Watauga county is at the heart of the High Country. With a low annual unemployment rate, a major state university, and a flourishing ski industry, the county's economy is promising.

Appalachian State University makes the largest economical impact on the area, around 408 million per year. Tourism, the ski industry, and Christmas tree farms are other major contributors to the area's economy.

More demographic Information provided below:

 
PEOPLE:
 
Population, 2003 estimate
Under 18, 2000
Over 65, 2000
Female, 2000
White, 2000
African American, 2000
Asian, 2000
Hispanic or Latino, 2000
High school graduates, 2000
Bachelor's degree or higher, 2000
Homeownership rate, 2000
Per capita money income, 1999
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999
42,808
16.3%11%50.2%96.5%1.6%0.6%1.5%81.6%33.2%
62.9%
$17,258
17.9%
BUSINESS & GEOGRAPHY:
 
Private nonfarm employment, 2001
Manufacturers shipments, 1997 ($1000)
Retail sales, 1997 ($1000)
Retail sales per capita, 1997
Federal funds and grants, 2002 ($1000)
Land area, 2000 (square miles)
Persons per square mile, 2000

* Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts
16,295
97,431
519,808
$12,766
143,429
313
136.6
 

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