Burlington, North Carolina Population 2020

55,720

Burlington is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 55,720, it is the 18th largest city in North Carolina and the 699th largest city in the United States. Burlington is currently growing at a rate of 1.80% annually and its population has increased by 11.52% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 49,963 in 2010. Spanning over 31 miles, Burlington has a population density of 1,870 people per square mile.

The average household income in Burlington is $58,723 with a poverty rate of 20.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $797 per month, and the median house value is $126,300. The median age in Burlington is 39.9 years, 36.3 years for males, and 43.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.1 males.

Burlington Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Burlington was:

  • White: 57.12%
  • Black or African American: 27.73%
  • Other race: 9.49%
  • Asian: 3.27%
  • Two or more races: 2.17%
  • Native American: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Burlington, North Carolina is 55,720, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 53,748.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 49,963.

Burlington, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020172,2502,9071.69%
2019169,3432,9071.72%
2018166,4362,9071.75%
2017163,5293,1371.92%
2016160,3923,2922.05%
2015157,1001,6751.07%
2014155,4251,2260.79%
2013154,1999170.59%
2012153,2825860.38%
2011152,6961,2560.82%
2010151,4400.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White30,00457.12%
Black or African American14,56527.73%
Some Other Race4,9879.49%
Asian1,7193.27%
Two or More Races1,1392.17%
American Indian and Alaska Native740.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander360.07%

Burlington Population Pyramid 2020

Burlington Median Age

39.9


Total

36.3


Male

43.1


Female

Burlington Adults

There are 41,254 adults, (9,419 of whom are seniors) in Burlington.

Burlington Age Dependency

65

Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Burlington Sex Ratio

Female

27,920

53.16%

Male

24,604

46.84%

Burlington Households and Families

Burlington Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Burlington Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.8%25.2%
All51.1%48.9%
Female41.2%58.8%
Male36.9%63.1%
Non Family36.4%63.6%

51.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,2112.3251.1
Non Family9,2931.2136.4
Married7,9693.0274.8
Female3,8803.2641.2
Male1,0693.3436.9

3.01

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Burlington Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,8947.91%
9th to 12th Grade4,04511.05%
High School Graduate9,36625.59%
Some College8,44523.07%
Associates Degree2,9528.07%
Bachelors Degree6,32317.28%
Graduate Degree2,5767.04%

Burlington Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White20,39318,4816,853
Black9,9917,9271,266
Hispanic4,5911,918281
Other Race2,38693371
Asian1,187932406
Multiple Races48235774
Native American633821
Islander29298

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 asian people with a rate of 34.20%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,742$32,200$26,542
Less Than High School$21,994$25,094$15,664
High School Grad$25,607$30,755$20,871
Some College$30,416$35,497$26,502
Bachelors Degree$40,788$50,541$36,163
Graduate Degree$54,320$75,781$45,733

$29,742

Average Earnings

$32,200

Average Male

$26,542

Average Female

Burlington Language

Burlington Language by Age

Burlington Language

80.60% of Burlington residents speak only English, while 19.40% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.25% of the population.

Burlington Poverty

Burlington Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,3354,24029.58%
White25,3593,20412.63%
Hispanic9,4462,80329.67%
Other4,9801,71634.46%
Multiple1,13128725.38%
Asian1,71919111.11%
Native745777.03%
Islander36411.11%

20.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.01%

Male Poverty Rate

23.88%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Burlington

The race most likely to be in poverty in Burlington is Native, with 77.03% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Burlington is Islander, with 11.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.13%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.57%
High School21.96%
Some College10.32%
Bachelors or Greater5.17%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.54%
Male Unemployed43.65%
Female Employed13.41%
Male Employed8.63%

Burlington Income

Burlington Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,061$58,723
Families$51,023$74,058
Married Families$69,864$94,272
Non Families$25,972$34,319

Burlington Marital Status

Burlington Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.1%

Male Marriage Rate

37.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Burlington Married by Age and Sex

Burlington 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.

Burlington Marital Status by Race

Burlington Veterans

2,928

Number of Veterans

2,647

Male Veterans

281

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,006
Second Gulf War340
Korea335
First Gulf War295
World War II155
Age Group Veterans
75+891
55 to 64659
65 to 74624
35 to 54522
18 to 34232
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9517.88%
Black7946.93%
2 or More10117.84%
Hispanic591.05%
Other381.24%
Indian2128.38%
Asian120.96%
Hawaiian1130.56%

$Burlington Veterans by Education

12.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Burlington Employment Status

63.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.9%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

Burlington 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

64.73%

Born in North Carolina

87.99%

Native Born

12.01%

Foreign Born

8.27%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.99% of Burlington residents were born in the United States, with 64.73% having been born in North Carolina. 8.27% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202055,7209861.80%
201954,7349861.83%
201853,7487671.45%
201752,9819861.90%
201651,9953280.63%
201551,6673970.77%
201451,2701630.32%
201351,1071220.24%
201250,985330.06%
201150,952-7-0.01%
201050,9596,0421.27%
200044,9175,4191.29%
199039,4982,2320.58%
198037,2661,3360.37%
197035,9302,7310.79%
196033,1998,6393.06%
195024,56012,3627.25%
194012,1982,4612.28%
19309,7373,7855.05%
19205,9521,1442.16%
19104,8081,1162.68%
19003,6920.00%