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Encyclopedia > Boone, North Carolina
Boone
Nickname: The Heart of the High Country
Coordinates: 36°12′41″N 81°40′07″W / 36.2113, -81.6686
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Watauga County
Founded 1872
Government
 - Mayor Loretta Clawson
Area
 - City  5.8 sq mi (15.1 km²)
 - Water  0 sq mi (0 km²)
Elevation  3,266 ft (995.5 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 13,472
Time zone Eastern Standard (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern Daylight (UTC-4)
Website: http://www.townofboone.com

Boone is a town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Boone is the county seat of Watauga County. The population was 13,472 as of the 2000 census. // A nickname is a name of a person or thing other than its proper name. ... Adapted from Wikipedias NC county maps by Seth Ilys. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... List of North Carolina counties: Alamance County Alexander County Alleghany County Anson County Ashe County Avery County Beaufort County Bertie County Bladen County Brunswick County Buncombe County Burke County Cabarrus County Caldwell County Camden County Carteret County Caswell County Catawba County Chatham County Cherokee County Chowan County Clay County Cleveland... Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... “Eastern Daylight Time” redirects here. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... “Eastern Daylight Time” redirects here. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Blue Ridge Mountains, Shining Rock Wilderness Area Appalachian Mountain system The Blue Ridge is a mountain chain in the eastern United States, part of the Appalachian Mountains, forming their eastern front from Georgia to Pennsylvania. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ...


Boone acquires its name from the famous pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone, who on several occasions camped at a site generally agreed to be within the present city limits. Boone was served by the narrow gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (nicknamed "Tweetsie") until the flood of 1940. This 1820 oil painting by Chester Harding is the only portrait of Daniel Boone made from life. ... Comparison of standard gauge (blue) and one common narrow gauge (red) width. ... The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC), affectionately called the Tweetsie in reference to the sound of its steam whistles, was a primarily narrow gauge railroad established in 1866 for the purpose of the serving the mines at Cranberry, North Carolina. ... Tweetsie Railroad is a family oriented railroad theme park located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. ...


Boone is the home of Appalachian State University, a constituent member of the University of North Carolina. Appalachian State is the fifth largest university in the sixteen campus system. Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute also operates a satellite campus in Boone. Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, North Carolina and the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system. ... The University of North Carolina is a sixteen-university system which comprises all public four-year universities in North Carolina, United States. ... Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is a public community college serving residents of Caldwell and Watauga counties in North Carolina. ...


"Horn in the West", a dramatization of the life and times of Daniel Boone, has been performed in an outdoor amphitheatre above the town every summer since 1952. The original "Daniel Boone" was Ned Austin, whose "Hollywood Star" stands on a pedestal on King Street downtown. Michael Houser, a founding member of and late lead-guitarist for the band Widespread Panic, was born in Boone. The Grammy award winning guitar player Doc Watson also comes from the Boone area, as do many bluegrass musicians and Appalachian storytellers. Horn in the West is an outdoor drama produced every summer since 1952 in Boone, North Carolina, about the life and times of Daniel Boone as he moved through the area in the mid-to-late 1700s. ... The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. ... Ned Payne Austin (born 1925) is a character actor and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. Austin was in several films, including Annie Hall and The Happy Ending, and some regional movies and industrial films, and he played the bridgemaster in Stephen Kings directorial debut, Maximum... Michael Houser (January 6, 1962 - August 10, 2002) was the lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic. ... Widespread Panic is a southern rock band from Athens, Georgia. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Doc Watson Merle Watson, c. ...

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Geography

Boone is located at 36°12′41″N, 81°40′7″W (36.211364, -81.668657)GR1 and has an elevation of 3,266 ft (995.5 m) above mean sea level. An earlier survey gave the elevation as 3,332 ft and since then it has been published as having an elevation of 3,333 ft (1,016 m). Boone has the highest elevation of any town of its size (over 10,000 population) east of the Mississippi River. As such, the climate of Boone is a cooler humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfb) closer to that of New England or the upper Midwest than the South. During summer, high temperatures in Boone are typically 80 °F (27 °C) or below, noticeably cooler than the lowland areas to the east and south, and summers are also considerably less humid than in other parts of the Carolinas. However, winters are longer, harsher, and colder, with frequent sleet and snowfall, and blizzard-like conditions are not unusual during the winter. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.1 km² (5.8 mi²). All of it is land, none of the area is covered by water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

