Blowing Rock North Carolina

Blowing Rock: A High Country Haven

Situated less than 10 miles from Boone, Blowing Rock is a quaint and quiet mountain town that’s right out of a Hollywood movie. Blowing Rock’s small town “main street” feel, great restaurants, upscale shops and family atmosphere make it one of the most popular mountain destinations in the United States – and for good reason.

From the Blowing Rock itself to a host of parks and attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the town of Blowing Rock is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire country. If it’s outdoors, it’s there to do in Blowing Rock. Trout fishing, hiking, and horse riding are daily activities for Blowing Rock residents who have the whole of the HIgh Country in close proximity.

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Much like next door neighbor Boone, life in BLowing Rock is laid-back, yet feels a bit cozier. The small-town vibe here is supremely comfortable and energizing all at the same time. As with Boone, if it’s a mountain lifestyle you want, there’s a place of your own for every budget. From quaint downtown homes to luxury mountain castles and plenty of land for building your dream home, there’s a place for you in Blowing Rock.

Blowing Rock is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 1,292 people and just one neighborhood, Blowing Rock is the 373rd largest community in North Carolina.

Blowing Rock home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina but Blowing Rock real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

*Data and info sourced from NeighborhoodScout.

Blowing Rock is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.14% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Blowing Rock is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Blowing Rock who work in sales jobs (19.50%), management occupations (15.56%), and business and financial occupations (11.41%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.66% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

*Data and info sourced from NeighborhoodScout.

Another notable thing is that Blowing Rock is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Blowing Rock has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Blowing Rock a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Blowing Rock spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.10 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Blowing Rock is a small town, and as such doesn’t have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

*Data and info sourced from NeighborhoodScout.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Blowing Rock. 58.11% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Blowing Rock in 2010 was $38,787, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $155,148 for a family of four. However, Blowing Rock contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Blowing Rock home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Blowing Rock residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Blowing Rock include German, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Blowing Rock is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and African languages.

*Data and info sourced from NeighborhoodScout.

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Homes for Sale in Blowing Rock NC

  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • None
  • MLS #: 215934
  • Caldwell County
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • MLS #: 201936
  • Watauga County
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Built in 2007
  • MLS #: 214127
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bath
  • 6,605 SqFt
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Built in 1974
  • MLS #: 215534
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bath
  • 2,150 SqFt
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Peacock Ridge
  • MLS #: 215854
  • Watauga County
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Built in 1947
  • MLS #: 215796
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bath
  • 3,840 SqFt
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Built in 1964
  • MLS #: 209344
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bath
  • 3,430 SqFt
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Built in 1962
  • MLS #: 215479
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bath
  • 2,325 SqFt
  • Located in Blowing Rock
  • Built in 2002
  • MLS #: 194390
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bath
  • 6,230 SqFt

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Blowing Rock School Info

Elementary Schools
Blowing Rock Elementary
165 Morris St, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Type: public
Grade Range: PK-8
Enrollment: 348
Great Schools Rating: 9 out of 10
Parent Rating: 3 out of 5
Grace Academy
247 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC 28607
Type: private
Grade Range: K-12
Middle Schools
Blowing Rock Elementary
165 Morris St, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Type: public
Grade Range: PK-8
Enrollment: 348
Great Schools Rating: 9 out of 10
Parent Rating: 3 out of 5
Grace Academy
247 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC 28607
Type: private
Grade Range: K-12
High Schools
Grace Academy
247 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC 28607
Type: private
Grade Range: K-12
Watauga High
300 Go Pioneers Dr, Boone, NC 28607
Type: public
Grade Range: 9-12
Enrollment: 1351
Great Schools Rating: 5 out of 10
Parent Rating: 4 out of 5