Boone, NC

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Population

18,493

1.38% growth

Median Age

21.3


Median Household Income

$17,424

18.3% growth

Poverty Rate

58.4%


Number of Employees

7,326

2.29% growth

Median Property Value

$268,200

4.36% growth

About

In 2017, Boone, NC had a population of 18.5k people with a median age of 21.3 and a median household income of $17,424. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Boone, NC grew from 18,241 to 18,493, a 1.38% increase and its median household income grew from $14,725 to $17,424, a 18.3% increase.

The population of Boone, NC is 90.3% White Alone, 4.16% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.31% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Boone, NC speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Boone, NC are Appalachian State University (4,656 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Boone, NC is $268,200, and the homeownership rate is 21.7%. Most people in Boone, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 12.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Boone, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Boone, NC employs 7.33k people. The largest industries in Boone, NC are Accommodation & Food Services (1,860 people), Educational Services (1,781 people), and Retail Trade (1,183 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,566), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($40,208), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($40,188).

Median household income in Boone, NC is $17,424. Males in Boone, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Boone, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$17,424

2017 value

± $2,398

18.3%

1 Year Growth

± 17.7%

Households in Boone, NC have a median annual income of $17,424, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $14,725 in 2016, which represents a 18.3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Boone, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9207.03

  2. Census Tract 9206.02

  3. Census Tract 9206.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Boone, NC was Census Tract 9207.03 with a value of $60,266, followed by Census Tract 9206.02 and Census Tract 9206.01, with respective values of $46,695 and $21,964.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

58.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Boone, NC (7.72k out of 13.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,301 ± 690

  2. Hispanic

    410 ± 165

  3. Two Or More

    172 ± 153

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Boone, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.33k

2017 Value

± 725

2.29%

1 Year growth

± 13.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boone, NC grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 7.16k employees to 7.33k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Boone, NC, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,704 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,109 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (990 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Boone, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Boone, NC, by number of employees, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,704 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,109 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (990 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Boone, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (3.98 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.12 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Boone, NC, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($35,377), Education, Training, & Library Occupations ($33,239), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($29,408).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.33k

2017 Value

± 725

2.29%

1 Year growth

± 13.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Boone, NC grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 7.16k employees to 7.33k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Boone, NC, are Accommodation & Food Services (1,860 people), Educational Services (1,781 people), and Retail Trade (1,183 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Boone, NC, though some of these residents may live in Boone, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Boone, NC, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (1,860 people), Educational Services (1,781 people), and Retail Trade (1,183 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Boone, NC has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (3.34 times higher than expected), Educational Services (2.62 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.78 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Boone, NC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,566), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($40,208), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($40,188).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94% of the population of Boone, NC has health coverage, with 57.6% on employee plans, 6.53% on Medicaid, 4.41% on Medicare, 22.7% on non-group plans, and 2.87% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Boone, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Boone, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.95%

Uninsured

57.6%

Employer Coverage

6.53%

Medicaid

4.41%

Medicare

22.7%

Non-Group

2.87%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Boone, NC grew by 28.5% from 4.63% to 5.95%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Boone, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Boone, NC is home to a population of 18.5k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Boone, NC residents were born outside of the country (293 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Boone, NC is composed of 16.7k White Alone residents (90.3%), 770 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.16%), 428 Black or African American Alone residents (2.31%), 350 Two or More Races residents (1.89%), 172 Asian Alone residents (0.93%), 71 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.384%), 9 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0487%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Boone, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

21

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

22

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Boone, NC was 21.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 21, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 22. But people in Boone, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Boone, NC residents was 21.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    293 people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Boone, NC residents (293 people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Boone, NC was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Boone, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Boone, NC was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.7k ± 277

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    770 ± 218

  3. Black or African American Alone

    428 ± 181

In 2017, there were 21.7 times more White Alone residents (16.7k people) in Boone, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 770 Hispanic or Latino and 428 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Boone, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Boone, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Boone, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Boone, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    116 ± 99

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    39 ± 45

  3. World War II

    35 ± 32

Boone, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Boone, NC awarded 4,656 degrees. The student population of Boone, NC is skewed towards women, with 7,988 male students and 10,307 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Boone, NC are White (4,045 and 87.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (173 and 3.74%), Black or African American (135 and 2.92%), and Two or More Races (105 and 2.27%).

The largest universities in Boone, NC by number of degrees awarded are Appalachian State University (4,656 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Boone, NC are General Business Administration & Management (259 and 5.56%), General Psychology (250 and 5.37%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (231 and 4.96%).

The median tuition costs in Boone, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,159 and $18,675 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 189 degrees awarded

  2. 238 degrees awarded

  3. 201 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Boone, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 189 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Boone, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

4,656 degrees awarded

$4,159

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Boone, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Appalachian State University with 4,656 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,020

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,636

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,020 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Boone, NC, which is 0.766 times less than the 2,636 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,045 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    173 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    135 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Boone, NC were to White students. These 4,045 degrees mean that there were 23.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 173 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Boone, NC was $268,200 in 2017, which is 1.23 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $257,000 to $268,200, a 4.36% increase. The homeownership rate in Boone, NC is 21.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Boone, NC have an average commute time of 12.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Boone, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$17,424

Median Household Income

± $2,398

5.83k

Number of Households

± 562

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.83k households in Boone, NC grew to $17,424 from the previous year's value of $14,725.

The following chart displays the households in Boone, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$268,200

2017 Median

± $19,156

$257,000

2016 Median

± $25,848

In 2017, the median property value in Boone, NC grew to to $268,200 from the previous year's value of $257,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Boone, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boone, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Boone, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Boone, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

21.7%

2017 Homeownership

21.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 21.7% of the housing units in Boone, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 21.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Boone, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Boone, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Boone, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

12.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Boone, NC have a shorter commute time (12.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.31% of the workforce in Boone, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    61.7%

  2. Walked

    19.1%

  3. Public Transit

    6.85%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Boone, NC was Drove Alone (61.7%), followed by those who Walked (19.1%) and those who Public Transit (6.85%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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