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Wilkes Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to our wonderful community located in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Wilkes County is a land with a legacy of hardworking people. The community is one that is thriving and continually growing, while maintaining its high environmental standards and pristine beauty.

Lying along the eastern slope of the mountain range, Wilkes County is conveniently located and easily accessible to major interstates leading to North Carolina’s larger cities – Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. People move here for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it is an excellent place to live, do business, and raise a family. Many are seeking a hospitable place that blends charming hometowns and warm, friendly neighbors. In Wilkes, people find added dimensions of life not commonly seen in other communities of its size such as culture, arts, entertainment, festivals and a host of diversions that make life interesting. Also, one can find a high quality educational system in which their children may learn and grow.

Wilkes County Profile


Population of Wilkes County

Town of North Wilkesboro

Town of Ronda

Town of Wilkesboro

Square Miles (land)

2020 Estimated Median Household Income

2017 Estimated Per Capita Income

Property Tax Rates:

(per $100 valuation)

County: $0.66

North Wilkesboro: $0.52

Ronda: $0.35

Wilkesboro: $0.48


Wilkes County’s climate is varied due to the wide elevation ranges present.

In the lower elevation, temperatures are as follows:

Average Annual Temperature: 56°F

January Average Temperature: 51°F

July Average Temperature: 87°F

Average Rainfall Per Year: 50"

Average Snowfall Per Year: 10"


North Wilkesboro: 1,190 feet above sea level

Ronda: 958 feet above sea level

Wilkesboro: 1,042 feet above sea level

Thompkins Knob, the highest point in the county, rises to 4,079 feet

Wilkes County Offices: (336) 651-7300      

County Manager:

John Yates

County Commissioners

Stoney Greene, (Chairman)​​

Casey Joe Johnson (Vice Chairman)

Giddeon Keith Elmore

Bill Sexton

Greg Minton

  • Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center 336-651-8100
  • Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (336) 527-7000
  • Wilkes County Health Dept. 336-651-7450
  • Wilkes County Public Library 336-838-2818
  • Clerk of Superior Court 336-667-1201
  • of Social Services 336-651-7400
  • NC Dept. of Motor Vehicles 336-838-7090
  • NC Driver’s License Office 336-838-4725
  • NC Employment Security Comm. (NC Works) 336-838-5164
  • NC License Plate Agency 336-903-1283
  • Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office 336-903-7600
  • North Wilkesboro Police Dept. 336-838-3158
  • Wilkesboro Police Dept. 336-667-7277
  • Social Security Administration 866-331-2298
  • United Way of Wilkes County 336-651-7800
  • Wilkes County Animal Shelter 336-903-7688
  • Wilkes County Crime Stoppers 336-667-8900

County of Wilkes

Town of North Wilkesboro

Town of Ronda

Town of Wilkesboro

Wilkes Economic Development

Wilkesboro Tourism Development Authority

Useful Links for Relocation


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