Wilkesboro, NC: What you need to know

Wilkesboro, located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains on the bank of the Yadkin River, offers laid-back living along with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, birding and canoeing. The city hosts several festivals, including MerleFest, which celebrates Americana music and is held on the Wilkes Community College campus.

The community is home to locations for several well-known brands, including Tyson Foods and Lowe's, which contribute to the business climate along with textile and furniture companies. Long known for its moonshine-running heritage (credited for establishing stock-car racing's roots), the area has recently experienced a rebirth of (now legal) moonshine distilleries lending a historic twist to new business and tourism opportunities.

Wilkesboro, NC City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 3,548
Median Age 42
Median Household Income $33,450
Median Home Price $181,400

Wilkesboro, NC Real Estate

Read residents' views on why Wilkes County is a great place for retirees or second homes.

Popular neighborhoods and vacation rentals in Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and other parts of Wilkes County, NC.

Wilkesboro, NC Health and Health Care

Wilkes County's health and wellness offerings continue to grow with the community

Residents have easy access to many medical facilities

Wilkes County Health Foundation, a nonprofit community focused business, works with local hospitals to increase quality of care and services.

Wilkesboro, NC Business and Economy

Company distributes herbs from around the globe

Trio of projects establishes stronger foundation for livability, economy

Wilkes natives return with new business concepts

Region enjoys a diversifying economy

The cattle and poultry industries spell success for western N.C.

Organization was established in 1946

InterFlex Group builds global business from Wilkes home base

Samaritan's Purse expands Wilkesboro facility

A summary of top employers in Wilkes County with approximate employee counts.

Community is strong in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, building products

An overview of businesses in the Wilkes County, from Tyson Foods and Lowe's to Smokey Mountain Avionics.

Cabinetry company thrives in the refurbished and historical Carolina Mirror building

Wilkesboro, NC Schools

Education options in Wilkes County give students leg up

Students, parents have multiple academic options

The Read and Ride program in Wilkesboro, NC encourages kids to read while riding stationary bikes.

Wilkesboro, NC Demographics

Population By Gender

  Male 52.5%
  Female 47.5%

in Wilkesboro, NC

Median Population

Median Age 41.5%
Age 18 Over 74.4%
Age 21 Over 67.7%
Age 62 Over 24.6%
Age 65 Over 21.8%


  Ethnicity White 77.9%
  Ethnicity Black 14.1%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.4%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 2.7%
  Ethnicity Other 1.8%


  Median Household Income $33,450
  Median Home Price $181,400
  Homes Owned 46.2%
  Homes Rent 53.8%
  Median Property Rent $581

The vistas in Wilkes County are breathtaking. It's an incredibly beautiful county from a geographic point of view.

Carmen Daecher, resident


  English Only 97.4%
  English Other 2.6%

in Wilkesboro, NC

Commute Types

  Walked 0%
  Worked at Home 2.2%
  Public Transportation 0%
  Other Means 0%
  Drove Alone 89.2%
  Carpooled 8.6%