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Encyclopedia > Wilkes County, North Carolina
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Map
Map of North Carolina highlighting Wilkes County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1778
Seat Wilkesboro
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,968 km² (760 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
7 km² (3 mi²), 0.36%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

65,632
33/km² 
Website: www.wilkescounty.net/

Wilkes County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 65,632; in July 2006 the U.S. Census estimated the county's population at 67,310. Its county seat is Wilkesboro6. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_NC.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): North Carolina ... 1778 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Wilkesboro is a town in Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Wilkesboro is a town in Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...

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History

The county was formed in 1777 from parts of Surry County and Washington District (now Washington County, Tennessee). The act became effective February 15, 1778, and this is when the county celebrates its anniversary. It was named for the English political radical John Wilkes, who lost his position as Lord Mayor of London due to his support for the colonists during the American Revolution. Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Surry County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Tennessee. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1799 the northern and western parts of Wilkes County became Ashe County. In 1841 parts of Wilkes County and Burke County were combined to form Caldwell County. In 1847 another part of Wilkes County was combined with parts of Caldwell County and Iredell County to become Alexander County. In 1849 additional parts of Wilkes County and Caldwell County were combined with parts of Ashe County and Yancey County to form Watauga County. Numerous boundary adjustments were made thereafter, but none resulted in new counties. 1799 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Ashe County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Burke County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Caldwell County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Location in the state of North Carolina Formed 1788 Seat Statesville Area  - Total  - Water 1,546 km² (597 mi²) 56 km² (21 mi²) 3. ... Alexander County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Yancey County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ...


Government, Media, and Medicine

Wilkes County is governed by a group of elected county commissioners. An elected Board of Education controls the county's public school system. Wilkes County is a member of the regional High Country Council of Governments. The Wilkes Regional Medical Center, founded in 1951 as Wilkes General Hospital, is the largest hospital in northwestern North Carolina. Wilkes County has two local newspapers: the Wilkes Journal-Patriot and the Wilkes Record, both of which are published three times per week. The county has three radio stations: WKBC-FM (FM 97.3), which plays Adult Contemporary music; WKBC-AM (AM 800), which plays American Country music; and WWWC (3WC) (AM 1240), which plays Gospel Music. In 2006 WKBC-FM was voted the best radio station in the Charlotte listening area by the music critics of Charlotte's Creative Loafing magazine. Categories: Government stubs | North Carolina Councils of Governments ... WKBC is the set of call letters used by both the AM and FM radio stations in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... WKBC is the set of call letters used by both the AM and FM radio stations in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Charlotte (also known as candle stick) is a figure skating grace move - one of the spirals, where the skater is bended and glides on its one leg with the other one lifted to the air. ... Creative Loafing is the name of two alternative weekly newspapers published by Tampa Bay, Florida-based Creative Loafing, Inc. ...


Geography and Climate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,968 km² (760 mi²). 1,961 km² (757 mi²) of it is land and 7 km² (3 mi²) of it (0.36%) is water. Wilkes County is located on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a part of the Appalachian Mountains chain. The county's elevation ranges from 900 feet in the east to over 4,000 feet in the west. The Blue Ridge Mountains run from the southwest to the northeast, and dominate the county's western and northern horizons. Thompkins Knob, the highest point in the county, rises to 4,121 feet (1256 meters). The foothills and valleys of the Blue Ridge form most of the county's midsection, with some elevations exceeding 2,000 feet. Stone Mountain State Park, located in the foothills of northern Wilkes County, is one of the most visited state parks in North Carolina. The Brushy Mountains, an isolated spur of the Blue Ridge, form the county's southern border. Wilkes County's terrain gradually becomes more level and less hilly as one moves to the east and south; the far eastern section of the county lies within the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The largest river in Wilkes is the Yadkin, which flows through the central part of the county. The county's three other major streams, all of which flow into the Yadkin, are the Reddies River, Roaring River, and Mulberry Creek. Following the devastating floods of 1916 and 1940, the US Army's Corps of Engineers constructed the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir on the Yadkin River four miles west of Wilkesboro. Opened in 1962, the dam created a lake with a shoreline of 55 miles. The lake is used for boating, swimming, fishing, and waterskiing; it is especially noted for its excellent largemouth bass fishing. The W. Kerr Scott lake is the largest body of water in Wilkes. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Blue Ridge Mountains, Shining Rock Wilderness Area Appalachian Mountain system The Blue Ridge is a mountain chain in the eastern United States, part of the Appalachian Mountains, forming their eastern front from Georgia to Pennsylvania. ... Appalachians in North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains (French: les Appalaches) are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. ... Stone Mountain State Park is a state park of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... The Brushy Mountains are a mountain range located in northwestern North Carolina. ... For other uses, see Piedmont (disambiguation). ... Yadkin may refer to: Yadkin County, North Carolina Yadkin River Yadkin Indians This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Reddies River is a tributary of the Yadkin River in northwestern North Carolina in the United States. ... The Roaring River rises on the Highland Rim approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of Livingston, Tennessee in Overton County. ... A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Kerr Scott (born 17 April 1896 Haw River, North Carolina - died 16 April 1958 Burlington, North Carolina) was the Democratic Governor of North Carolina from 1949 to 1953. ... Binomial name Micropterus salmoides The Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a species of fish. ...


