Wilkes County NC Information


Wilkes County Subdivisions

Wilkes County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 70,554
Population in Households 69,635
Population in Familes 57,757
Population in Group Qrtrs 919
Population Density1 94
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 28,976
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 19,956
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 34,076 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,985 (61.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,991 (23.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,100 (15.0%)
Median Home Value $100,179
Average Home Value $126,189


Median Household Income $35,045
Average Household Income $49,242
Per Capita Income $20,250
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.33% 0.4%
Households 0.41% 0.42%
Families 0.26% 0.33%
Median Household Income   3.02%
Per Capita Income   2.73%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Wilkes County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wilkes County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 37 64th
Population Density1 # 60 41st
Diversity Index2 # 82 19th
Median Household Income # 79 22nd
Per Capita Income # 65 36th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.