What you need to know about Wilkesboro, NC

Wilkesboro, located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains on the bank of the Yadkin River, offers laid-back living along with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation such as mountain biking, birding and canoeing. The city hosts several festivals, including MerleFest, which celebrates Americana music and is held on the Wilkes Community College campus. The community is home to locations for several well-known brand, including Tyson Foods and Lowe's, which contribute to the business climate along with textile and furniture companies. Long known for its moonshine-running heritage (credited for establishing stock-car racing's roots), the area has recently experienced a rebirth of (now legal) moonshine distilleries lending a historic twist to new business and tourism opportunities.

Agriculture Industry Strong in Wilkes County
The cattle and poultry industries spell success for western N.C.
Best Places to Eat in Wilkesboro, NC
Don't miss local favorites in the growth of new franchises
Discover the Outdoors in Wilkes County, NC
Multiple attractions and amenities grace the entire community

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Population

3,559
Up by 11.86%
Men stand at the bar at Copper Barrel Distillery in Wilkes County, NC.
New Distilleries Celebrate Wilkes County's Moonshine Heritage
Once illegal 'white lightning' now part of growing legitimate business
North Carolin State University Agriculture
Agriculture Industry Strong in Wilkes County
The cattle and poultry industries spell success for western N.C.

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The Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club in Wilkesboro, NC.
Biking Around Wilkesboro, NC
Wilkesboro, NC offers cyclists challenging terrain, natural beauty and groups for cyclists of every ability level
Merlefest
Festivals in Wilkesboro, NC
Wilkesboro, NC has a ripe atmosphere for festivals‚ the largest of which is the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival.

Housing

Homes Owned 51.67%
51.67% Complete
Homes Rented 48.33%
48.33% Complete

Real Estate

In Wilkesboro, North Carolina


Ready to move to Wilkesboro? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Wilkesboro.
sweetFrog Frozen Yogurt in Wilkesboro, NC
Best Places to Eat in Wilkesboro, NC
Don't miss local favorites in the growth of new franchises

Median Home Price

$184,500
Higher than the state average
Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
Health Care in Wilkes County, NC
Residents have easy access to many medical facilities
Wilkes Community College
Wilkes County Schools
Education options in Wilkes County give students leg up
The vistas in Wilkes County are breathtaking. It's an incredibly beautiful county from a geographic point of view.

Carmen Daecher, resident

Schools

In Wilkesboro, North Carolina


The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Wilkesboro rates.

Median Household Income

$29,902
Lower than the national average

Business

In Wilkesboro, North Carolina


Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Wilkesboro.
Exterior of the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce
Wilkes County, NC Chamber Turns 70
Organization was established in 1946
Students work with robots on a small scale production line at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC.
Wilkes County, NC Education Overview
Students, parents have multiple academic options

Residents

Most residents are
Over 65 Years old
Orders up at Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery.
Wilkes County Restaurants Satisfy All Appetites
Locally owned restaurants appeal to residents and visitors alike
Workers at InterFlex Group a leader in flexible packaging for food, load instructions into a giant machine.
InterFlex Group in Wilkesboro, NC Packages Success
InterFlex Group builds global business from Wilkes home base
Tipton's Bar-b-que
Discover Wilkesboro, NC Restaurants
Wilkesboro, NC restaurants include many chain restaurants as well as local dining options.
YMCA Camp Harrison in Wilkes County
Camp Harrison: Wilkes' Natural Playground
Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge draws campers and companies

Health

In Wilkesboro, North Carolina


Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Wilkesboro.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 23%
23% Complete
Graduated High School 76%
76% Complete
A man wearing an orange Smaritan's Purse shirt drags tree limbs away from a storm-damaged home.
Samaritan's Purse Expands Wilkesboro Operations
Samaritan's Purse expands Wilkesboro facility
Hop On and Learn
The Read and Ride Program in Wilkesboro, NC
The Read and Ride program in Wilkesboro, NC encourages kids to read while riding stationary bikes.

More About Wilkesboro, NC

New Distilleries Celebrate Wilkes County's Moonshine Heritage
Once illegal 'white lightning' now part of growing legitimate business
Agriculture Industry Strong in Wilkes County
The cattle and poultry industries spell success for western N.C.
Biking Around Wilkesboro, NC
Wilkesboro, NC offers cyclists challenging terrain, natural beauty and groups for cyclists of every ability level
Festivals in Wilkesboro, NC
Wilkesboro, NC has a ripe atmosphere for festivals‚ the largest of which is the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival.
Best Places to Eat in Wilkesboro, NC
Don't miss local favorites in the growth of new franchises
Health Care in Wilkes County, NC
Residents have easy access to many medical facilities
Wilkes County Schools
Education options in Wilkes County give students leg up
Wilkes County, NC Chamber Turns 70
Organization was established in 1946
Wilkes County, NC Education Overview
Students, parents have multiple academic options
Wilkes County Restaurants Satisfy All Appetites
Locally owned restaurants appeal to residents and visitors alike
InterFlex Group in Wilkesboro, NC Packages Success
InterFlex Group builds global business from Wilkes home base
Discover Wilkesboro, NC Restaurants
Wilkesboro, NC restaurants include many chain restaurants as well as local dining options.
Camp Harrison: Wilkes' Natural Playground
Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge draws campers and companies
Samaritan's Purse Expands Wilkesboro Operations
Samaritan's Purse expands Wilkesboro facility
The Read and Ride Program in Wilkesboro, NC
The Read and Ride program in Wilkesboro, NC encourages kids to read while riding stationary bikes.
Open Air Market in Wilkesboro, NC
The Open Air Market in Wilkesboro, NC connects farmers, artists and artisans to residents who buy fresh foods and locally produced works of art.
Wilkes Theater, History and Nature Attractions
Whippoorwill, Bleu Moon, W. Kerr Scott Reservoir host popular attractions
Whippoorwill Academy and Village
There is a lot to see at Whippoorwill Academy and Village in Wilkesboro, NC, providing visitors with a better understanding of 19th century history.
Skateboard Parks in Wilkesboro, NC
Skateboarders have excellent skate park options in Wilkesboro, NC including The Edge Skate Park.
Arts & Culture in Wilkesboro, NC
An overview of arts destinations and other cultural attractions, from downtown entertainment to theater, in Wilkes County, NC.
MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC
Wilkesboro, NC is home to one of Livability's Top Festivals- Merlefest.
Discover the Outdoors in Wilkes County, NC
Multiple attractions and amenities grace the entire community