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Boone, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Boone had a population of 18,684 as of July 1, 2017. Boone ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Boone is located at latitude 36.2128 and longitude -81.6689 in Watauga County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Boone (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Watauga County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3,218 feet.

The Town of Boone (GNIS ID: 2405303) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Boone is located within Township of Boone, a minor civil division (MCD) of Watauga County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Boone population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Boone: Boon, Councills Store.

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Boone, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 18,684
Daytime Population: Workers 16,403
Daytime Population: Residents 10,418
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 26,821
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.44
Population in Households 13,334
Population in Familes 4,977
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,350
Population Density2 3,012
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $21,546
Average Household Income $40,418
Per Capita Income $15,933


Total Housing Units 7,029 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,716 (24.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,544 (64.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 769 (10.9%)
Median Home Value $268,362
Average Home Value $303,395


Total Households 6,260
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 1,780
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.21% 0.75%
Households 1.17% 0.97%
Families 3.97% 0.93%
Median Household Income   1.71%
Per Capita Income   3.24%

Boone, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Boone to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 50 93rd
Population Density # 4 100th
Diversity Index # 608 18th
Median Household Income # 729 1st
Per Capita Income # 684 8th

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