Wilkes County

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

Things To Do in Wilkesboro, NC

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Real Estate in Wilkesboro, NC

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Wilkesboro, NC Demographics

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%

Population By Gender

  Male 52.5%
  Female 47.5%


  English Only 97.4%
  English Other 2.6%


  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

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%

in Wilkesboro, NC