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Wilkes County is located in northwest North Carolina. The County Seat is Wilkesboro and the largest city is North Wilkesboro . The Official Web Site is located at http://wilkescounty.net/. The 2014 population estimate is 68,838 and the 2010 census population was 69,340. The land area is 754.28 square miles and there are 91.9 persons per square mile.
93.5% of the population is White, 4.4% is Black or African American, 5.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.2% is two or more races. 74.2% have a high school degree or higher, and 12.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $111,700, there are 27,512 households, an average of 2.48 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,029, the median household income is $33,159, and 22.7% of the persons in Wilkes County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 5,805. Retail sales (in $1000) were $759,255, and sales per capita were $11,390. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22%.
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