McDowell County, North Carolina Population 2019

McDowell County, North Carolina's estimated population is 45,164 with a growth rate of 0.63% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. McDowell County, North Carolina is the 56th largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201845,5073430.76%
201745,1642820.63%
201644,882-94-0.21%
201544,976-42-0.09%
201445,018-13-0.03%
201345,031280.06%
201245,003-48-0.11%
201145,051-47-0.10%
201045,0989,41726.39%
199035,6815461.55%
198035,1354,48714.64%
197030,6483,90614.61%
196026,7421,0223.97%
195025,7202,72411.85%
194022,9962,66013.08%
193020,3363,57321.31%
192016,7633,22523.82%
191013,5389717.73%
190012,5671,62814.88%
189010,9391,10311.21%
18809,8362,24429.56%
18707,5924726.63%
18607,12087413.99%
18506,2460.00%

McDowell County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White41,132
Black or African American1,735
Some Other Race1,237
Two or More Races444
Asian327
American Indian and Alaska Native181
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander13

McDowell County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2019

McDowell County, North Carolina Median Age

43.3


Total

40.9


Male

45.6


Female

McDowell County, North Carolina Adults

There are 35,708 adults, (8,521 of whom are seniors) in McDowell County, North Carolina.

McDowell County, North Carolina Age Dependency

65.8

Age Dependency Ratio

31.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.4

Child Dependency Ratio

McDowell County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

22,363

49.62%

Male

22,706

50.38%

McDowell County, North Carolina Households and Families

McDowell County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

McDowell County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.5%17.5%
All71.3%28.7%
Non Family62.8%37.2%
Female55.2%44.8%
Male52.9%47.1%

71.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All17,9702.4471.3
Married9,2892.9382.5
Non Family5,0421.1962.8
Female2,2622.9655.2
Male1,3772.9252.9

2.85

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

McDowell County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0936.47%
9th to 12th Grade3,56611.03%
High School Graduate10,70733.11%
Some College7,08721.92%
Associates Degree3,75111.60%
Bachelors Degree3,64611.28%
Graduate Degree1,4864.60%

McDowell County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White29,32224,6644,718
Hispanic1,217701160
Black1,177855132
Other Race47215621
Asian24521588
Multiple Races17511618
Native American13112111
Islander131313

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,936$31,812$26,751
Less Than High School$22,296$29,185$16,538
High School Grad$28,671$31,093$23,875
Some College$29,243$31,008$27,019
Bachelors Degree$42,120$50,381$37,287
Graduate Degree$50,026$49,167$50,145

$29,936

Average Earnings

$31,812

Average Male

$26,751

Average Female

McDowell County, North Carolina Language

McDowell County, North Carolina Language by Age

McDowell County, North Carolina Language

93.18% of McDowell County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 6.82% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.96% of the population.

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White38,9016,89617.73%
Hispanic2,66474628.00%
Black1,45060841.93%
Other1,22944135.88%
Multiple40513132.35%
Native1625533.95%
Asian327164.89%
Islander1313100.00%

19.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.18%

Male Poverty Rate

20.36%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina is Asian, with 4.89% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.06%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.18%
High School18.75%
Some College13.91%
Bachelors or Greater3.88%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.85%
Male Unemployed46.48%
Female Employed11.65%
Male Employed7.38%

McDowell County, North Carolina Income

McDowell County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,776$50,413
Families$46,201$57,303
Married Families$53,531-
Non Families$20,847$29,053

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

52.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.5%

Male Marriage Rate

51.6%

Female Marriage Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

McDowell County, North Carolina 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.

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans

2,908

Number of Veterans

2,637

Male Veterans

271

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,409
First Gulf War396
Korea303
Second Gulf War208
World War II161

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,8208.54%
Black624.50%
2 or More135.46%
Hawaiian13100.00%

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

7.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.19%

Veteran Disability Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Employment Status

53.3%

Labor Force Participation

49.2%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

Population of Cities in McDowell County, North Carolina

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Marion80277849-178-2.22%
Old Fort90991010.11%
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