Due to its wide range of elevation, Wilkes County's climate varies considerably. In the winter, it is not unusual for it to be sunny with the temperature in the forties in the county's eastern section, while at the same time it is snowing or sleeting with the temperature in the low thirties or even twenties in the county's mountainous west and north. Generally speaking, Wilkes receives ample amounts of precipitation, with frequent thunderstorms in the spring and summer months; and snow, sleet, and freezing rain all occur at times during the winter, with the frequency increasing with the altitude. Severe weather is not common in Wilkes but does occur. Tornadoes are extremely rare, but severe thunderstorms can bring strong winds which can down trees and power lines, as well as cause hail. Wilkes County is far enough inland that hurricanes rarely cause problems, but the rare hurricane which moves inland quickly enough may cause damage, as with Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Due to the numerous creeks and streams which run through its valleys, Wilkes is especially prone to devastating flash floods. The two most memorable floods occurred in 1916 and 1940, killing a number of residents and causing millions of dollars in damages. Since the opening of the W. Kerr Scott Dam in 1962, the Yadkin River has not flooded in the county. This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about weather phenomena. ... Lowest pressure 918 mbar (hPa; 27. ... Flash flooding is rapid flooding of low-lying areas, rivers and creeks that is caused by the intense rainfall associated with a thunderstorm, or multiple training thunderstorms. ...


Transportation

Wilkes County is served by a number of major highways. However, the only multilane expressway which goes through the county is US 421. Other major highways include NC 16, NC 18, NC 268, and NC 115. The Wilkes County Airport provides air transport into and out of the county. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... U.S. Highway 421 is a spur of U.S. Highway 21. ... // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ... NC 18 is a 145-mile (233 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south through the Foothills and Mountain regions of the state. ... NC 268 is an 86-mile North Carolina state highway. ... Wilkes County Airport (IATA: IKB, ICAO: KUKF, FAA LID: UKF) is a public airport located four miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district (CBD) of North Wilkesboro, a town in Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA. This general aviation airport covers 237 acres and has one runway. ...


Townships

The county is divided into townships: Antioch, Austin, Beaver Creek, Boomer, Brushy Mountains, Call, Cricket, Dockery, Edwards, Elk, Jobs Cabin, Lewis Fork, Lomax, Lovelace, Millers Creek, Moravian Falls, Mtn. View, Mulberry, New Castle, North Wilkesboro, Purlear, Roaring River, Ronda, Rock Creek, Somers, Stanton, Traphill, Hays, Union, Walnut Grove, Wilbar, and Wilkesboro. The term township generally means the district or area associated with a town. ...


Adjacent Counties

Alleghany County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Surry County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Yadkin County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Location in the state of North Carolina Formed 1788 Seat Statesville Area  - Total  - Water 1,546 km² (597 mi²) 56 km² (21 mi²) 3. ... Alexander County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Caldwell County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Ashe County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ...

Education

There are four public high schools in the county: Wilkes Central, East Wilkes, North Wilkes, and West Wilkes. There are also four public middle schools and thirteen public elementary schools. The county also has several private schools; most of them are associated with one of the larger Protestant churches in the county. The only college in Wilkes is Wilkes Community College (WCC), a public two-year college within the North Carolina Community College System. WCC is the home of the popular bluegrass and folk music festival "MerleFest," . High school, or secondary school, is the last segment of compulsory education in Hong Kong, United States, Australia, Canada, China, Korea and Japan. ... Wilkes Central High School is a public high school (grades 9-12) located in Moravian Falls, North Carolina. ... Middle school and junior high school cover a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education and serve as a bridge between them. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Wilkes Community College (WCC) is a public, coeducational community college within the North Carolina Community College System. ... ... The North Carolina Community College System is a statewide network of fifty-eight (58) public community colleges and one technology center. Each college has a distinct governance system and policies. ... MerleFest is an annual Americana music festival held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina by Wilkes Community College at the end of April. ...


