|Watauga County North Carolina Cities/Towns - Blowing Rock, Boone (County Seat), Meat Camp, North Fork
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Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2016, the population was 53,922. Its county seat is Boone.
The county was formed in 1849. It was named for the Watauga River, whose name is said to be a Native American word meaning "beautiful water."