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Watauga, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Watauga had a population of 459 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Watauga is located at latitude 36.3692 and longitude -82.293 in Carter County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watauga (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.81 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Carter County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,453 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Watauga are located in Carter County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Washington County.

The City of Watauga (GNIS ID: 2405683) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Watauga is located within Commissioner District 3, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carter County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Watauga population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Watauga: Carters Depot, Carters Station.

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Watauga, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 459
Daytime Population: Workers 110
Daytime Population: Residents 221
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 331
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.72
Population in Households 459
Population in Familes 373
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 565
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $37,243
Average Household Income $56,413
Per Capita Income $24,070


Total Housing Units 209 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 136 (65.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 51 (24.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 23 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $135,227
Average Home Value $153,333


Total Households 186
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 127
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.03% 0.04%
Households 0.07% 0.11%
Families 0.33% 0.0%
Median Household Income   4.37%
Per Capita Income   3.78%

Watauga, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watauga to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 360 16th
Population Density # 197 54th
Diversity Index # 234 45th
Median Household Income # 260 40th
Per Capita Income # 142 67th

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