Fayetteville, North Carolina Population 2019

Fayetteville is a city located in North Carolina. It serves as the county seat for Cumberland County. This award-winning city is most known for being the home of Fort Bragg. Fayetteville has a population of 204,759 people according to recent estimates, making it the fifth most populous city in North Carolina. It is the largest city by population in the southeastern region of the state.

Fayetteville History

Before the city of Fayetteville was settled by Europeans, it was first inhabited by many tribes, including the Shakori, Waccamaw and Eno tribes – to name a few. Prior even to this, other indigenous people occupied the land for over 12,000 years. Settlement in the area around the Cape Fear River was encouraged following the Tuscarora and Yamasee Wars. Scots were the first Europeans to settle the area. They created two settlements – Cross Creek and Campbellton. In 1783, the two settlements were unified and given the name Fayetteville.

The 1780s brought much activity to Fayetteville. It was here where the US Constitution was ratified. The first church was built in the late 1700s by Henry Evans. By 1820, about 3,500 residents were living in Fayetteville. While this was a large number, it still trailed behind Wilmington. Fayetteville had a setback in 1831 with a “Great Fire” that destroyed homes, businesses and public buildings. The leaders of Fayetteville reacted quickly to rebuild the city.

In 1865, Fayetteville was attacked during the civil war. Foundries and factories were destroyed during this attack. During World War II, Fort Brag became the site of the Field Artillery and served as a base to approximately 5,000 soldiers. It was in 2008 when the city of Fayetteville annexed most of Fort Bragg, which significantly increased its population.

In the 20th century was when Fayetteville’s population began to grow. Cumberland County’s population soared by 43%. As the city’s population continued to grow, so did the city itself with the construction of new suburban homes, shopping centers, and other structures.

Today, the city is working on multiple revitalization projects throughout the city, particularly its downtown area. It continues to bring in visitors and residents with the addition of parks, museums, retail shops, and other attractions. The city is home to many large companies including Wal-Mart and General Dynamics. The city itself continues to grow, as do the surrounding suburban areas.

Fayetteville Population and Labor Statistics

Fayetteville’s population is estimated to surpass 209,000 people spread across over 147 square miles. The city’s population at the time of the last census in 2010 shows that Fayetteville is the 110th most populous state in the United States.

There are more females than males living in Fayetteville – for every 100 females; there are 93.6 males. The largest age group is the 25 to 44 group, making up over 28% of the population. Following closely behind are residents that are under the age of 18, making up over one-quarter of the total population. Over 9% of the population is at least 65 years old. Over 18% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Fort Bragg and Pope Field drive Fayetteville’s economy, bringing in about $4.5 billion annually. The city is also a hub in the region for health care, entertainment, services, lodging, and shops. Fayetteville has a meager unemployment rate. Fort Bragg is the city’s largest employer, providing jobs to over 15,000 people. Other top employers in Fayetteville include the Cumberland County Public School System, Cape Fear Valley Health System, Wal-Mart and Good Year Tire.

Fayetteville Population Growth

The city has seen impressive population growth throughout the years. Despite some drops in population during the 1800s, the 1900s and 2000s have brought nothing but growth. The city passed 50,000 residents by the time of the 1970 census. This number had risen significantly in 1990, with the population showing over 75,000 residents. The 2000 census reflected even more growth, pushing the total population count past 121,000. The annexation of Fort Bragg contributed to a significant increase by the next census, which recorded more than 200,000 living in Fayetteville. Recent estimates show that the population boom has dropped off a bit, growing just 2.1% since the last census in 2010. However, the low unemployment rates, Fort Bragg and other employment opportunities, and the revitalization of Fayetteville are sure to help continue to boost these rates into the future.

How Many People Live in Fayetteville, North Carolina?

