Fayetteville, North Carolina Population 2018

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 – just to name a few. Prior even to this, other indigenous people inhabited 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 were given the name Fayetteville.

The 1780s brought a lot of 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, there were about 3,500 residents 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 in order 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 really 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 Demographics

Fayetteville’s population is estimated to surpass 204,000 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.

Breaking down the population by race shows that the city is 45.7% white, 41.9% black, 2.6% Asian, 4.9% Mixed Race, and over 10% of inhabitants are Hispanic or Latino. 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 very low 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 big 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.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017209,889-1,045-0.50%
2016210,9341,2200.58%
2015209,714-375-0.18%
2014210,089-944-0.45%
2013211,0332,1561.03%
2012208,8771120.05%
2011208,7654470.21%
2010208,31887,30372.14%
2000121,01545,32059.87%
199075,69516,18827.20%
198059,5075,99711.21%
197053,5106,40413.59%
196047,10612,39135.69%
195034,71517,28799.19%
194017,4284,37933.56%
193013,0494,17247.00%
19208,8771,83226.00%
19107,0452,37550.86%
19004,67044810.61%
18904,22273721.15%
18803,485-1,175-25.21%
18704,660-130-2.71%
18604,7901443.10%
18504,6463618.42%
18404,2851,41749.41%
18302,868-664-18.80%
18203,5320.00%

Fayetteville Population in 2018Source: KMayner78 at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White93,360
Black or African American85,502
Two or More Races11,513
Asian5,651
Some Other Race5,238
American Indian and Alaska Native1,869
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander537

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fayetteville Population Pyramid 2018

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Fayetteville Median Age

30.7


Total

28.9


Male

33.2


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 159,306 adults in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Age Dependency

54.7

Age Dependency Ratio

17.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Fayetteville Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.4
Houses Without Mortgage
11,231
Houses With Mortgage
25,355
Vacancy Rate
15
Median Rent
884
Median Home Value
127,500
Renter-Occupied Units
42,293
Owner-Occupied Units
36,586
Total Housing Units
92,783

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Fayetteville for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.4% and the labor force participation rate is 65%.

Fayetteville Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.46
Average Family Size
3.14
Total Households
78879
Married Couple Households
31455
Male Householder (no wife) Families
3215
Female Householder (no husband) Families
14265
Non Family Households
29944
Total Families
48935
Households With Own Children
22293
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
4.2
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3

Fayetteville Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
6,655
$10,000 to $14,999
4,426
$15,000 to $24,999
9,408
$25,000 to $34,999
10,680
$35,000 to $49,999
13,569
$50,000 to $74,999
15,668
$75,000 to $99,999
8,161
$100,000 to $149,999
6,890
$150,000 to $199,999
1,856
Over $200,000
1,566

Fayetteville Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Fayetteville

North Carolina

$43,882

$48,256

$56,778

$67,367

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Fayetteville Education Data

Fayetteville Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
3,5152.79%
9th to 12th Grade
7,5385.98%
High School Graduate
30,05123.85%
Some College
38,48730.54%
Associates Degree
14,24411.30%
Bachelors Degree
20,88416.57%
Graduate Degree
11,2928.96%