Wine region

Wilkes County is part of the Yadkin Valley wine region. The Yadkin Valley wine region, formally known as the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, is a relatively new wine-growing region in northwestern North Carolina. ...


Famous Natives

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Combatants Patriot militia Loyalist militia Commanders William Campbell, John Sevier, Frederick Hambright, Joseph McDowell, Benjamin Cleveland, James Williams†, Isaac Shelby Patrick Ferguson† Strength 900 (+500 nearby) 1,100 (+200 nearby) Casualties 28 killed (including James Williams), 62 wounded 157 killed, 163 wounded, 698 captured (nine of the captured were later... Note: this is not the William Lenoir that Lenoir County, North Carolina is named after. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Gov. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... For other uses, see Andrew Jackson (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,898 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ... A painting of Chang and Eng Bunker, circa 1836 Chang Bunker and Eng Bunker (May 11, 1811–January 17, 1874) were the twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term Siamese twins. ... 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Trivia

Wilkes County was once known as the "Moonshine Capital of the World", and was a leading producer of illegal homemade liquor. From the 1920s to the 1950s some young Wilkes County males made their living by delivering moonshine to North Carolina's larger towns and cities. Since this often involved outrunning local police and federal agents in auto chases, the county became one of the birthplaces of the sport of stock car racing. The North Wilkesboro Speedway, opened in 1947, was the first NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) track. As noted above, Wilkes County native and resident Junior Johnson was one of the early superstars of NASCAR, as well as a legendary moonshiner. Johnson was turned into a national celebrity by the writer Tom Wolfe in a classic 1965 article for Esquire magazine. Wolfe's article was later turned into the 1973 movie The Last American Hero, starring Jeff Bridges and Valerie Perrine. Benny Parsons and Jimmy Pardue were two other well-known NASCAR drivers from Wilkes. Unfortunately, the North Wilkesboro Speedway was closed following the 1996 NASCAR season after two new owners moved North Wilkesboro's races to their tracks in Texas and New Hampshire. However, a group called "Save the Speedway" has been working towards purchasing the track and reopening it for auto racing. Look up Moonshine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... NEXTEL Cup drivers practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly in the United States and Great Britain held largely on oval rings of between approximately a quarter-mile and 2. ... North Wilkesboro Speedway is a short track which held races in NASCARs top three series from NASCARs inception in 1949 until its closure in 1996. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Robert Glen Johnson, Jr. ... Thomas Kennerly Wolfe (born March 2, 1931 in Richmond, Virginia), known as Tom Wolfe, is a best-selling American author and journalist. ... George Lois cover design for Esquire (May 1969) Esquire is a magazine for men owned by the Hearst Corporation. ... The Last American Hero (also known as Hard Driver) is a 1973 sports drama film based on the true story of American NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. ... Jeffrey Leon Bridges (born December 4, 1949) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... On the cover of Playboy, August 1981 Valerie Ritchie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress and model. ... Benny Parsons (born July 12, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American NASCAR announcer/analyst on NBC and TNT. He became famous as the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup (now NEXTEL Cup) champion. ... Jimmy Pardue is a former racecar driver. ... Texas Motor Speedway is a superspeedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas -- the portion located in Denton County, Texas. ... New Hampshire International Speedway is a 1. ...


As noted above, another well-known Wilkes native was Tom Dula (Dooley), a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War who was tried and hanged shortly after the war for the murder of his fiancée, Laura Foster. To this day many people believe that one of Dula's jealous ex-girlfriends murdered Laura Foster, and that Dula was innocent of the crime. The case was given nationwide publicity by newspapers such as The New York Times, and thus became a folk legend in the rural South. Dula's legend was popularized in 1958 by the top-selling Kingston Trio song "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley." Dula's story was also turned into a 1959 movie starring Michael Landon as Dula, and each summer the Wilkes Playmakers present a popular play based on the story. In 2001, Tom Dula was acquitted of all charges after a petition was sent around Wilkes County and to the county seat. Tom Dooley is an old North Carolina folk song based on a historical event. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... The Kingston Trio is an American folk group, perhaps the single most prominent one. ... Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, singer, producer, and director, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. ...


In 1988 legendary folk music guitarist Doc Watson and singer Bill Young started the Merlefest music festival in Wilkesboro, the county seat. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, and named in honor of Doc's late son Merle Watson, Merlefest has grown into the largest folk and bluegrass music festival in the United States, drawing over 85,000 music fans each year. Wilkes County is also home to the annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, which is held in downtown North Wilkesboro in October. The festival, which attracts over 160,000 visitors each year, is one of the largest single-day arts and crafts fairs in the Southern United States. Doc Watson Merle Watson, c. ... MerleFest is an annual Americana music festival held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina by Wilkes Community College at the end of April. ... Wilkesboro is a town located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ... The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is a one-day arts and crafts fair held annually in downtown North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. ...


