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Watauga County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2015: 53,839 (45% urban, 55% rural); it was 42,695 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 6,888
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,695
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 10,396
Renter-occupied apartments: 8,820 (it was 6,144 in 2000)
% of renters here:

37%
State:

33%

Land area: 313 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 172 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Watauga County: 85.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (25.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (16.6%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 20%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Watauga County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (91.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (2.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.1%)
  • Asian alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  30.0 years
North Carolina median age:  38.7 years
Males: 26,783  (49.7%)
Females: 27,056  (50.3%)

Watauga County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Watauga County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $40,641 ($32,611 in 1999)

This county:

$40,641
North Carolina:

$50,584

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $748 (lower quartile is $535, upper quartile is $1,045)
This county:

$748
State:

$670


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $221,339 (it was $128,200 in 2000)
Watauga:

$221,339
North Carolina:

$165,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $125,137 - $332,283

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $327,568
Here:

$327,568
State:

$235,833

Townhouses or other attached units: $257,147
Here:

$257,147
State:

$191,052

In 2-unit structures: $508,786
Here:

$508,786
State:

$221,545

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $211,684
Here:

$211,684
State:

$144,611

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $282,994
Here:

$282,994
State:

$188,356

Mobile homes: $102,190
Here:

$102,190
State:

$74,306
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,313
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $341

Institutionalized population: 245

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 18
  • Burglaries: 241
  • Thefts: 224
  • Auto thefts: 41

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 2
  • Assaults: 22
  • Burglaries: 239
  • Thefts: 296
  • Auto thefts: 33
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 455 buildings, average cost: $316,100
  • 2008: 332 buildings, average cost: $316,000
  • 2009: 160 buildings, average cost: $264,700
  • 2010: 169 buildings, average cost: $275,300
  • 2011: 106 buildings, average cost: $305,900
  • 2012: 190 buildings, average cost: $251,500
  • 2013: 225 buildings, average cost: $257,800
  • 2014: 126 buildings, average cost: $412,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

2016 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,015 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,075 (0.5%)

Watauga County household income distribution in 2009 Watauga County home values distribution Watauga County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 27.8%
Watauga County:

27.8%
North Carolina:

15.4%
(27.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.6% for Black residents, 36.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.7% for American Indian residents, 49.6% for other race residents, 42.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 30.0 years old
(Males: 28.6 years old, Females: 31.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 31.9 years old, Black residents: 22.8 years old, American Indian residents: 57.2 years old, Asian residents: 21.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22.4 years old, Other race residents: 23.1 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Watauga County is $508 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $639 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $777 a month.

Cities in this county include: Boone, Blowing Rock, Foscoe, Valle Crucis.

Watauga County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Watauga County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.6 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Watauga County: Newby Landing (A), New Hope (B), Hertford Beach (C), Philips Landing (D), Redbank Landing (E), South Haven Manor (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Watauga County include: Love Fellowship Church (A), Galatia Church (B), Woodland Church (C), Berea Church (D), Winslow Grove Church (E), Bethany Church (F), Riddicks Grove Church (G), Whiteville Grove Church (H), Bay Branch Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Harvey Cemetery (1), Nixon Cemetery (2), Riddicks Grove Cemetery (3), Godfrey Cemetery (4), Wilson Cemetery (5), Jackson Cemetery (6), Philips Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs and swamps: Goodings Millpond (A), Bear Swamp (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Deep Creek (A), Great Run Swamp (B), Bethel Creek (C), Raccoon Creek (D), Indian Creek (E), Sutton Creek (F), Yeopim Creek (G), Bagley Swamp (H), Goodwin Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Carter County, Tennessee , Surry County , Wilson County, Tennessee .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.3%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 10,952
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 91.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 41.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,758 (53.6% naturalized citizens)

Watauga County:

3.3%
Whole state:

7.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 313
  • 2000 to 2009: 536
  • 1990 to 1999: 450
  • 1980 to 1989: 145
  • 1970 to 1979: 58
  • Before 1970: 182
Note: State values scaled to Watauga County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 86.2%

