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The 2000 Census showed that Wilkes County had a population of 65,632 people. This represented 0.82% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 36th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wilkes had a population of 66,555 people. This is an increase of 1.41% 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
201069,340+5.65%+4.18% since 2009
200966,555+1.41%-0.25% since 2008
200866,725+1.67%+0.09% since 2007
200766,662+1.57%+0.29% since 2006
200666,467+1.27%+0.09% since 2005
200566,405+1.18%+0.14% since 2004
200466,311+1.03%-0.4% since 2003
200266,518+1.35%+0.28% since 2001
200166,330+1.06%+1.06% since 2000
200065,632The Last Census

Wilkes County had 29,261 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wilkes County has a total area<3> of 759 square miles [1,968 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.74 square miles [7.1 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wilkes County had a population density of 86.7 people per square mile [33.47 people/km²], making it the state's 56th 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 Wilkes County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wilkes and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Wilkes County QuickFact (QF-37193).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Wilkes County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AlexanderQF-37003   S36,77733,6039.45%
AlleghanyQF-37005   N10,96410,6772.69%
AsheQF-37009   NW25,81224,3845.86%
CaldwellQF-37027   SW79,91477,4153.23%
IredellQF-37097   SE158,153122,66028.94%
SurryQF-37171   NE72,49671,2191.79%
WataugaQF-37189   W45,47942,6956.52%
YadkinQF-37197   E37,71336,3483.76%

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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 Wilkes. 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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