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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    C
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Watauga County is located in North Carolina with a population of 53,421. Watauga County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Watauga County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Watauga County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Watauga County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$240,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$822
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Watauga County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    101.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    45.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    28.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    279.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,691.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    30%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Watauga County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,541
National
$55,322

Watauga County Reviews

1 review
Watauga offers various opportunities, especially in the form of Appalachian State. This university provides students, faculty and locals a chance to connect, network, and build a sense of community that is unique among small-town communities as well as college-town communities. Boone specifically has begun to grow through the college as well as through businesses. I would like to see more interaction among the college students and local communities in this county.
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