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The 2000 Census showed that Watauga County had a population of 42,695 people. This represented 0.53% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 56th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Watauga had a population of 45,479 people. This is an increase of 6.52% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201051,079+19.64%+12.31% since 2009
200945,479+6.52%+0.13% since 2008
200845,421+6.38%+1.88% since 2007
200744,584+4.42%+0.81% since 2006
200644,227+3.59%+1.74% since 2005
200543,471+1.82%+0.66% since 2004
200443,187+1.15%-0.36% since 2003
200343,343+1.52%-0.16% since 2002
200243,413+1.68%+0.39% since 2001
200143,246+1.29%+1.29% since 2000
200042,695The Last Census

Watauga County had 23,155 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Watauga County has a total area<3> of 312.7 square miles [809 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.22 square miles [0.57 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Watauga County had a population density of 136.6 people per square mile [52.7 people/km²], making it the state's 37th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Watauga County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Watauga and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Watauga County QuickFact (QF-37189).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Watauga County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AsheQF-37009   NE25,81224,3845.86%
AveryQF-37011   SW17,93217,1674.46%
CaldwellQF-37027   SE79,91477,4153.23%
WilkesQF-37193   E66,55565,6321.41%
Johnson (TN)QF-47091   NW18,00617,4992.9%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Watauga. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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