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Boone, North Carolina
Boone is a town located in the northern mountains of North Carolina and in Watauga County, North Carolina, for which it is the county seat and market town. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 13,472.
Boone acquires its name from Daniel Boone, who on several occasions camped at a site generally agreed to be within the present city limits.
Boone is the site of the Appalachian State University (ASU), a branch of the state university system.
"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. The guitar player Doc Watson also comes from the Boone area, as do many bluegrass musicians and Appalachian storytellers.
Boone is located at 36°12'41" North, 81°40'7" West (36.211364, -81.668657)1.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 13,472 people, 4,374 households, and 1,237 families residing in the town. The population density is 890.7/km² (2,307.0/mi²). There are 4,748 housing units at an average density of 313.9/km² (813.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 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 are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 4,374 households out of which 9.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.0% are married couples living together, 5.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 71.7% are non-families. 38.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.97 and the average family size is 2.63.
In the town the population is spread out with 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 21 years. For every 100 females there are 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $20,541, and the median income for a family is $49,762. Males have a median income of $28,060 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town is $12,256. 37.0% of the population and 9.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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