Fayetteville, North Carolina Population 2020

205,646
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Fayetteville is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 205,646, it is the 6th largest city in North Carolina and the 114th largest city in the United States. Fayetteville is currently declining at a rate of -0.92% annually but its population has increased by 2.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 200,564 in 2010. Fayetteville reached it's highest population of 211,126 in 2016. Spanning over 150 miles, Fayetteville has a population density of 1,391 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fayetteville is $57,910 with a poverty rate of 19.20%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $928 per month, and the median house value is $129,700. The median age in Fayetteville is 30 years, 27.9 years for males, and 33 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.4 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: 45.08%
  • Black or African American: 42.26%
  • Two or more races: 5.73%
  • Asian: 2.94%
  • Other race: 2.68%
  • Native American: 0.97%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.35%
The current population of Fayetteville, North Carolina is 205,646, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 209,468.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 200,564.

Fayetteville, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020390,5221,7140.44%
2019388,8081,7140.44%
2018387,0941,7140.44%
2017385,380-893-0.23%
2016386,2732,2670.59%
2015384,006350.01%
2014383,971-169-0.04%
2013384,1403,6970.96%
2012380,4435120.13%
2011379,9315,2401.38%
2010374,6910.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White94,59845.08%
Black or African American88,68442.26%
Two or More Races12,0165.73%
Asian6,1792.94%
Some Other Race5,6212.68%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,0380.97%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7310.35%
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Fayetteville Population Pyramid 2020

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Fayetteville Median Age

30


Total

27.9


Male

33


Female

Fayetteville Adults

There are 160,922 adults, (23,952 of whom are seniors) in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Age Dependency

53.2

Age Dependency Ratio

17.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fayetteville Sex Ratio

Female

104,721

49.90%

Male

105,146

50.10%

Fayetteville Households and Families

Fayetteville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fayetteville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59.9%40.1%
All44.4%55.6%
Non Family35.7%64.3%
Female33.6%66.4%
Male31.1%68.9%

44.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All80,5982.4344.4
Non Family32,1581.1835.7
Married30,9443.1559.9
Female14,0963.4633.6
Male3,4003.4331.1

3.17

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

4.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Fayetteville Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,5162.75%
9th to 12th Grade7,3175.72%
High School Graduate30,25923.63%
Some College38,64730.19%
Associates Degree13,93710.89%
Bachelors Degree22,45417.54%
Graduate Degree11,8999.29%
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Fayetteville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Black55,51250,21612,749
White51,84249,08416,335
Hispanic12,18110,6542,540
Multiple Races4,3373,9471,105
Asian4,2343,6031,735
Other Race2,7942,339447
Native American1,3181,019185
Islander43539436

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.68%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 40.98%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,643$36,445$27,306
Less Than High School$17,599$21,589$14,978
High School Grad$24,831$28,430$20,267
Some College$30,012$34,487$23,694
Bachelors Degree$40,311$51,424$33,235
Graduate Degree$59,488$73,444$54,184

$31,643

Average Earnings

$36,445

Average Male

$27,306

Average Female

Fayetteville Language

Fayetteville Language by Age

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Fayetteville Language

87.24% of Fayetteville residents speak only English, while 12.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.37% of the population.

Fayetteville Poverty

Fayetteville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black84,97721,56025.37%
White73,1868,63811.80%
Hispanic23,0854,77520.68%
Multiple10,9982,33921.27%
Other4,7741,20025.14%
Asian5,79163010.88%
Native1,74050529.02%
Islander64610015.48%

19.20%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.43%

Male Poverty Rate

20.85%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fayetteville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Native, with 29.02% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fayetteville is Asian, with 10.88% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.91%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.50%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.62%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.97%
High School19.41%
Some College13.78%
Bachelors or Greater5.54%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.96%
Male Unemployed38.67%
Female Employed13.26%
Male Employed9.23%

Fayetteville Income

Fayetteville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,057$57,910
Families$52,150$66,105
Married Families$67,214$81,477
Non Families$31,834$43,086
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Fayetteville Marital Status

Fayetteville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.4%

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 Veterans

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28,504

Number of Veterans

22,237

Male Veterans

6,267

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War13,039
First Gulf War11,576
Vietnam7,335
Korea967
World War II225
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 549,216
55 to 646,372
18 to 346,108
65 to 744,106
75+2,702
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Name Veterans % of Total
White13,20221.94%
Black12,96020.58%
Hispanic2,72021.30%
2 or More1,03520.07%
Other64120.12%
Asian3788.26%
Indian17612.61%
Hawaiian11222.44%

Fayetteville Veterans by Education

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9.15%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fayetteville Employment Status

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66.1%

Labor Force Participation

47.2%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

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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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41.43%

Born in North Carolina

92.93%

Native Born

7.07%

Foreign Born

2.94%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.93% of Fayetteville residents were born in the United States, with 41.43% having been born in North Carolina. 2.94% 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
2020205,646-1,911-0.92%
2019207,557-1,911-0.91%
2018209,4682530.12%
2017209,215-1,911-0.91%
2016211,1261,5020.72%
2015209,624-455-0.22%
2014210,079-972-0.46%
2013211,0512,1781.04%
2012208,8731450.07%
2011208,7283930.19%
2010208,33587,3205.58%
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%