Watauga County marital status for males Watauga County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 21,239
  • One, attached: 753
  • Two: 1,041
  • 3 or 4: 1,464
  • 5 to 9: 2,143
  • 10 to 19: 2,206
  • 20 to 49: 1,369
  • 50 or more: 440
  • Mobile homes: 3,017

Housing units in Watauga County with a mortgage: 6,623 (107 second mortgage, 1,024 home equity loan, 50 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 5,183

Here:

54.5% with mortgage
State:

63.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Watauga County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant12,92563
Mainline Protestant6,80023
Catholic1,0572
Other6215
Orthodox241
None30,024-
Watauga County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Watauga County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.90 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
Watauga County:

4.50 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 78
This county:

17.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Watauga County:

7.1%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Watauga County:

23.1%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.3%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Watauga County:

Average size of farms: 71 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $15,889
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $746.20
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 18.83%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 43.32%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $9,148
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 17.04%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.83%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,665
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.12%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 19.00
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.71%
Corn for grain: 13 harvested acres
Vegetables: 45 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 39 acres

Tornado activity:

Watauga County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Carolina state average. It is 5161933.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/28/1984, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Watauga County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 184.8 miles away from Watauga County center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 168.3 miles away from the county center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 129.8 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 66.7 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 69.0 miles away from Watauga County center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 68.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North Carolina Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: July 27, 2013 to July 28, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4153: October 29, 2013, FEMA Id: 4153, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • North Carolina Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: July 03, 2013 to July 14, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4146: September 25, 2013, FEMA Id: 4146, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • North Carolina Severe Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 25, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1871: February 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1871, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3222: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1553: September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Tropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 07, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1546: September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: 1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North Carolina Flooding, Incident Period: January 07, 1998 to February 12, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1200: January 15, 1998, FEMA Id: 1200, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • North Carolina Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 02, 1996 to February 09, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1103: February 23, 1996, FEMA Id: 1103, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1087: January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: 1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North Carolina Severe Storm, High Winds, Flooding, Incident Period: October 04, 1995 to October 06, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1073: October 23, 1995, FEMA Id: 1073, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • 4 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Watauga County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 6, Hurricanes: 3, Landslides: 2, Mudslides: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (3%)
  • Educational services (25%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (17%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (30%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (7%)
  • Cuba (5%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Honduras (4%)
  • Canada (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Watauga County (%):

  • American (28%)
  • English (11%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scotch-Irish (6%)
  • European (4%)
  • Scottish (3%)

Watauga County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 20,988 (75.1%)
  • Carpooled: 2,799 (10.0%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 560 (2.0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 14 (0.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 143 (0.5%)
  • Bicycle: 101 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 1,359 (4.9%)
  • Worked at home: 1,937 (6.9%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Watauga County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 4,683 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 314 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 192 people in nursing homes
  • 53 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 44 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 41 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 28 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 22 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 7 people in other group homes

People in group quarters in Watauga County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 4,967 people in college/university student housing
  • 191 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 54 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 35 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 32 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 19 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 13 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 12 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,584.

9.78% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,447 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.78%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.07% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($25,102 average AGI)
3.71% relocated from other states ($14,345 average AGI)
Watauga County:

3.71%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.59% ($147,373 average AGI)
from Ashe County, NC  0.52% ($32,329)
from Wake County, NC  0.49% ($31,087)
from Avery County, NC  0.37% ($30,981)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.36% ($21,549)
from Guilford County, NC  0.29% ($36,550)
from Caldwell County, NC  0.26% ($28,216)


10.51% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,410 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.51%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.00% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($15,507 average AGI)
4.51% relocated to other states ($13,903 average AGI)
Watauga County:

4.51%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.78% ($26,073 average AGI)
to Ashe County, NC  0.60% ($26,894)
to Wake County, NC  0.51% ($22,792)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.46% ($20,692)
to Caldwell County, NC  0.34% ($41,750)
to Avery County, NC  0.30% ($31,256)
to Guilford County, NC  0.27% ($22,053)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.3

