are pleased to announce the publication of our report on poverty in Wilkes
County! Many thanks to our local partners who made this report possible.
The report turns to data and interviews to detail the tough times faced by the county in recent years. Once the headquarters of Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowes Foods, one of North Carolina's largest banks and numerous homegrown manufacturers, Wilkes was hit hard by globalization, economic dislocation and the wrenching effects of two recessions. Between 2000 and 2014, it suffered the second largest drop in median household income in the nation, mostly due to job loss.