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North Carolina Census Data: Population & Housing Density

Population, Areas, and Housing Density for North Carolina counties are shown in this easy-to-read table and chart combination.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Census.


North Carolina Census Data: Population & Housing Density
LocationPopulationHousing unitsArea in square milesDensity per square mile of land areaLocation
Total areaWater areaLand areaPopulationHousing units
United States

281,421,906

115,904,641

3,794,083.06

256,644.62

3,537,438.44

79.6

32.8

United States
North Carolina

8,049,313

3,523,944

53,818.51

5,107.63

48,710.88

165.2

72.3

North Carolina
Alamance Co.130,80055,463434.774.78429.99304.2129.0Alamance Co.
Alexander Co.33,60314,098263.142.95260.18129.254.2Alexander Co.
Alleghany Co.10,6776,412235.520.87234.6545.527.3Alleghany Co.
Anson Co.25,27510,221537.135.56531.5747.519.2Anson Co.
Ashe Co.24,38413,268426.780.65426.1357.231.1Ashe Co.
Avery Co.17,16711,911247.210.20247.0069.548.2Avery Co.
Beaufort Co.44,95822,139958.69130.72827.9754.326.7Beaufort Co.
Bertie Co.19,7739,050741.2242.03699.1928.312.9Bertie Co.
Bladen Co.32,27815,316887.1312.19874.9436.917.5Bladen Co.
Brunswick Co.73,14351,4311,050.01195.21854.7985.660.2Brunswick Co.
Buncombe Co.206,33093,973659.803.81655.99314.5143.3Buncombe Co.
Burke Co.89,14837,427514.898.17506.72175.973.9Burke Co.
Cabarrus Co.131,06352,848364.980.59364.39359.7145.0Cabarrus Co.
Caldwell Co.77,41533,430474.292.70471.60164.270.9Caldwell Co.
Camden Co.6,8852,973305.7065.02240.6828.612.4Camden Co.
Carteret Co.59,38340,9471,340.53820.68519.84114.278.8Carteret Co.
Caswell Co.23,5019,601428.433.76424.6755.322.6Caswell Co.
Catawba Co.141,68559,919413.5113.54399.97354.2149.8Catawba Co.
Chatham Co.49,32921,358709.0526.19682.8572.231.3Chatham Co.
Cherokee Co.24,29813,499466.6811.49455.1953.429.7Cherokee Co.
Chowan Co.14,5266,443233.3160.67172.6484.137.3Chowan Co.
Clay Co.8,7755,425220.605.89214.7040.925.3Clay Co.
Cleveland Co.96,28740,317468.603.97464.63207.286.8Cleveland Co.
Columbus Co.54,74924,060953.6016.80936.8058.425.7Columbus Co.
Craven Co.91,43638,150774.1465.72708.43129.153.9Craven Co.
Cumberland Co.302,963118,425658.465.74652.72464.2181.4Cumberland Co.
Currituck Co.18,19010,687525.65263.95261.7069.540.8Currituck Co.
Dare Co.29,96726,6711,561.511,177.93383.5878.169.5Dare Co.
Davidson Co.147,24662,432566.7714.62552.15266.7113.1Davidson Co.
Davie Co.34,83514,953266.891.70265.18131.456.4Davie Co.
LocationPopulationHousing unitsArea in square milesDensity per square mile of land areaLocation
Total areaWater areaLand areaPopulationHousing units
United States

281,421,906

115,904,641

3,794,083.06

256,644.62

3,537,438.44

79.6

32.8

United States
North Carolina

8,049,313

3,523,944

53,818.51

5,107.63

48,710.88

165.2

72.3

North Carolina
Duplin Co.49,06320,520819.111.38817.7360.025.1Duplin Co.
Durham Co.223,31495,452297.797.47290.32769.2328.8Durham Co.
Edgecombe Co.55,60624,002506.581.55505.03110.147.5Edgecombe Co.
Forsyth Co.306,067133,093412.923.32409.60747.2324.9Forsyth Co.
Franklin Co.47,26020,364494.592.57492.0296.141.4Franklin Co.
Gaston Co.190,36578,842363.547.33356.21534.4221.3Gaston Co.
Gates Co.10,5164,389345.605.00340.6130.912.9Gates Co.
Graham Co.7,9935,084301.609.53292.0727.417.4Graham Co.
Granville Co.48,49817,896536.565.45531.1291.333.7Granville Co.
Greene Co.18,9747,368265.890.49265.4071.527.8Greene Co.
Guilford Co.421,048180,391657.708.28649.42648.3277.8Guilford Co.
Halifax Co.57,37025,309731.355.99725.3679.134.9Halifax Co.
Harnett Co.91,02538,605601.306.29595.01153.064.9Harnett Co.
Haywood Co.54,03328,640554.620.96553.6697.651.7Haywood Co.
Henderson Co.89,17342,996375.041.04374.00238.4115.0Henderson Co.
Hertford Co.22,6019,724360.427.16353.2664.027.5Hertford Co.
Hoke Co.33,64612,518392.341.12391.2186.032.0Hoke Co.
Hyde Co.5,8263,3021,424.00811.20612.809.55.4Hyde Co.
Iredell Co.122,66051,918597.0121.44575.57213.190.2Iredell Co.
Jackson Co.33,12119,291494.503.79490.7167.539.3Jackson Co.
Johnston Co.121,96550,196795.793.94791.85154.063.4Johnston Co.
Jones Co.10,3814,679473.321.44471.8822.09.9Jones Co.
Lee Co.49,04019,909259.332.07257.26190.677.4Lee Co.
Lenoir Co.59,64827,184402.092.24399.85149.268.0Lenoir Co.
Lincoln Co.63,78025,717307.038.24298.79213.586.1Lincoln Co.
McDowell Co.42,15118,377446.414.73441.6895.441.6McDowell Co.
Macon Co.29,81120,746519.473.00516.4757.740.2Macon Co.
Madison Co.19,6359,722451.592.17449.4243.721.6Madison Co.
Martin Co.25,59310,930461.490.32461.1755.523.7Martin Co.
Mecklenburg Co.695,454292,780546.2219.94526.281,321.5556.3Mecklenburg Co.
LocationPopulationHousing unitsArea in square milesDensity per square mile of land areaLocation
Total areaWater areaLand areaPopulationHousing units
United States

