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Watauga County is located in northwest North Carolina. The County Seat is Boone and the largest city is Boone . The Official Web Site is located at http://www.wataugacounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 52,560 and the 2010 census population was 51,079. The land area is 312.56 square miles and there are 163.4 persons per square mile.
95.3% of the population is White, 1.9% is Black or African American, 3.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.1% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% is two or more races. 89% have a high school degree or higher, and 37.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $228,700, there are 20,909 households, an average of 2.20 persons per household. The per capita income is $21,854, the median household income is $34,293, and 31.3% of the persons in Watauga County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 5,893. Retail sales (in $1000) were $795,216, and sales per capita were $17,836. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 21.7%.
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