Boone is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 18,156 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Boone is the 51st largest community in North Carolina.
Boone real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Boone house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Boone is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Boone is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Boone who work in food service (25.73%), office and administrative support (16.33%), and sales jobs (14.65%).
Boone is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Boone to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.29 minutes getting to work every day.
For a small town, Boone has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Boone exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
Boone is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.13% of adults in Boone have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Boone in 2010 was $12,669, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $50,676 for a family of four. Boone also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 62.50% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Boone home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Boone residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Boone include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Boone is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.