Weather averages for Boone, North Carolina
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 38 (3) 41 (5) 50 (10) 58 (14) 66 (19) 73 (23) 76 (24) 75 (24) 70 (21) 60 (16) 51 (11) 42 (6) 58 (14)
Average low °F (°C) 21 (-6) 22 (-6) 30 (-1) 39 (4) 47 (8) 54 (12) 58 (14) 57 (14) 52 (11) 41 (5) 33 (1) 25 (-4) 40 (4)
Precipitation inch (cm) 4.5 (11.4) 4.8 (12.2) 6.1 (15.5) 5.4 (13.7) 6.1 (15.5) 5.7 (14.5) 5.8 (14.7) 5.6 (14.2) 5.8 (14.7) 5.4 (13.7) 5.6 (14.2) 4.4 (11.2) 65.3 (165.9)
Source: Weatherbase 2007

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 13,472 people, 4,374 households, and 1,237 families residing in the town. The population density was 890.7/km² (2,307.0/mi²). There were 4,748 housing units at an average density of 313.9/km² (813.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.98% White, 3.42% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.19% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The Hispanics in the United States or Hispanic American is an American citizen or resident of Hispanic ethnicity and can identify themselves as having Hispanic Cultural heritage. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,374 households out of which 9.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.0% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 71.7% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.63. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


The age distribution is 5.8% under the age of 18, 65.9% from 18 to 24, 12.1% from 25 to 44, 9.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. Both the overall age distribution and the median age are typical for communities dominated by a large university, here Appalachian State. For every 100 females there are 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.


The median household income is $20,541, and the median family income is $49,762. Males had a median income of $28,060 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income is $12,256. 37.0% of the population and 9.2% of families were below the poverty line. However, poverty statistics that are based on surveys of the entire population can be extremely misleading in communities dominated by students, such as Boone. Out of the total population, 6.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. These particular statistics are far less skewed by the overwhelming dominance of students in Boone's population. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Development Controversy

Since the 1980s, Boone has developed at an unprecedented rate, spurred by the expansion of Appalachian State University and an influx of people from New England and Florida who chose the area for a second home. Development continues within the city and the outlying rural areas, predominantly taking the form of urban sprawl; i.e. strip mall development and big box stores adjacent to major roadways. Development of the area is extremely controversial, and many Boone residents – including students, for whom much of the development is intended – feel that the ongoing urbanization of the valley detracts from the city's natural setting. Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, North Carolina and the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Urban sprawl (also: suburban sprawl) is the spreading out of a city and its suburbs over rural land at the fringe of an urban area. ... Example of a small strip mall. A strip mall (also called a plaza) is a shopping center where the stores are arranged in a row, with a sidewalk in front. ... Big box store is a colloquial term used to describe a retail store housed in a rectangular, one-floor building with a high ceiling. ...


There is no clear indication as to the future of Boone's development. Some signs indicate that the city is changing for the better – for example, the 2005 moratorium [1] that limited multi-family developments to 24 or fewer units. On the other hand, the city recently decided to widen King Street[2], a major thoroughfare through the historic downtown. The construction of a wider road will displace many local businesses that have existed for decades.


Points of interest

Appalachian State University is a public university located in Boone, North Carolina and the sixth largest institution in the University of North Carolina system. ... Blue Ridge Parkway route map The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. ... Daniel Boone Native Gardens (6 acres) are gardens located at 651 Horn In The West Drive, Boone, North Carolina. ... Horn in the West is an outdoor drama produced every summer since 1952 in Boone, North Carolina, about the life and times of Daniel Boone as he moved through the area in the mid-to-late 1700s. ... Experimental wind turbine on Howards Knob, 1978-1983 Howards Knob is the highest knoll overlooking Boone, North Carolina, the county seat of Watauga County, North Carolina, located in the mountainous northwestern part of the state. ... Tweetsie Railroad is a family oriented railroad theme park located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. ... The Watauga River rises in Watauga County, North Carolina, a mountainous county in western North Carolina along the Tennessee state line. ...

Also See

Banner Elk is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. ... Elizabethton is the county seat of Carter County, Tennessee. ... Roan Mountain is a census-designated place located in Carter County, Tennessee. ... // Roan Mountain State Park is located in Northeast Tennessee along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. ...

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