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Watauga County, North Carolina; Polk County, North Carolina

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Watauga County, North Carolina
Polk County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 56,177 20,724
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 56,177 20,724
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 51,061 20,516
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 10.0% 1.0%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 51,079 20,510
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
3.3%
3.8%
Persons under 18 years, percent
12.7%
15.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
16.4%
32.1%
Female persons, percent
50.2%
52.1%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
94.8%
92.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
1.9%
4.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.4%
0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)
1.2%
0.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Z
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.7%
1.5%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
4.0%
5.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
91.4%
87.7%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2015-2019 2,723 1,553
Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019 2.9% 4.1%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 34,285 11,846
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019 60.1% 74.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 $238,000 $225,700
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019 $1,345 $1,238
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2015-2019 $358 $406
Median gross rent, 2015-2019 $870 $851
Building permits, 2019 488 84
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2015-2019 21,077 9,071
Persons per household, 2015-2019 2.32 2.23
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2015-2019 74.0% 87.7%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2015-2019 4.4% 7.2%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2015-2019 90.7% 87.7%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2015-2019 82.9% 77.3%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 90.8% 90.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 42.2% 29.1%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2015-2019 8.1% 12.5%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
12.8%
14.0%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 57.0% 50.1%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 53.5% 45.7%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 142,099 14,416
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 624,851 104,400
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 107,955 78,166
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 140,238 D
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 762,864 100,771
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $14,707 $4,971
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2015-2019 20.5 27.1
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $47,526 $48,787
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $26,882 $30,756
Persons in poverty, percent
21.4%
12.1%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2018 1,647 483
Total employment, 2018 18,401 3,910
Total annual payroll, 2018 ($1,000) 618,052 126,332
Total employment, percent change, 2017-2018 1.4% -1.0%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 4,985 1,994
All firms, 2012 6,304 2,163
Men-owned firms, 2012 3,514 1,255
Women-owned firms, 2012 1,630 701
Minority-owned firms, 2012 319 88
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 5,727 2,021
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 675 411
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 5,247 1,677
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 163.4 86.3
Land area in square miles, 2010 312.56 237.79
FIPS Code 37189 37149
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2019) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2019). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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