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The county was formed in 1850 from the part of Surry County south of the Yadkin River, for which it was named.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 874 km² (337 mi²). 869 km² (336 mi²) of it is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.57% water.
The county is divided into twelve townships: Boonville, Deep Creek, East Bend, Forbush, North Buck Shoals, North Fall Creek, North Knobs, North Liberty, South Buck Shoals, South Fall Creek, South Knobs, and South Liberty.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 36,348 people, 14,505 households, and 10,588 families residing in the county. The population density is 42/km² (108/mi²). There are 15,821 housing units at an average density of 18/km² (47/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 92.54% White, 3.43% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.91% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 6.48% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 14,505 households out of which 32.10% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% are married couples living together, 9.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% are non-families. 24.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.92.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $36,660, and the median income for a family is $43,758. Males have a median income of $29,589 versus $22,599 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,576. 10.00% of the population and 7.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.90% are under the age of 18 and 17.40% are 65 or older.