A curious political fact about Wilkes County is that it is one of the few counties in the Southern United States which has never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. The county's strong affiliation with the Republican Party dates from the American Civil War, when most of the county's residents opposed secession and the Confederacy, and viewed the Democratic Party as being the "pro-secession" party. During the Civil War people in neighboring counties often called Wilkes County "The Old United States", in reference to the county's pro-Union sentiment. Although the county is heavily Republican, and African-Americans make up less than 5% of the county's population, in 2002 the county's voters elected Luther Parks as a county commissioner. Parks, a Democrat, is the first African-American to hold a county office. He received more votes than any other candidate. In 2006 Parks was re-elected, and again he received the largest number of votes. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


Despite its rural character and small population, Wilkes County has been the birthplace of numerous large industries. Lowe's, the second-largest chain of home-improvement stores in the nation (after The Home Depot) was started in Wilkes County in 1946. Until recently Lowe's had its corporate headquarters in Wilkes County, but the company has since relocated its headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, a fast-growing suburb of Charlotte. However, Lowe's still maintains a large number of corporate offices in the county. Other industries which started in Wilkes County are Lowes Foods (now headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and The Northwestern Bank, which was once North Carolina's fourth-largest banking chain until it was merged with the Wachovia Bank in Charlotte. The Carolina Mirror Company, still in North Wilkesboro, was for many years the largest mirror factory in the United States. Holly Farms, in Wilkesboro, was the largest poultry producer in the Southeastern United States until it was bought by Tyson Foods. Wilkes County remains one of the largest producers of poultry in the Eastern United States. Like many places in North Carolina, Wilkes County has suffered in the last quarter-century from the closing of many of its textile and furniture factories, which have moved to low-wage locations in Latin America and Asia. “Lowes” redirects here. ... The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products. ... Mooresville is a town in Iredell County, North Carolina, U.S.A. The population was 18,823 at the 2000 census. ... Nickname: Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Government  - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area  - City  280. ... Lowes Foods (not to be confused with Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse) is a grocery store chain based in Winston-Salem, NC. The company has stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. ... Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State North Carolina Counties Forsyth County Founded Incorporated 1766 (Salem) 1849 (Winston) 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... One Wachovia Tower in headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina Wachovia Corporation (NYSE: WB), based in Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the largest banking chains in the United States. ... North Wilkesboro is a town in Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States. ... Tyson Foods, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ...


Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 65,632 people, 26,650 households, and 19,321 families residing in the county. The population density was 33/km² (87/mi²). There were 29,261 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.95% White, 4.16% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 3.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 26,650 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.87. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.


The median income for a household in the county was $34,258, and the median income for a family was $40,607. Males had a median income of $27,346 versus $21,089 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,516. About 8.80% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Cities and towns

Map of Wilkes County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Wilkes County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

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Unincorporated CDPs

A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Cricket is a census-designated place located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ... Fairplains is a census-designated place located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ... Hays is a census-designated place located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ... Millers Creek is a census-designated place located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ... Moravian Falls is a census-designated place (CDP) in Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States. ... Mulberry is a census-designated place located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ... Pleasant Hill is a census-designated place located in Wilkes County, North Carolina. ...

Wilkes County Chambers of Commerce

External Links

Coordinates: 36°12′N 81°10′W / 36.20, -81.17 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Wilkes County, North Carolina in Official Civil War Correspondence (16742 words)
GENERAL: I enclose you herewith a letter from Lieutenant Peden, referred by the Governor of North Carolina to the honorable Secretary of War, relative to the organization of deserters in Wilkes County, in that State, and the means by which it is proposed to remedy this formidable and growing evil.
I desire to send on this mission a regiment of North Carolina troops from Brigadier-General Ransom's command, and a squadron of cavalry from the troops under Jenkins, and a regiment of North Carolina troops from the Army of Northern Virginia, the whole to be under the command of a good officer.
As to the allegation that the great body of the people of North Carolina have been "suspected" by their Government, which you deny and invite me to specify wherein it is evident, I deem the facts just alluded to-the exclusion of the anti-secessionists from office, both civil and military--sufficient proof.
Wilkes County, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1081 words)
Wilkes County is located on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a part of the Appalachian Mountains chain.
The largest river in Wilkes County is the Yadkin, which runs between the Brushy Mountains in the south and the Blue Ridge foothills to the north.
Wilkes County was once known as the "Moonshine Capital of the World", and was a leading producer of illegal homemade liquor.
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