Watauga County, North Carolina Population 2022

Watauga County, North Carolina's estimated population is 56,606 with a growth rate of 0.25% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Watauga County, North Carolina is the 50th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 Population was 50,972 and has seen a growth of 11.05% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18503,4000.00%
18604,9571,55745.79%
18705,2873306.66%
18808,1602,87354.34%
189010,6112,45130.04%
190013,4172,80626.44%
191013,5561391.04%
192013,477-79-0.58%
193015,1651,68812.53%
194018,1142,94919.45%
195018,3422281.26%
196017,529-813-4.43%
197023,4045,87533.52%
198031,6668,26235.30%
199036,9525,28616.69%
201050,97214,02037.94%
201151,6266541.28%
201252,0624360.84%
201352,2952330.45%
201452,3951000.19%
201553,0936981.33%
201654,1401,0471.97%
201755,1811,0411.92%
201856,0348531.55%
201956,1771430.26%
202056,3201430.25%
202156,4631430.25%
202256,6061430.25%
map placeholder

Watauga County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White52,02193.45%
Black or African American9581.72%
American Indian and Alaska Native2780.50%
Asian6491.17%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander520.09%
Some Other Race7051.27%
Two or More Races1,0061.81%
Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Population by Race

Watauga County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2022

Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Median Age

32.7


Total

30.9


Male

33.9


Female

Watauga County, North Carolina Adults

There are 48,506 adults, (8,909 of whom are seniors) in Watauga County, North Carolina.

Watauga County, North Carolina Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

18.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Watauga County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

27,905

50.13%

Male

27,764

49.87%

Watauga County, North Carolina Population by Age

Watauga County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

map placeholder

Watauga County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married86%14%
Male62.5%37.5%
All60.9%39.1%
Female49.5%50.5%
Non Family39.2%60.8%

60.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Watauga County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All21,4532.3260.9
Married9,4162.8986
Male5313.4462.5
Female1,1783.1149.5
Non Family10,3281.6439.2

2.86

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Households by Type

Loading...
Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1933.65%
9th to 12th Grade1,8715.73%
High School Graduate6,85720.98%
Some College5,99918.36%
Associates Degree2,7968.56%
Bachelors Degree7,62823.34%
Graduate Degree6,33719.39%
Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Watauga County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Race Total High School Bachelors
Islander523131
White30,62428,20613,470
Black501402196
Asian22917276
2+ Races34526286
Hispanic956545152
Other Race37415210
Native American201147

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.10%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 59.62%.

Watauga County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,054$34,835$30,639
Less Than 9th Grade$20,423$21,918$14,250
High School Graduate$24,289$26,129$18,705
Some College$28,113$33,337$25,446
Bachelors Degree$37,440$42,089$35,811
Graduate Degree$58,403$80,000$45,869

$33,054

Average Earnings

$34,835

Average Male

$30,639

Average Female

Watauga County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Watauga County, North Carolina Language by Age

Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Language

94.25% of Watauga County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 5.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.10% of the population.

Watauga County, North Carolina Language

Watauga County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Loading...
Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian54925646.63%
Black60928045.98%
Hispanic1,71972242.00%
Islander522140.38%
Multiple83331637.94%
White46,02510,66523.17%
Native271186.64%
Other342NaN%

24.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.46%

Male Poverty Rate

24.47%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watauga County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watauga County, North Carolina is Asian, with 46.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watauga County, North Carolina is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.55%. Among those working part-time, it was 42.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.14%.

Watauga County, North Carolina Poverty

Loading...
Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.76%
High School13.07%
Some College13.71%
Bachelors or Greater7.23%

Watauga County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

Loading...
Rate Poverty
Male Employed16.83%
Male Unemployed75.87%
Female Employed19.48%
Female Unemployed53.59%

Watauga County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Watauga County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Loading...
Name Median Mean
Households$46,453$69,517
Families$75,042$96,531
Married Families$83,125-
Non Families$26,306$39,572
Loading...

Income by Household Type

Watauga County, North Carolina Marital Status

map placeholder

Marriage Rates

39.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.7%

Male Marriage Rate

39.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Watauga County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Watauga County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

map placeholder

Watauga County, North Carolina Marital Status

Loading...

2,743

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War399
First Gulf War376
Vietnam1,275
Korea179
World War II32

Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans by War

Loading...
Age Group Veterans
18 to 34249
35 to 54453
55 to 64390
65 to 74910
75+741

Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

Loading...
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6185.75%
Black516.20%
Native American3918.75%
Asian81.38%
2+ Races273.65%
Hispanic452.90%

Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

Loading...

6.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.39%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

Loading...

59.7%

Labor Force Participation

54.4%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Watauga County, North Carolina Employment by Age

Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Employment by Race

Loading...

Watauga County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Loading...

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Loading...

59.12%

Born in Watauga County, North Carolina

96.47%

Native Born

3.53%

Foreign Born

2.19%

Non Citizen

1.34%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.47% of Watauga County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 59.12% having been born in North Carolina. 2.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Watauga County, North Carolina Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

Sources