BOOnE At A GLAnCE
Geographic Region: Mountain
Elevation: 3,177 feet
Winter: 42/41 Spring: 59/47
Summer: 75/55 Fall: 61/34
Avg. Precipitation: 62. 4 inches/year
Median Resident Age: 24
Median Household Income: $23,662
Median Home Value: $185,000
Hospital: Watauga Medical Center
Airport: Asheville Regional Airport
(approx. 2 hours away)
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
The city has a public school system
that is consistently ranked for excellence. Boone is the home of Appalachian
State University, which has a full-time
enrollment of 12,245, is a constituent
member of the University of North
Carolina system and is the fifth-largest
university in the 16-campus system.
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute also operates a satellite
campus in Boone.
The hospital and medical center in
Boone is the Watauga Medical Center.
Other nearby facilities are the Blowing Rock Hospital, about five miles
away; the Cannon Memorial Hospital,
about 17 miles distant; and the Johnson
County Health Center, about 20 miles
away in Mountain City, TN.
Appalachian State University’s wide-ranging Renewable Energy Initiative began over a decade ago, with the founding
of the Sustainable Energy Society. It expanded in 2004 when students approved
a green fee of $5 per student to fund
renewable energy projects. The fee
raises around $150,000 per year and
has been used to match other grants.
On-campus projects have included a
biodiesel station, a set of solar photovoltaic panels, an affordable bio-shelter
project and a feasibility study for small
Appalachian State University has an
Energy Policy Working Group, with an
ongoing program to ensure a sustainable energy future by developing an
overall energy policy for the entire state.