Boone, North Carolina

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Boone, North Carolina

Introduction to Laurinburg, North Carolina

Laurinburg, North Carolina, in Scotland county, is 38 miles SW of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center) and 83 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina.About 15,874 people live in Laurinburg.

Laurinburg History

The present day city of Laurinburg was first settled in 1785. It was named after the McLaurin family, the area's prominent settlers. Originally, it was spelled Laurinburgh but, eventually, the letter h was dropped from the name. The area's first private school was established in 1852 and was known as Laurinburgh High School. The Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherfordton Railroad first entered the city in 1861. Laurinburg was incorporated in 1877 and became the county seat, of the newly formed Scotland County, in 1899.

Laurinburg and nearby Attractions

  • Historic John Blue House and Cotton Gin
  • Scottish Heritage Center
  • Indian Museum of the Carolinas
  • Raeford Hoke Museum
  • Marlboro County Historical Museum
  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Laurinburg

Laurinburg is home to the Indian Museum of the Carolinas. You can also visit the Historic John Blue House and Cotton Gin and Marlboro County Historical Museum. The Ellicott Rock Wilderness, which is only few minutes from the city, offers facilities for camping, hiking, and fishing. You can enjoy shopping at the Westwood Shopping Center. The Cheraw State Recreation Area and Lumber River State Park are also worth visiting.

Laurinburg Transportation

Air transportation is available from Moore County Airport.

Laurinburg Higher Education

St Andrews Presbyterian College is the local college. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Francis Marion University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and several other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.

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High Points

Boone strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Boone Short Commute Times
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Boone Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% Boone College Educated Adults
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Boone Walking and Biking to Work
Low Violent Crime
(vs. State)
Top 18% Boone Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 19% Boone Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Boone, North Carolina

Comparing Boone to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Racial Diversity 5 3
Well-Paid Single Women 4 6
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Well-Paid Single Men 2 3
Senior Citizens 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 1
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 6 8
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 4
Affordability of Rents 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 7 9
Low Property Crime 6 9

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Boone Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles E of Johnson City, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Watauga
Standard Zip Codes 28607
Company Zip Codes 28608
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.216
Longitude -81.674

Boone Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BOONE 1 SE
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 76 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 36 to 51 F
Jul Temp 57 to 69 F
Oct Temp 40 to 54 F
Annual Precip 62.7 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 56.7 inches
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Boone Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,472 100%
Male 6,586 48.9%
Female 6,886 51.1%
Under 18 785 5.8%
18+ 12,687 94.2%
65+ 950 7.1%
Median Age 21.4
Average Family Size 2.63
White 12,661 94%
African-American 461 3.4%
Asian 160 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 40 0.3%
Other 62 0.5%
Mixed Race 81 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 221 1.6%

Estimated Boone Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,192
Growth -280
Growth % -2.1%

Boone Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 14.4%
English 12.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
US/American 11.6%
Scotch-Irish 9.8%
Irish 9%
Scottish 6.6%
Italian 6.1%
European 3.7%
Polish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
British 1.4%
Swedish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Greek 1.1%
Welsh 1%
Norwegian 0.8%
Canadian 0.4%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.4%
Israeli 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
African 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Boone, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Adams (28607)
Deerfield (28607)
Grandview Heights (28607)
Hillcrest (28607)
Hodges Gap (28607)
Laxon (28607)
Meat Camp (28607)
Perkinsville (28607)
Rutherwood (28607)
Sands (28607)
Shulls Mills (28607)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Boone 13,472 $49,762
Banner Elk 811 $41,964
Beech Mountain 310 $52,813
Blowing Rock 1,418 $66,979
Newland 704 $33,875
Seven Devils 129 $62,813
West Jefferson 1,081 $35,000

Boone Hospitals

(Government - Local)
PO BOX 2600
(828) 262-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Boone

(As of 2006)
200 Watauga Village Drive
(828) 262-0254
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1. Bloomington, Indiana 91.6   39% 7.9% 54.8% 16 $50,054 4.1% 13% 69,291 29.6% 36 0.6% 2.1
2. State College, Pennsylvania 88   33.4% 5.8% 69.2% 15 $54,949 1.8% 15.7% 38,420 46.9% 24.9 0.7% 1.3
3. Clarion, Pennsylvania 86.3   38.6% 10.2% 32.4% 14 $40,208 2.6% 5.4% 6,185 41.2% 15.7 1.4% 0.7
4. Menomonie, Wisconsin 85.1   32.9% 11.3% 29.1% 17 $44,458 4.5% 6.2% 14,937 23.5% 31.6 0.6% 0.9
5. Boulder, Colorado 84.5   33.8% 7.8% 66.9% 20 $70,257 4.1% 11.7% 94,673 17.4% 40 0.6% 1.7
6. Canton, New York 83.8   37.8% 11.7% 44.6% 16 $59,211 3% 8.2% 5,882 15.6% 26.5 0.6% 1.7
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