Births per 1000 population in Watauga County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 6.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Watauga County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Watauga County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 18.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Watauga County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Watauga County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,456 (5,539 aged, 917 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,180 (17%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Watauga County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (284)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (284)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (220)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (211)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (176)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (147)
  • Chronic ischaemic heart disease, unspecified (117)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (107)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (105)
  • Congestive heart failure (99)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.71
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 13,816
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 459
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 49,250

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 916
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 720
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 49
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 148.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 88.9
  • Other - 59.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 53,839
  • In family households: 31,060 (5,849 male householders, 4,932 female householders)
    8,852 spouses, 8,818 children (8,432 natural, 261 adopted, 117 stepchildren), 690 grandchildren, 281 brothers or sisters, 303 parents, 526 other relatives, 747 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 17,622 (4,939 male householders (2,862 living alone)), 4,905 female householders (3,062 living alone)), 8,003 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 5,375

Size of family households: 6,165 2-persons, 2,053 3-persons, 1,760 4-persons, 592 5-persons, 169 6-persons, 81 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 5,917 1-person, 2,668 2-persons, 754 3-persons, 445 4-persons, 7 5-persons, 28 6-persons.

4,744 married couples with children.
1,553 single-parent households (331 men, 1,222 women).

94.8% of residents of Watauga speak English at home.
3.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (67% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $163,880,000 ($3,860 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,289,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $78,849,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $38,800,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $950,000
Federal grants: $37,303,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,568,000 ($28,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $6,411,000 ($566,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,926,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,280,000
Federal Government insurance: $58,328,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,827
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,572
Here:

37 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +314
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -739
Here -17 per 1000 residents
State +27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Watauga County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.41 millions of gallons per day (11% from ground, 89% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.5

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 90
  • 2010 to 2013: 991
  • 2000 to 2009: 6,560
  • 1990 to 1999: 6,271
  • 1980 to 1989: 6,411
  • 1970 to 1979: 6,107
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,701
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,536
  • 1940 to 1949: 772
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,571
Note: State values scaled to Watauga population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Watauga County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Watauga County population
  • 1 room: 20
  • 2 rooms: 25
  • 3 rooms: 432
  • 4 rooms: 1,240
  • 5 rooms: 1,954
  • 6 rooms: 2,465
  • 7 rooms: 2,056
  • 8 rooms: 1,553
  • 9+ rooms: 1,976
  • 1 room: 414
  • 2 rooms: 587
  • 3 rooms: 1,819
  • 4 rooms: 2,432
  • 5 rooms: 1,756
  • 6 rooms: 1,094
  • 7 rooms: 442
  • 8 rooms: 109
  • 9+ rooms: 257
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Watauga County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Watauga County population
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 228
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,219
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,391
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,314
  • 5+ bedrooms: 518
  • no bedroom: 438
  • 1 bedroom: 1,459
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,788
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,323
  • 4 bedrooms: 665
  • 5+ bedrooms: 202
Cars and other vehicles available in Watauga County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Watauga County population
  • no vehicle: 306
  • 1 vehicle: 2,880
  • 2 vehicles: 5,135
  • 3 vehicles: 2,303
  • 4 vehicles: 804
  • 5+ vehicles: 272
  • no vehicle: 792
  • 1 vehicle: 3,351
  • 2 vehicles: 2,968
  • 3 vehicles: 1,297
  • 4 vehicles: 654
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

72% of Watauga County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 29% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 428% lived in North Carolina.

