Boone is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 19,562 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 93.45% 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 (23.26%), sales jobs (15.14%), and office and administrative support (13.51%).
Boone is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Boone to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Boone, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of 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 14.62 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.
If knowledge is power, Boone is a pretty powerful place. 50.75% of the adults in Boone have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Boone in 2010 was $13,927, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,708 for a family of four. However, Boone contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Boone also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 58.38% 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Boone is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.