Wilkes County NC Information


Wilkes County Subdivisions

Wilkes County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 71,370
Population in Households 70,405
Population in Familes 58,441
Population in Group Qrtrs 965
Population Density1 95
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 29,020
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 19,964
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 34,304 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,962 (61.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,058 (23.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,284 (15.4%)
Median Home Value $120,614
Average Home Value $154,178


Median Household Income $35,648
Average Household Income $49,182
Per Capita Income $20,315
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.46% 0.34%
Households 0.37% 0.28%
Families 0.23% 0.19%
Median Household Income   1.22%
Per Capita Income   1.58%
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, 2016 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 # 38 63rd
Population Density1 # 61 40th
Diversity Index2 # 81 20th
Median Household Income # 75 26th
Per Capita Income # 74 27th

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