Wilkes County, North Carolina Population 2021

Wilkes County, North Carolina's estimated population is 68,110 with a growth rate of -0.22% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Wilkes County, North Carolina is the 41st largest county inNorth Carolina. The 2010 Population was 69,264 and has seen a growth of -1.67% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202168,110-151-0.22%
202068,261-151-0.22%
201968,412-151-0.22%
201868,563740.11%
201768,489-92-0.13%
201668,5812830.41%
201568,298-116-0.17%
201468,414-195-0.28%
201368,609-297-0.43%
201268,906-42-0.06%
201168,948-316-0.46%
201069,2649,87116.62%
199059,3937361.25%
198058,6579,13318.44%
197049,5244,2559.40%
196045,269260.06%
195045,2432,2405.21%
194043,0036,84118.92%
193036,1623,51810.78%
192032,6442,3627.80%
191030,2823,41012.69%
190026,8724,19718.51%
189022,6753,49418.22%
188019,1813,64223.44%
187015,5397905.36%
186014,7492,65021.90%
185012,099-478-3.80%
184012,5776095.09%
183011,9682,00120.08%
18209,96791310.08%
18109,0541,80724.93%
18007,247-896-11.00%
17908,1430.00%
2021 Growth Rate
-0.22% (-151)
County Website
Founded
1778
County Seat
2010 Population
69,264
Growth Since 2010
-1.67% (-1,154)
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Wilkes County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White62,34791.06%
Black or African American2,7123.96%
Some Other Race1,3812.02%
Two or More Races1,2261.79%
Asian3980.58%
American Indian and Alaska Native2170.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1880.27%
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Wilkes County, North Carolina Population by Race

Wilkes County, North Carolina Population Pyramid $2021

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Median Age

44.9


Total

43.6


Male

46.1


Female

Wilkes County, North Carolina Adults

There are 54,375 adults, (14,368 of whom are seniors) in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Age Dependency

71.1

Age Dependency Ratio

35.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkes County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

34,736

50.73%

Male

33,733

49.27%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family62.6%37.4%
Female63.2%36.8%
Male69.1%30.9%
All75.7%24.3%
Married87.4%12.6%

75.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Wilkes County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All28,7532.3575.7
Married14,7872.9587.4
Non Family9,8441.1962.6
Female2,9372.9563.2
Male1,185369.1

2.89

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4066.91%
9th to 12th Grade6,38912.96%
High School Graduate15,64731.74%
Some College10,80721.92%
Associates Degree5,25510.66%
Bachelors Degree5,60711.37%
Graduate Degree2,1894.44%
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Wilkes County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wilkes County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White44,38536,2437,306
Black2,1781,772320
Hispanic2,045917107
Other Race69324369
2+ Races27523413
Asian25718439
Native American17116624
Islander105105

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 16.46%.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,576$35,136$28,245
Less Than 9th Grade$21,287$23,910$17,712
High School Graduate$30,344$32,527$24,318
Some College$31,945$38,688$28,132
Bachelors Degree$47,430$54,706$45,196
Graduate Degree$52,904$62,375$49,030

$31,576

Average Earnings

$35,136

Average Male

$28,245

Average Female

Wilkes County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wilkes County, North Carolina Language by Age

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Language

93.65% of Wilkes County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 6.35% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.05% of the population.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Language

Wilkes County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White59,0329,32915.80%
Hispanic4,3171,64338.06%
Black2,56254821.39%
Multiple1,19152644.16%
Other1,38148034.76%
Native2108540.48%
Islander1882010.64%

17.69%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.24%

Male Poverty Rate

20.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilkes County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilkes County, North Carolina is Multiple, with 44.16% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkes County, North Carolina is Islander, with 10.64% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.00%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.50%.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.91%
High School14.34%
Some College9.46%
Bachelors or Greater5.23%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed41.25%
Female Unemployed32.13%
Female Employed10.26%
Male Employed7.18%

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

Wilkes County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,107$59,515
Families$56,068$70,164
Married Families$62,920$78,460
Non Families$22,131$36,486
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Income by Household Type

Wilkes County, North Carolina Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

54.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.6%

Male Marriage Rate

54.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilkes County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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Wilkes 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.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Marital Status

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4,197

Number of Veterans

3,953

Male Veterans

244

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,725
First Gulf War562
Second Gulf War525
Korea341
World War II77

Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,252
75+1,162
35 to 54746
55 to 64743
18 to 34294

Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,8147.61%
Black26711.58%
2+ Races7620.00%
Hispanic512.02%
Asian205.70%
Native American2013.16%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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7.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.55%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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55.8%

Labor Force Participation

52.6%

Employment Rate

5.5%

Unemployment Rate

Wilkes County, North Carolina Employment by Age

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Employment by Race

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Wilkes County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.73%

Born in Wilkes County, North Carolina

95.86%

Native Born

4.14%

Foreign Born

2.77%

Non Citizen

1.37%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.86% of Wilkes County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 78.73% having been born in North Carolina. 2.77% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wilkes 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

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