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 Annual 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%
2010208,31887,3035.58%
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%

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

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fayetteville Median Age

30.7


Total

28.9


Male

33.2


Female

Fayetteville Adults

There are 154,586 adults, (22,811 of which are seniors) in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Age Dependency

54.7

Age Dependency Ratio

17.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Fayetteville Sex Ratio

Female

103,532

50.83%

Male

100,138

49.17%

Fayetteville Households and Families

Fayetteville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fayetteville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married60.4%39.6%
All46.4%53.6%
Male39.6%60.4%
Non Family37.8%62.2%
Female35%65%

46.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fayetteville Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All78,8792.4646.4
Married31,4553.1360.4
Non Family29,9441.2137.8
Female14,2653.3935
Male3,2153.439.6

3.14

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

4.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fayetteville Households

Fayetteville Education

Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5152.79%
9th to 12th Grade7,5385.98%
High School Graduate30,05123.85%
Some College38,48730.54%
Associates Degree14,24411.30%
Bachelors Degree20,88416.57%
Graduate Degree11,2928.96%

Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black53,37847,85611,621
White53,20250,13216,184
Hispanic11,93510,5412,244
Asian4,0413,3171,278
Multiple Races3,8433,555892
Other Race2,6362,327463
Native American1,2131,006180
Islander407371

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 31.63%.

Fayetteville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,363$36,592$26,264
Less Than High School$15,461$17,483$13,181
High School Grad$24,256$26,818$20,056
Some College$29,875$36,033$22,557
Bachelors Degree$41,535$51,280$34,424
Graduate Degree$56,250$73,241$50,719

$31,363

Average Earnings

$36,592

Average Male

$26,264

Average Female

Fayetteville Language

Fayetteville Language by Age

Fayetteville Language

87.55% of Fayetteville residents speak only English, while 12.45% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.14% of the population.

Fayetteville Poverty

Fayetteville Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black82,21920,91025.43%
White75,5348,58311.36%
Hispanic22,3764,06018.14%
Multiple10,6291,98518.68%
Other4,8411,02921.26%
Asian5,2794658.81%
Native1,69538122.48%

18.38%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.94%

Male Poverty Rate

20.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fayetteville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Black, with 25.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Asian, with 8.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.62%.

Fayetteville Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.49%
High School18.04%
Some College13.26%
Bachelors or Greater4.85%

Fayetteville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.36%
Male Unemployed35.56%
Female Employed13.04%
Male Employed7.69%

Fayetteville Income

Fayetteville Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,882$56,778
Families$50,724$64,167
Married Families$64,740$79,163
Non Families$31,923$42,112

Fayetteville Marital Status

Fayetteville Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.4%

Male Marriage Rate

41.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Fayetteville Married by Age and Sex

Fayetteville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Fayetteville Marital Status by Race

Fayetteville Veterans

Fayetteville Veterans by War

28,385

Number of Veterans

22,590

Male Veterans

5,795

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Second Gulf War11,728
First Gulf War11,211
Vietnam8,066
Korea1,301
World War II377

Fayetteville Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 549,247
55 to 646,299
18 to 345,881
65 to 743,891
75+3,067

Fayetteville Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White13,52122.16%
Black13,07321.74%
Hispanic2,46720.08%
2 or More57812.46%
Other53717.53%
Asian3568.29%
Indian19114.26%
Hawaiian12927.86%

Fayetteville Veterans by Education

8.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.55%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fayetteville Employment Status

Fayetteville Employment by Age

65%

Labor Force Participation

46.4%

Employment Rate

12.1%

Unemployment Rate

Fayetteville Employment by Race

Fayetteville Employment by Education

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

41.97%

Born in North Carolina

93.50%

Native Born

6.50%

Foreign Born

2.75%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.50% of Fayetteville residents were born in the United States, with 41.97% having been born in North Carolina. 2.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.