Fayetteville, North Carolina Population 2021

213,475
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Fayetteville is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 213,475, it is the 6th largest city in North Carolina and the 109th largest city in the United States. Fayetteville is currently growing at a rate of 0.43% annually and its population has increased by 6.44% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 200,564 in 2010. Fayetteville reached it's highest population of 213,475 in 2021. Spanning over 150 miles, Fayetteville has a population density of 1,444 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fayetteville is $58,752 with a poverty rate of 19.30%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $947 per month, and the median house value is $131,000. The median age in Fayetteville is 30 years, 27.9 years for males, and 32.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.2 males.

Fayetteville serves as the county seat for Cumberland County. This award-winning city is most known for being the home of Fort Bragg. It is the largest city by population in the southeastern region of the state.

Fayetteville Population and Labor Statistics

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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 44.63%
  • Black or African American: 42.10%
  • Two or more races: 6.11%
  • Other race: 2.89%
  • Asian: 2.86%
  • Native American: 1.05%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.38%
The current population of Fayetteville, North Carolina is 213,475, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 210,748.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 200,564.

Fayetteville, North Carolina Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021535,2354,2580.80%
2020530,9774,2580.80%
2019526,7194,2580.81%
2018522,4614,9340.94%
2017517,5277050.14%
2016516,8224,8460.94%
2015511,9761,3410.26%
2014510,6351,4550.28%
2013509,1806,5081.28%
2012502,6723,5230.70%
2011499,1498,7031.74%
2010490,4460.00%

Fayetteville Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White93,90944.63%
Black or African American88,58642.10%
Two or More Races12,8486.11%
Some Other Race6,0732.89%
Asian6,0122.86%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,2111.05%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7930.38%
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Fayetteville Population by Race

Fayetteville Population Pyramid 2021

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Fayetteville Median Age

30


Total

27.9


Male

32.9


Female

Fayetteville Adults

There are 161,022 adults, (24,395 of whom are seniors) in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Age Dependency

54

Age Dependency Ratio

17.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fayetteville Sex Ratio

Female

104,563

49.69%

Male

105,869

50.31%

Fayetteville Population by Age

Fayetteville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fayetteville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59.1%40.9%
All44.2%55.8%
Non Family36.8%63.2%
Female33.3%66.7%
Male30.1%69.9%

44.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fayetteville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All80,9562.4244.2
Non Family32,9141.1836.8
Married30,1943.1859.1
Female14,3173.4533.3
Male3,5313.3830.1

3.17

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

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Fayetteville Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,3262.59%
9th to 12th Grade7,3785.75%
High School Graduate31,34024.41%
Some College37,76629.41%
Associates Degree13,61110.60%
Bachelors Degree23,12018.01%
Graduate Degree11,8609.24%
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Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Black55,74250,50412,773
White50,93748,17516,513
Hispanic12,71511,2492,760
Multiple Races4,9374,5681,306
Asian4,1513,5811,787
Other Race3,1012,617547
Native American1,4021,100182
Islander45939736

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.58%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 43.05%.

Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,992$36,792$27,529
Less Than High School$19,975$23,681$15,235
High School Grad$25,007$29,046$20,092
Some College$30,342$34,719$24,346
Bachelors Degree$40,852$51,747$35,003
Graduate Degree$61,923$73,798$56,062

$31,992

Average Earnings

$36,792

Average Male

$27,529

Average Female

Fayetteville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fayetteville Language by Age

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Fayetteville Language

87.48% of Fayetteville residents speak only English, while 12.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.40% of the population.

Fayetteville Language

Fayetteville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black84,63820,94424.75%
White71,6998,43211.76%
Hispanic23,9525,12221.38%
Multiple11,8302,88524.39%
Other5,2531,49928.54%
Asian5,82879913.71%
Native1,94749225.27%
Islander70515622.13%

19.30%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.31%

Male Poverty Rate

21.14%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fayetteville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Other, with 28.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is White, with 11.76% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.38%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.56%.

Fayetteville Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.69%
High School20.27%
Some College14.65%
Bachelors or Greater5.71%

Fayetteville Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed41.35%
Female Unemployed37.18%
Female Employed13.19%
Male Employed9.28%

Fayetteville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fayetteville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,024$58,752
Families$53,013$67,143
Married Families$68,996$83,110
Non Families$32,325$44,342
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Income by Household Type

Fayetteville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.5%

Male Marriage Rate

38.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Fayetteville Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Fayetteville Marital Status

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27,610

Number of Veterans

21,568

Male Veterans

6,042

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War12,795
First Gulf War11,099
Vietnam6,918
Korea955
World War II200

Fayetteville Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 549,054
55 to 645,967
18 to 345,677
65 to 744,198
75+2,714

Fayetteville Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black12,59619.96%
White12,51721.28%
Hispanic2,77320.66%
2 or More1,19020.48%
Other63318.17%
Asian3427.81%
Indian20613.90%
Hawaiian12625.66%

Fayetteville Veterans by Race

Fayetteville Veterans by Education

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9.34%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fayetteville Veterans by Education

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66.3%

Labor Force Participation

47.4%

Employment Rate

9.1%

Unemployment Rate

Fayetteville Employment by Age

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Fayetteville Employment by Race

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Fayetteville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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41.97%

Born in North Carolina

92.93%

Native Born

7.07%

Foreign Born

2.99%

Non Citizen

4.08%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.93% of Fayetteville residents were born in the United States, with 41.97% having been born in North Carolina. 2.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fayetteville Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021213,4759090.43%
2020212,5669090.43%
2019211,6579090.43%
2018210,7481,6570.79%
2017209,091-1,974-0.94%
2016211,0651,4690.70%
2015209,596-480-0.23%
2014210,076-993-0.47%
2013211,0692,1851.05%
2012208,8841390.07%
2011208,7454080.20%
2010208,33787,3225.58%
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 by Year