Wilkesboro, North Carolina Population 2024

3,652

Wilkesboro is a city located in Wilkes County North Carolina. Wilkesboro has a 2024 population of 3,652. Wilkesboro is currently declining at a rate of -0.25% annually and its population has decreased by -0.95% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 3,687 in 2020.

The average household income in Wilkesboro is $67,070 with a poverty rate of 22.23%. The median age in Wilkesboro is 40 years: 35 years for males, and 45.9 years for females.

Wilkesboro Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wilkesboro was:

  • White: 85.3%
  • Black or African American: 7.78%
  • Two or more races: 4.49%
  • Other race: 1.91%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
6.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
554.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.95% (-35)
The current population of Wilkesboro, North Carolina is 3,652 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 3,687.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White3,13485.3%
Black or African American2867.78%
Two or more races1654.49%
Other race701.91%
Native American190.52%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Wilkesboro Population by Race

Wilkesboro Population Pyramid 2024

Wilkesboro Median Age

40

Total

35

Male

45.9

Female

Wilkesboro Adults

There are 2,841 adults, (932 of whom are seniors) in Wilkesboro.

Wilkesboro Age Dependency

92.5

Age Dependency Ratio

48.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkesboro Sex Ratio

Female1,99454.27%
Male1,68045.73%

Wilkesboro Population by Age

Wilkesboro Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,4522.2951.248.8
Non Family5571.0635.764.3
Married5073.0679.320.7
Female2982.9334.965.1
Male903.4843.356.7

3

Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

51.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wilkesboro Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade1837.43%
Associates Degree28711.65%
Bachelors Degree50220.37%
Graduate Degree1716.94%
High School Graduate72729.5%
Less Than 9th Grade632.56%
Some College53121.55%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Wilkesboro Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wilkesboro Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White2,1852,042635
Black17211516
Hispanic884513
Other Race383112
2+ Races1370
Native American300

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.46%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 31.58%.

Wilkesboro Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$68,421$83,581$64,375
Graduate Degree$0$143,482$0
High School Graduate$0$32,629$0
Less Than 9th Grade$19,844$11,429$0
Overall$38,516$34,111$42,801
Some College$32,716$33,281$27,348

$38,516

Average Earnings

$34,111

Average Male

$42,801

Average Female

Wilkesboro Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wilkesboro Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wilkesboro Language

95.07% of Wilkesboro residents speak only English, while 4.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.52% of the population.

Wilkesboro Language

Wilkesboro Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White2,70045416.81%
Multiple16511670.3%
Hispanic28810536.46%
Black2336527.9%
Other64914.06%

22.23%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.39%

Male Poverty Rate

24.71%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilkesboro

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilkesboro is Multiple, with 70.3% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkesboro is Other, with 14.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.36%.

Wilkesboro Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade41.12%
High School32.83%
Some College5.2%
Bachelors or Greater1.36%

Wilkesboro Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed2.88%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed81.01%
Female Employed12%

Wilkesboro Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wilkesboro Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$67,585$84,765
Households$43,480$67,070
Married Families$103,375$-999,999,999
Non Families$27,326$37,214

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wilkesboro Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

36.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.5%

Male Marriage Rate

31.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilkesboro Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wilkesboro Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Wilkesboro Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wilkesboro Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

261

Number of Veterans

261

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam90
Korea46
Second Gulf War27
World War II6
First Gulf War0

Wilkesboro Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+124
55 to 6477
65 to 7433
18 to 3427
35 to 540

Wilkesboro Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2439.63%
Black188.37%

Wilkesboro Veterans by Race

Wilkesboro Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

3.45%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.72%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkesboro Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

54.4%

Labor Force Participation

51.8%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Wilkesboro Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wilkesboro Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wilkesboro Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

74.61%

Born in Wilkesboro

97.69%

Native Born

2.31%

Foreign Born

0.95%

Non Citizen

1.36%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.69% of Wilkesboro residents were born in the United States, with 74.61% having been born in North Carolina. 0.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wilkesboro Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20293,609-8-0.22%
20283,617-9-0.25%
20273,626-9-0.25%
20263,635-8-0.22%
20253,643-9-0.25%
20243,652-9-0.25%
20233,66170.19%
20223,654-7-0.19%
20213,661-26-0.71%
20203,6872406.96%
20193,447180.52%
20183,429-50-1.44%
20173,479-10-0.29%
20163,489-2-0.06%
20153,49150.14%
20143,486-21-0.6%
20133,507-22-0.62%
20123,529-1-0.03%
20113,530-13-0.37%
20103,54300%
20003,15958622.77%
19902,573-1,036-28.71%

Wilkesboro Population by Year