Watauga County:

71.8%
State average:

84.3%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 30,711
  • Other state: 20,914
  • Northeast: 4,745
  • Midwest: 3,730
  • South: 10,611
  • West: 1,830

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Watauga County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (38.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (18.6%)
  • Wood (8.4%)
  • Utility gas (3.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Solar energy (0.1%)
  • Electricity (73.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (10.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.0%)
  • Utility gas (3.0%)
  • Wood (2.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 418
Here:

14.4%
North Carolina:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 195
Here:

11.2%
North Carolina:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 174
Here:

1.2%
North Carolina:

17.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Watauga County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $1,049,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $1,901,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,032,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $934,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $23,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $37,251,000
    Health - Other: $6,648,000
    General - Other: $6,447,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,559,000
    Police Protection: $2,540,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,488,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,796,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,739,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,601,000
    Financial Administration: $1,581,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,358,000
    Parks and Recreation: $808,000
    Central Staff Services: $792,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $584,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $168,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $53,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,084,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $4,302,000
    Health - Other: $809,000
    Libraries: $414,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $1,673,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $4,188,000
    Transit Utilities: $570,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $309,000
    Police Protection: $273,000
    Solid Waste Management: $261,000
    Financial Administration: $38,000
    General Public Building: $32,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $19,000
    Health - Other: $17,000
    Correctional Institutions: $16,000
    Central Staff Services: $16,000
    Parks and Recreation: $11,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,666,000

Watauga County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,683,000
    All Other: $3,350,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $875,000
    Parks and Recreation: $323,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $301,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $30,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $139,000
    General Local Government Support: $22,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $975,000
    Transit Utilities: $589,000
    General Local Government Support: $45,000
    Highways: $6,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,073,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $470,000
    Rents: $55,000
    Sale of Property: $4,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $273,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $27,030,000
    Public Welfare: $2,825,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,827,000
    Health and Hospitals: $1,826,000
    Transit Utilities: $1,485,000
    All Other: $1,477,000
    General Local Government Support: $134,000
  • Tax - Property: $25,467,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $11,358,000
    NEC: $770,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $335,000

Watauga County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,827,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,195,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,131,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,500,000

Watauga County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $30,871,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 664
  • Number of aged recipients: 115
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 549
  • Number of recipients under 18: 45
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 411
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 208
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 317
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 259
Watauga County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Watauga County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Watauga County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary13380.1 years
William12174.1 years
John11475.1 years
James10772.8 years
Robert8073.9 years
Charles6473.7 years
Margaret6278.7 years
George5477.1 years
Ruth5280.7 years
Thomas4673.8 years
Most common last names in Watauga County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Greene15079.5 years
Miller10976.1 years
Brown9378.7 years
Coffey8877.3 years
Norris8278.9 years
Hodges7077.9 years
Moretz5580.0 years
Cook5079.9 years
Smith5078.1 years
Wilson4578.8 years
Businesses in Watauga County, NC
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1La Quinta1
AT&T2Lane Furniture1
Ace Hardware1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Advance Auto Parts3Little Caesars Pizza2
Ann Taylor1Long John Silver's1
Applebee's1Lowe's2
Arby's2Marriott1
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets3
Banana Republic1Maurices2
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's2
Best Western1New Balance2
Blockbuster2Nike4
Burger King2Nissan1
CVS2Old Navy1
Chevrolet1Outback1
Chick-Fil-A1Outback Steakhouse1
Chico's1Panera Bread1
Comfort Inn1Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Suites1Penske2
Curves2Pizza Hut2
Days Inn1RadioShack2
Domino's Pizza3Rite Aid2
DressBarn1Ruby Tuesday2
Dressbarn1Rue212
Dunkin Donuts3SAS Shoes1
FedEx13SONIC Drive-In1
Ford2Sears2
GNC2Skechers USA1
GameStop3Sleep Inn1
Gap1Sprint Nextel1
Gymboree1Staples2
H&R Block3Subaru1
Hardee's3Subway7
Hilton1Super 81
Holiday Inn2T-Mobile3
Honda1T.J.Maxx1
IZOD1Taco Bell2
J.Crew1Toyota1
JCPenney1U-Haul7
Jack In The Box1UPS16
Jones New York3Walgreens2
KFC2Walmart2
Kincaid1Wendy's2
Kmart1