Wilkes County NC Information


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, 2014 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 # 59 42nd
Diversity Index2 # 83 18th
Median Household Income # 76 25th
Per Capita Income # 71 30th

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Wilkes County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 70,620
Population in Households 69,625
Population in Familes 57,806
Population in Group Qrtrs 995
Population Density1 94
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 28,981
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 19,959
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 33,996 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,103 (62.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,878 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,015 (14.8%)
Median Home Value $116,347
Average Home Value $144,065


Median Household Income $35,029
Average Household Income $47,426
Per Capita Income $19,492
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.43% 0.31%
Households 0.51% 0.33%
Families 0.33% 0.22%
Median Household Income   2.75%
Per Capita Income   1.99%
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.

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