Wilkesboro, situated in Wilkes County, is a small town made up of 5.5 square miles.
January 24, 2018
The town of Wilkesboro was founded in 1800 as the county seat of Wilkes County.
The town is home to the historic "Tory Oak", where Benjamin Cleveland, an American Revolution patriot, capitally punished British loyalists. Sadly, this historic tree no longer stands.
The median resident age in Wilkesboro is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $42,000 making it about $6,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Wilkesboro is about $185,000 (2016) which is $20,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $760 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Wilkesboro is 79% White, 9% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 10% other. 79% of the population are high school graduates, with 16% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 57% are married, 5% are divorced, 1% are separated, 15% are widowed, leaving 22% that have never been married.
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Wilkesboro belongs belongs to Wilkes County in the north western part of North Carolina.
The County, which is named after John Wilkes, and was home to the first NASCAR track and was a county that produced moonshine, being called the Moonshine Capital of the World, is a part of the North Wilkesboro, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, has a population of 69,350.
The county seat, Wilkesboro has a population of 3,400, while its largest city, North Wilkesboro, has a population of 4,250.
Wilkes County borders Alexander, Iredell, Alleghany, Surry, Ashe, Watauga, Caldwell, and Yadkin counties.
Wilkes County is made up of 757 square miles. 754 of which is land with the remaining 2.6 as water.
The population of Wilkesboro, NC is about 3,400. The population has been steadily increasing since the town's founding.
The elevation of Wilkesboro, NC is 1,047 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Wilkesboro, NC is 28697.
The area code for Wilkesboro, NC is 336.
Historically speaking Wilkesboro and Wilkes County have voted mostly Republican, with 76% going to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 42% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 57% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.
The unemployment rate for Wilkesboro is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average. Manufacturing and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Journal Patriot is the primary newspaper that covers the Wilkes County area.