Wilkes County, North Carolina Population 2020

Wilkes County, North Carolina's estimated population is 68,743 with a growth rate of 0.14% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Wilkes County, North Carolina is the 40th largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202068,743930.14%
201968,650930.14%
201868,557930.14%
201768,464-90-0.13%
201668,5542630.39%
201568,291-141-0.21%
201468,432-190-0.28%
201368,622-294-0.43%
201268,916-28-0.04%
201168,944-326-0.47%
201069,2709,87716.63%
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%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White62,47891.26%
Black or African American2,8274.13%
Some Other Race1,3041.90%
Two or More Races1,0721.57%
Asian4190.61%
American Indian and Alaska Native1920.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1680.25%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

Wilkes County, North Carolina Median Age

44.5


Total

43.2


Male

45.8


Female

Wilkes County, North Carolina Adults

There are 54,205 adults, (14,007 of whom are seniors) in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Age Dependency

70.3

Age Dependency Ratio

34.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilkes County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

34,741

50.75%

Male

33,719

49.25%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Households and Families

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

Wilkes County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married87%13%
All74.2%25.8%
Male67.2%32.8%
Non Family59.9%40.1%
Female58.8%41.2%

74.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All28,3552.3874.2
Married14,6782.9787
Non Family9,5061.1959.9
Female2,7643.0158.8
Male1,4073.1267.2

2.92

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Wilkes County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,9268.00%
9th to 12th Grade6,59613.44%
High School Graduate15,43631.46%
Some College10,51521.43%
Associates Degree4,96810.12%
Bachelors Degree5,23410.67%
Graduate Degree2,3924.87%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White44,34635,4587,051
Black2,2011,766353
Hispanic1,943842149
Other Race67727585
Asian25118040
Multiple Races21218721
Native American16216023
Islander6552

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 98.77%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 16.04%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,410$32,669$26,325
Less Than High School$20,489$22,183$18,098
High School Grad$28,325$31,049$22,402
Some College$31,527$36,554$26,907
Bachelors Degree$45,924$53,603$41,286
Graduate Degree$47,760$52,401$41,298

$30,410

Average Earnings

$32,669

Average Male

$26,325

Average Female

Wilkes County, North Carolina Language

Wilkes County, North Carolina Language by Age

Wilkes County, North Carolina Language

93.72% of Wilkes County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 6.28% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.97% of the population.

Wilkes County, North Carolina Poverty

Wilkes County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White59,15310,74318.16%
Hispanic4,1951,63739.02%
Black2,67862323.26%
Other1,30459145.32%
Multiple1,04152350.24%
Native1896835.98%

19.92%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.13%

Male Poverty Rate

22.61%

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 50.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilkes County, North Carolina is White, with 18.16% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.91%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.37%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.24%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.50%
High School15.09%
Some College12.15%
Bachelors or Greater6.24%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.95%
Male Unemployed44.27%
Female Employed11.81%
Male Employed8.80%

Wilkes County, North Carolina Income

Wilkes County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,829$56,273
Families$53,287$66,803
Married Families$60,707$76,173
Non Families$19,827$32,945

Wilkes County, North Carolina Marital Status

Wilkes County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

54.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.3%

Male Marriage Rate

54.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilkes County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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

Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans

4,466

Number of Veterans

4,220

Male Veterans

246

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,762
First Gulf War601
Second Gulf War563
Korea412
World War II175
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,375
75+1,174
55 to 64812
35 to 54806
18 to 34299
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0378.06%
Black33914.27%
2 or More5922.96%
Hispanic251.04%
Indian1711.18%
Asian143.84%

$Wilkes County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

8.28%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilkes County, North Carolina Employment Status

55.6%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Wilkes 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

79.33%

Born in North Carolina

95.92%

Native Born

4.08%

Foreign Born

3.00%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.92% of Wilkes County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 79.33% having been born in North Carolina. 3.00% 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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