Watauga County NC Information


Watauga County Subdivisions

Watauga County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 54,353
Daytime Population: Workers 29,684
Daytime Population: Residents 27,976
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 57,660
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 48,634
Population in Familes 30,448
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,719
Population Density2 174
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $36,702
Average Household Income $56,013
Per Capita Income $23,192


Total Housing Units 34,641 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,427 (33.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,182 (29.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,032 (37.6%)
Median Home Value $239,098
Average Home Value $284,045


Total Households 21,609
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 10,889
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.86% 0.62%
Households 0.8% 0.66%
Families 0.54% 0.51%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   3.51%


Watauga County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watauga County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 52 49th
Population Density # 34 67th
Diversity Index # 97 4th
Median Household Income # 73 28th
Per Capita Income # 49 52nd

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