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Blowing Rock, NC
Blowing Rock is a town located in North Carolina, situated in both Caldwell and Watauga counties. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,418.
Blowing Rock is located at 36°7'47" North, 81°40'21" West (36.129663, -81.672566)GR1, in the Blue Ridge mountain range.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.8 km˛ (3.0 mi˛).
7.7 km˛ (3.0 mi˛) of it is land and
0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛), or 1.00% of total area, is water.
The town's elevation of 3500-3600 feet above sea level results in a substantially cooler summer temperatures compared to nearby locations below it (typically in the 70s with cool nights), and chilly winters with frequent snowfalls from December through April. Ice storms are possible in the cooler months. Springtime is cool and generally pleasant.
Rainfall is moderate; thunderstorms are occasional, and rarely severe. As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,418 people, 663 households, and 387 families residing in the town. The population density was 184.3/km˛ (477.9/mi˛). There were 1,524 housing units at an average density of 198.1/km˛ (513.6/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town was 97.95% White, 0.35% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 663 households, of which
16.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them,
52.3% were married couples living together,
4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and
41.5% were non-families.
35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03 persons and the average family size was 2.59.
The population consists of
15.0% under the age of 18,
4.9% from 18 to 24,
20.0% from 25 to 44,
34.1% from 45 to 64, and
26.0% 65 years or older.
The median age is 51 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $54,271, and the median income for a family was $66,979. Males had a median income of $45,417 compared to $27,361 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,294. 9.1% of the population and 2.9% of families were below the poverty line. 16.1% of those under the age of 18 and 6.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
The town of Blowing Rock dates from the last years of the nineteenth century and began as a resort destination, largely for those seeking cool relief from summer heat. The Town is home to the Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park which features steam railway equipment originally used on the legendary narrow gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) which was a favorite route for excursionists during the early 20th Century.
Two churches are of architectural note, St. Mary's of the Hills Episcopal Church, and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church.
The town has a vibrant economy based in part on tourism. A small, quaint downtown area is characterized by numerous shops of varying types, a pleasant public park, and diverse restaurants. The mountainous terrain provides scenic views with long-range vistas from several locations around town, including the Blowing Rock itself.
Most essential services are available in Blowing Rock, in Boone, North Carolina, approximately eight miles away, or elsewhere in the county.
The town is served by U.S. Highways 221 and 321. For other transportation facilities, consult Boone, North Carolina and Watauga County, North Carolina.
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