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Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga County, in the Boone metro area. (The community straddles Watauga and Caldwell counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

The community was named for a cliff over the Johns River Gorge; a strong updraft was said to blow back items dropped from the cliff.

The latitude of Blowing Rock is 36.135N. The longitude is -81.677W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,566 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,434.


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Median household income
Local
$54,271
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Blowing Rock demographic reports
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "The Green Mile"
· 1973 movie, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle"
Well-known residents have included:
· Tom Robbins, author
· Jan Karon, writer
Local festivals include:
  • Winterfest - Jan. 25-28, 2007
  • Mitford Days - Sept. 12-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Blowing Rock web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Pisgah National Forest, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Blowing Rock attractions: Tweetsie Railroad
Historic sites and museums: Appalachian Heritage Museum, Native American Artifacts Museum

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Ancestry & family history

18% of Blowing Rock residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Blowing Rock ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Blowing Rock was $34,294, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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47% of Blowing Rock residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Blowing Rock include Vardell Family Cottages Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Blowing Rock, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $542.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,341.


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Watauga County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Blowing Rock political report.

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The average commute time for Blowing Rock workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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