Boone, NC

Boone, situated in Watauga County, is a small town made up of 6.07 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Boone, NC

June 26, 2018

The Town of Boone, named after Daniel Boone, is the county seat of Watauga County. Boone is also home to Appalachian State University, and has hosted Horn in the West. Horn in the west is an outdoor amphitheatre drama based on the white settlement of the area during the American Revolutionary War.

The narrow gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad served Boone until the flood of 1940.

The Town of Boone was incorporated in 1872.


The median resident age in Boone is 22 years. The median estimated household income is about $14,000 making it about $31,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $12,000. The average price for a home in Boone is about $280,000 (2013) which is $125,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $840 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Boone is 85% White, 4% Black, 6% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic, 1% American Indian, and 1% Asian. 93% of the population are high school graduates, with 49% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 11% are married, 5% are divorced, 2% are widowed, leaving 82% that have never been married.

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Watauga County

Boone belongs to Watauga County in the north-western part of North Carolina. The county, named after the Watauga River, was formed from parts of Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell, and Yancey counties in 1849. Watauga County has a population of 51,000 its largest city Boone, with a population of 17,000, is the county seat. The county makes up part of the Boone, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Watauga County borders Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell, Avery, and Johnson (Tennessee) counties.

Watauga County is made up of 312 square miles; nearly all 312 square miles are land.


The Population of Boone, NC is about 17,100.


The elevation of Boone, NC is 3,333 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Boone, NC are 28607-28608.

Area Code

The area code for Boone, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Boone and Watauga County have voted mostly Republican, with 50% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections; except in 2008 when they voted Democrat.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 39% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 2%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Boone is about 4% (2015), making it less than the state average of around 5%. Accomodation/food and education make up more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

High Country Press and Mountain Times Publications are the primary newspapers that cover the Watauga County area.