Boone : North carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Boone

Boone, Heart of the High Country, is  located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina.  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 right).
Median sale price of a home was about $220,000 in late 2014, according to 


What is special about Boone

There are lots of locally owned restaurants and shops here. 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.

What is not special about Boone

The small, homey rural feel isn't for everyone.

Who will like retirement in Boone

Those who like living amidst history, mountains, and a college crowd retire to Boone.

Local economy is driven by

The college and tourism are a big part of the local economy.  Samaritan's Purse, an international christian humanitarian organization run by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, is headquarted in Boone.


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.


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.


Valuable Links

Boone on Wikipedia


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