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Don't Move to Boone, NC

Why a certain North Carolina town may be ideal for tourists and college students. But not for moving and living there all-year round.

By Matthew SposatoPublished 3 months ago 5 min read
Don't Move to Boone, NC
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The historic North Carolina town of Boone, founded in 1850, was named after the famous American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone. And it's also the home of Appalachian State University or ASU. Due to the ever increasing number of students applying for the school every year. The town of Boone has become mainly a college town. With a fair number of apartment housing units and employment opportunities for students needing income to cover their education. Appalachian State is also famous for it's sports program. Such as the ASU Mountaineers college football team on ESPN. A small handful of big city conveniences that can be found within the county side. With many things that tourists can also enjoy. Including restaurants, shops, live sporting events, etc... Of course Boone also offers health care for when needed. From dentist offices to a fully staffed hospital.

As nice as the town of Boone, NC sounds. The increasing number of low income apartment buildings may sound like a good place for a fresh start for independent life. Move into a new pad out your parents basement or something. Get a fairly decent job that pays well. Meet some new people and buy a nice car with your hard earned money. Maybe jump start a dream life as soon as you're able to afford a bigger place with an even better job later on. With the number of opportunities that Boone has to offer. It might be considered a fun place to visit if your a tourist. But living there isn't highly recommended. So if you're a high school senior getting ready to apply for schools. Now might be the time to think about enrolling to Appalachian State extra carefully.

In recent years, the town of Boone, NC has changed from a fairly decent community to a cesspool of greed. Before then the only thing full time residents had to worry about was the late night noise pollution was college students throwing parties. But that was mostly done within the campus grounds. Most other areas in Boone have free parking spaces. Such as grocery stores, Wal-Mart, and even the Regal movie theater. But the downtown area of Boone is a different matter completely. There are parking meters in almost every street. Both students and locals have to keep paying for a place to park their vehicles or else end up with a parking ticket or get a tire booted. The politicians in charge of Boone, NC seem to only care about increasing the number in their bank accounts. And not about nurturing the futures of the college students. They could do something about the needlessly expensive downtown parking fees if they wanted to. Sure there is much to do in terms of creating the legal documents required to make such changes. Such as removing the parking meters completely. Or at the very least lower the price of parking bit by bit. College students need to use their money mainly to cover their tuition. Along with paying their rent, food, and other expenses. College life is expensive enough as is.

Just because there is an increasing number of affordable apartment housing units in Boone, NC. But it seems to be mainly reserved only for college students and little else. Not all people moving to Boone are aiming to be students at Appalachian State. Even if that person in question does have more than enough money to cover rent and basic expenses for at least a few months while searching for a job. It's as if the real estate offices in Boone are actually discriminating against non-students. Not everyone can afford college, let alone a university like Appalachian State. More than half the time it's the student who gets the apartment because his/her parents have more than enough cash to burn. While the non-student who needs the apartment even more still ends up stuck living with their parents. If your serious about moving to Boone. You might be better off using all of your hard earned money to buy a small one bed camper trailer or something. Which seems far more realistic than renting an apartment in Boone, North Carolina. Otherwise, you might be better off doing online school while living with your parents. Or applying for a school that's much closer to home.

If the ever expensive downtown parking or limited real estate options isn't enough to discourage you from moving to Boone. Then the slowly raising crime rate might do it. Of course the crime rate in Boone isn't big enough to discourage tourism. Police officers in Boone mostly tend with under-aged drinking with college students from time to time. But there are other illegal activities occurring underneath the bright cheery surface in the town of Boone. Such as drug dealers selling narcotics to anyone they can. And they naturally draw in people struggling with their mental health. It really doesn't matter if the person in question is a college student or a lifelong local. There are even reported cases by the authorities of severely depressed individuals who have died from overdose. Drug dealers don't really care about the well being of other people. Or who they hurt in their dealings. The only care about making money off of other people's pain and suffering. Taking advantage of someone's friend or most beloved family member. Makes one wonder how long it might be until Boone, NC turns into a real life version of Gotham city?

Here is something to think about. Boone might be considered a top tourist destination in the state of North Carolina. But do you really want to consider living there? There might come a time when the historic town of Boone will become a safe and friendly place to live once more. But it's at a rate where it might turn into an empty ghost town. Until then, you might be better off crossing it off your list of affordable places to move to. Or rethink about your college applications.

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Matthew Sposato

Hobbyist writer and aspiring author.

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