209,468
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018209,4682530.12%
2017209,215-1,911-0.91%
2016211,1261,5020.72%
2015209,624-455-0.22%
2014210,079-972-0.46%
2013211,0512,1781.04%
2012208,8731450.07%
2011208,7283930.19%
2010208,33587,3205.58%
2000121,01545,3204.80%
199075,69516,1882.44%
198059,5075,9971.07%
197053,5106,4041.28%
196047,10612,3913.10%
195034,71517,2877.13%
194017,4284,3792.94%
193013,0494,1723.93%
19208,8771,8322.34%
19107,0452,3754.20%
19004,6704481.01%
18904,2227371.94%
18803,485-1,175-2.86%
18704,660-130-0.27%
18604,7901440.31%
18504,6463610.81%
18404,2851,4174.10%
18302,868-664-2.06%
18203,5320.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018387,0941,7140.44%
2017385,380-893-0.23%
2016386,2732,2670.59%
2015384,006350.01%
2014383,971-169-0.04%
2013384,1403,6970.96%
2012380,4435120.13%
2011379,9315,2401.38%
2010374,6910.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White96,641
Black or African American87,364
Two or More Races12,259
Asian6,051
Some Other Race5,438
American Indian and Alaska Native1,889
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander682

Fayetteville Population Pyramid 2019

Fayetteville Median Age

30


Total

28


Male

32.9


Female

Fayetteville Adults

There are 161,119 adults, (23,563 of whom are seniors) in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Age Dependency

52.9

Age Dependency Ratio

17.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Fayetteville Sex Ratio

Female

104,282

49.58%

Male

106,042

50.42%

Fayetteville Households and Families

Fayetteville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fayetteville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60.1%39.9%
All45.2%54.8%
Non Family35.8%64.2%
Female35%65%
Male33.8%66.2%

45.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All80,4512.4545.2
Married31,7463.1360.1
Non Family31,6151.2135.8
Female13,8653.4835
Male3,2253.3933.8

3.16

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fayetteville Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5622.78%
9th to 12th Grade7,6946.00%
High School Graduate30,56723.85%
Some College39,09730.51%
Associates Degree13,87910.83%
Bachelors Degree21,99117.16%
Graduate Degree11,3548.86%

Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black54,35249,02412,122
White53,31750,15216,377
Hispanic12,39710,8372,546
Multiple Races4,3403,9641,029
Asian4,1823,4711,433
Other Race2,7492,387452
Native American1,179946146
Islander41736824

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.06%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.27%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,248$36,224$26,220
Less Than High School$16,317$19,534$13,336
High School Grad$24,343$26,706$19,969
Some College$29,594$35,211$22,345
Bachelors Degree$41,135$52,485$33,938
Graduate Degree$59,398$73,555$53,230

$31,248

Average Earnings

$36,224

Average Male

$26,220

Average Female

Fayetteville Language

Fayetteville Language by Age

Fayetteville Language

87.41% of Fayetteville residents speak only English, while 12.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.33% of the population.

Fayetteville Poverty

Fayetteville Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black83,62721,61325.84%
White75,6909,34212.34%
Hispanic23,2304,64419.99%
Multiple11,0062,30720.96%
Other4,6761,16424.89%
Asian5,58157410.28%
Native1,65440324.37%
Islander6267712.30%

19.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.00%

Male Poverty Rate

21.36%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fayetteville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Black, with 25.84% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Asian, with 10.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.90%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.41%
High School19.75%
Some College13.67%
Bachelors or Greater5.38%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.53%
Male Unemployed39.87%
Female Employed13.60%
Male Employed8.52%

Fayetteville Income

Fayetteville Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,439$57,059
Families$50,884$65,170
Married Families$65,838$80,420
Non Families$31,435$42,071

Fayetteville Marital Status

Fayetteville Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.5%

Male Marriage Rate

41.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Fayetteville Married by Age and Sex

Fayetteville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Fayetteville Marital Status by Race

Fayetteville Veterans

28,562

Number of Veterans

22,721

Male Veterans

5,841

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War12,300
First Gulf War11,240
Vietnam7,699
Korea1,166
World War II283
Age Group Veterans
35 to 549,259
55 to 646,427
18 to 346,041
65 to 743,967
75+2,868

Fayetteville Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White13,48621.90%
Black12,99421.18%
Hispanic2,62320.44%
2 or More77515.15%
Other59818.78%
Asian3748.40%
Indian21617.38%
Hawaiian11922.50%

Fayetteville Veterans by Education

8.46%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.68%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fayetteville Employment Status

66.1%

Labor Force Participation

46.2%

Employment Rate

10.8%

Unemployment Rate

Fayetteville Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

41.65%

Born in North Carolina

93.36%

Native Born

6.64%

Foreign Born

2.67%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.36% of Fayetteville residents were born in the United States, with 41.65% having been born in North Carolina. 2.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.