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Boone, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Boone had a population of 19,878 as of July 1, 2020. 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 36.2168 and longitude -81.6746 in Watauga County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Boone 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Boone: Boon, Councills Store.


Boone, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 19,878 (100%)
Population in Households 14,357 (72.2%)
Population in Families 5,403 (27.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 5,521 (27.8%)
Population Density 3,151
Diversity Index2 23


Median Household Income $22,960
Average Household Income $44,165
% of Income for Mortgage4 51%
Per Capita Income $15,856
Wealth Index5 36


Total HU (Housing Units) 7,552 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,704 (35.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,061 (53.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 788 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $282,110
Average Home Value $303,517
Housing Affordability Index3 51


Total Households 6,764
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 1,935
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.46% 1.09%
Households 1.59% 1.47%
Families 3.63% 1.45%
Median Household Income   1.51%
Per Capita Income   1.42%
Owner Occupied HU   1.5%


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, 2020 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 # 51 93rd
Population Density # 4 100th
Median Household Income # 730 1st
Housing Affordability Index # 39 5th
Per Capita Income # 702 5th
Diversity Index # 614 17th

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