While the basic statistics below demonstrate some of the quantitative measures of the workforce, they fail to capture some of the most important, yet most immeasurable, employee characteristics that are crucial to business success such as a strong work ethic, dedication, loyalty, and workplace pride. Decades of manufacturing history and experience have made these vital qualities prevalent in the people who live and work here, and are evident in the production achievements our manufacturers enjoy today. Please take a look at some testimonials from area industry leaders about how important the Ashe County workforce is to their success, and come see first-hand why locating your business here is the smart decision.

Work Force Information

Regional Workforce (Ashe, Wilkes, Watauga) 69,535
Ashe 12,980
Ashe Unemployment Annual Rate 3.7%

Source:  NC Department of Commerce

Estimated Income and Earning Characteristics

2019 (Most recent Census data)
Median Family Income $53,859
Median Household Income $41,542
Population with Income Below Poverty Level                               14.6%
Median Workers Earnings $26,694
Per Capita Income $36,426

Educational Attainment by Population 25+ 

High School Graduate 17,328 80.3%
At Least a Bachelor's Degree  4,002 19.7% 

Source:  NC Department of Commerce