Watauga County, North Carolina Population 2020

Watauga County, North Carolina's estimated population is 57,659 with a growth rate of 1.51% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Watauga County, North Carolina is the 49th largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202057,6598571.51%
201956,8028571.53%
201855,9458571.56%
201755,0889931.84%
201654,0951,0331.95%
201553,0626651.27%
201452,3971000.19%
201352,2972380.46%
201252,0594420.86%
201151,6176501.28%
201050,96714,01537.93%
199036,9525,28616.69%
198031,6668,26235.30%
197023,4045,87533.52%
196017,529-813-4.43%
195018,3422281.26%
194018,1142,94919.45%
193015,1651,68812.53%
192013,477-79-0.58%
191013,5561391.04%
190013,4172,80626.44%
189010,6112,45130.04%
18808,1602,87354.34%
18705,2873306.66%
18604,9571,55745.79%
18503,4000.00%

Watauga County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White50,82493.92%
Black or African American9001.66%
Two or More Races8321.54%
Some Other Race6121.13%
Asian5160.95%
American Indian and Alaska Native3550.66%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander780.14%

Watauga County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

Watauga County, North Carolina Median Age

31.2


Total

30.2


Male

32.8


Female

Watauga County, North Carolina Adults

There are 47,051 adults, (8,200 of whom are seniors) in Watauga County, North Carolina.

Watauga County, North Carolina Age Dependency

39.3

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

18.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Watauga County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

26,972

49.84%

Male

27,145

50.16%

Watauga County, North Carolina Households and Families

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

Watauga County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married86%14%
All60.6%39.4%
Female44.6%55.4%
Male41.9%58.1%
Non Family39.4%60.6%

60.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,3552.3760.6
Non Family9,3021.7539.4
Married9,1072.8186
Female1,3303.0944.6
Male6163.741.9

2.8

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Watauga County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,2093.90%
9th to 12th Grade2,0346.56%
High School Graduate6,29420.31%
Some College5,93719.16%
Associates Degree2,6218.46%
Bachelors Degree7,44024.01%
Graduate Degree5,44917.59%

Watauga County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White29,26926,51812,442
Hispanic651362103
Black435327180
Multiple Races257257136
Native American256209
Other Race18439
Asian14212548
Islander643310

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among multiple races people with a rate of 52.92%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,676$34,993$27,975
Less Than High School$19,360$23,259$13,114
High School Grad$26,225$27,350$24,315
Some College$26,784$33,376$22,875
Bachelors Degree$37,854$44,414$33,947
Graduate Degree$53,523$62,222$48,539

$31,676

Average Earnings

$34,993

Average Male

$27,975

Average Female

Watauga County, North Carolina Language

Watauga County, North Carolina Language by Age

Watauga County, North Carolina Language

95.29% of Watauga County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 4.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.47% of the population.

Watauga County, North Carolina Poverty

Watauga County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White44,86811,56325.77%
Hispanic1,50380053.23%
Other53335466.42%
Black61325441.44%
Multiple68022232.65%
Asian43121549.88%
Native33616950.30%
Islander783139.74%

27.20%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.33%

Male Poverty Rate

27.05%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watauga County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watauga County, North Carolina is Other, with 66.42% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watauga County, North Carolina is White, with 25.77% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.73%. Among those working part-time, it was 46.62%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.97%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.28%
Some College15.20%
High School14.66%
Bachelors or Greater6.81%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed71.52%
Male Unemployed56.11%
Female Employed20.95%
Male Employed16.50%

Watauga County, North Carolina Income

Watauga County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,268$63,511
Families$68,289$87,052
Married Families$77,750$95,435
Non Families$21,413$34,540

Watauga County, North Carolina Marital Status

Watauga County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.7%

Male Marriage Rate

39.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Watauga County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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 45-54.

Watauga County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans

2,721

Number of Veterans

2,538

Male Veterans

183

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,201
First Gulf War538
Second Gulf War350
Korea259
World War II90
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74816
75+713
55 to 64508
35 to 54507
18 to 34177
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6796.03%
Hispanic523.83%
2 or More245.32%
Asian71.54%
Indian61.97%
Black50.61%

$Watauga County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

6.10%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watauga County, North Carolina Employment Status

56.3%

Labor Force Participation

52%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

Watauga County, North Carolina Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

59.21%

Born in North Carolina

96.94%

Native Born

3.06%

Foreign Born

1.65%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.94% of Watauga County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 59.21% having been born in North Carolina. 1.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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