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Walnut Cove, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Walnut Cove had a population of 1,591 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Walnut Cove is located at latitude 36.2954 and longitude -80.1417 in Stokes County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Walnut Cove encompass a land area of 2.41 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Stokes County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 656 feet.

The Town of Walnut Cove (GNIS ID: 2406826) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Walnut Cove is located within Township of Sauratown, a minor civil division (MCD) of Stokes County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Walnut Cove: Lash.


Walnut Cove, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,591 (100%)
Population in Households 1,552 (97.5%)
Population in Families 1,229 (77.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 39 ( 2.5%)
Population Density 637
Diversity Index2 36


Median Household Income $42,586
Average Household Income $57,259
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $24,895
Wealth Index5 50


Total HU (Housing Units) 833 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 474 (56.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 278 (33.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 82 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $125,238
Average Home Value $137,025
Housing Affordability Index3 214


Total Households 751
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 461
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.03% -0.11%
Households 0.09% -0.03%
Families 1.82% -0.13%
Median Household Income   1.65%
Per Capita Income   2.03%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.04%


Walnut Cove, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Walnut Cove to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 365 51st
Population Density # 393 47th
Median Household Income # 458 38th
Housing Affordability Index # 456 62nd
Per Capita Income # 365 51st
Diversity Index # 497 33rd

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