida.
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.