281,421,906

115,904,641

3,794,083.06

256,644.62

3,537,438.44

79.6

32.8

United States
North Carolina

8,049,313

3,523,944

53,818.51

5,107.63

48,710.88

165.2

72.3

North Carolina
Mitchell Co.15,6877,919222.140.71221.4370.835.8Mitchell Co.
Montgomery Co.26,82214,145501.6410.04491.6054.628.8Montgomery Co.
Moore Co.74,76935,151705.677.94697.74107.250.4Moore Co.
Nash Co.87,42037,051542.692.42540.27161.868.6Nash Co.
New Hanover Co.160,30779,616327.92128.98198.93805.8400.2New Hanover Co.
Northampton Co.22,08610,455550.6114.13536.4841.219.5Northampton Co.
Onslow Co.150,35555,726908.56141.74766.82196.172.7Onslow Co.
Orange Co.118,22749,289401.211.37399.84295.7123.3Orange Co.
Pamlico Co.12,9346,781566.23229.29336.9438.420.1Pamlico Co.
Pasquotank Co.34,89714,289289.4462.56226.88153.863.0Pasquotank Co.
Pender Co.41,08220,798932.6461.97870.6747.223.9Pender Co.
Perquimans Co.11,3686,043328.9381.76247.1746.024.4Perquimans Co.
Person Co.35,62315,504404.0911.78392.3190.839.5Person Co.
Pitt Co.133,79858,408654.773.19651.58205.389.6Pitt Co.
Polk Co.18,3249,192238.600.75237.8577.038.6Polk Co.
Randolph Co.130,45454,422789.932.57787.36165.769.1Randolph Co.
Richmond Co.46,56419,886479.585.60473.9898.242.0Richmond Co.
Robeson Co.123,33947,779951.032.19948.84130.050.4Robeson Co.
Rockingham Co.91,92840,208572.335.90566.44162.371.0Rockingham Co.
Rowan Co.130,34053,980523.8612.55511.31254.9105.6Rowan Co.
Rutherford Co.62,89929,535565.901.78564.12111.552.4Rutherford Co.
Sampson Co.60,16125,142947.452.01945.4563.626.6Sampson Co.
Scotland Co.35,99814,693320.641.50319.14112.846.0Scotland Co.
Stanly Co.58,10024,582404.269.20395.06147.162.2Stanly Co.
Stokes Co.44,71119,262455.894.05451.8499.042.6Stokes Co.
Surry Co.71,21931,033537.791.27536.52132.757.8Surry Co.
Swain Co.12,9687,105540.6412.54528.1024.613.5Swain Co.
Transylvania Co.29,33415,553380.562.17378.3977.541.1Transylvania Co.
Tyrrell Co.4,1492,032600.30210.39389.9110.65.2Tyrrell Co.
Union Co.123,67745,695639.592.22637.37194.071.7Union Co.
LocationPopulationHousing unitsArea in square milesDensity per square mile of land areaLocation
Total areaWater areaLand areaPopulationHousing units
United States

281,421,906

115,904,641

3,794,083.06

256,644.62

3,537,438.44

79.6

32.8

United States
North Carolina

8,049,313

3,523,944

53,818.51

5,107.63

48,710.88

165.2

72.3

North Carolina
Vance Co.42,95418,196269.8216.31253.52169.471.8Vance Co.
Wake Co.627,846258,953857.2625.33831.92754.7311.3Wake Co.
Warren Co.19,97210,548443.8015.09428.7046.624.6Warren Co.
Washington Co.13,7236,174424.3975.93348.4639.417.7Washington Co.
Watauga Co.42,69523,155312.730.22312.51136.674.1Watauga Co.
Wayne Co.113,32947,313556.694.12552.57205.185.6Wayne Co.
Wilkes Co.65,63229,261759.932.74757.1986.738.6Wilkes Co.
Wilson Co.73,81430,729374.263.17371.09198.982.8Wilson Co.
Yadkin Co.36,34815,821337.491.94335.55108.347.1Yadkin Co.
Yancey Co.17,7749,729313.110.65312.4556.931.1Yancey Co.

Reading the Chart:

The entries under the Area in square miles headings are areas.

The entries under the Population and Housing Units headings are totals.

The Density per square mile of land area values are derived by dividing the population (or housing unit) count by the land ares. For example, dividing the total US population of 281,421,906 by the total land area of 3,537,438.44 gives a density value of 79.6 people per square mile.

In this chart the length of all of the colored bars represent percentages of the highest value of any county in the state. For example, the county with the highest population will have a colored bar that fills the cell. A county with half that many people will have a colored bar that fills half the cell. The same method is used for the colored bars shown in the Area and Density table cells. For small percentages the bar does not appear.

Abbreviations used in location names: Co.=County, C.A.=Census Area, Pa.=Parish, Mu.=Municipio.

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