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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Boone, North_Carolina

Boone, Heart of the High Country, is  located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. United States. The population of this town named for Daniel Boone was 17,122 in 2010. A college town, Boone is the home of Appalachian State University. The highlight of the summer season is an outdoor amphitheatre portrayal of the life and times of its namesake in "Home in the West".  Photo of downtown courtesy of Wikipedia and originally from Flickr and Jeremy Mikkola.

Where to Retire in Boone and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Boone (see link at top left).
The median home value was $422,394, in early 2022, according to

What Is Special about Boone

When entering the town you get the feeling that it is growing and vital. Storefronts are occupied. Students and visitors are in the streets. There is plenty of parking and most seem to be filled. Many locally owned restaurants and shops are available. There's a farmer market every Saturday. There's also a Daniel Boone Days yearly festival with music, food, and storytelling. The 3 mile Greenway Trail is a popular local attraction. Appalachian State University makes the town fun and lively.

What Is Not Special about Boone

The small, homey rural feel isn't for everyone. On a recent visit traffic was terrible. There appear to only be 2 roads in and out of town and in the late afternoon both were overwhelmed.

Climate and Physical Environment

Boone has chilly-to-mild winters and very warm-to-hot summers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Boone has a lot going on culturally, and much of that comes from Appalachian U. The University Forum Lecture Series brings interesting speakers to Boone. Its Institute for Learning offers classes and lectures.  The County Library is a popular spot with many selections. And the Main Street offers a choice of interesting shops and restaurants, plus some theatres.


Crime is a little over half the national average.

Medical Facilities

Watauga Medical Center and Blowing Rock Hospital


Boone Inc.  Airport;  Boone is above average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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