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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Boone County is located in Missouri with a population of 174,589. Boone County is one of the best places to live in Missouri. Living in Boone County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Boone County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Boone County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Boone County are highly rated.
Population
174,589

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$177,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$826
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Boone County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    289.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    86.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    88.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    394.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,197.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    202.7
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

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Boone County Reviews

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Boone is a great place if you're a college student - plenty of places to hang out, shop, and eat. Especially if you're on ASU's campus. Off campus, however, a drastic change happens. There isn't a lot to do off campus without commuting 45 minutes to another town. The schools in Boone are high quality because ASU is a premier teaching college, and many of the teachers at the surrounding public schools have degrees from ASU. Crime is very low, so it is a very safe environment, and, therefore, family friendly. Because it is a college town that also thrives on tourism, however, the cost of living is incredibly high. While Boone is both a college and tourist town, the local culture is a blend of the traditional South and mountain cultures, so diversity can be hard to come by. ASU offers the most diversity to be found within the town, and most diverse organizations on campus are open to the public. The town of Boone and ASU, which is at the heart of Boone, work very well together.
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There is a lot to do here in Columbia! We have over 150 restaurants, a lot of great bars, multiple music venues, four college campuses, four dog parks, lots of resources to help families and also have a lot fo great places to enjoy the outdoors!
Alot of newer, more modern looking buildings, wide variety of shopping, businesses kept looking nice