Kernersville, North Carolina Population 2024

28,502

Kernersville is a city located in Davidson County, Forsyth County, and Guilford County North Carolina. Kernersville has a 2024 population of 28,502. Kernersville is currently growing at a rate of 1.73% annually and its population has increased by 7.32% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,557 in 2020.

The average household income in Kernersville is $84,809 with a poverty rate of 12.17%. The median age in Kernersville is 39 years: 38.6 years for males, and 40.4 years for females.

Kernersville Demographics

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

  • White: 71.92%
  • Black or African American: 17.03%
  • Other race: 4.81%
  • Two or more races: 4.12%
  • Asian: 1.74%
  • Native American: 0.39%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
18.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,517.30/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
7.32% (1,945)
The current population of Kernersville, North Carolina is 28,502 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 26,557.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White19,54571.92%
Black or African American4,62817.03%
Other race1,3064.81%
Two or more races1,1194.12%
Asian4721.74%
Native American1070.39%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Kernersville Population by Race

Kernersville Population Pyramid 2024

Kernersville Median Age

39

Total

38.6

Male

40.4

Female

Kernersville Adults

There are 21,485 adults, (4,807 of whom are seniors) in Kernersville.

Kernersville Age Dependency

63

Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Kernersville Sex Ratio

Female14,38252.92%
Male12,79547.08%

Kernersville Population by Age

Kernersville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All11,9532.2654.245.8
Non Family5,2491.1735.364.7
Married5,0972.9979.420.6
Female1,1353.4631.368.7
Male4723.5547.552.5

3.04

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

54.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Kernersville Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade1,0835.79%
Associates Degree2,07111.08%
Bachelors Degree4,18222.37%
Graduate Degree2,49913.37%
High School Graduate4,65024.88%
Less Than 9th Grade4692.51%
Some College3,73820%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Kernersville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kernersville Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White13,95013,1515,168
Black2,8542,703908
Hispanic1,349812370
2+ Races495395222
Other Race47122561
Asian265254188
Native American923810

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 95.85%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 70.94%.

Kernersville Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$56,308$56,566$55,417
Graduate Degree$75,625$76,448$71,552
High School Graduate$37,760$38,647$32,875
Less Than 9th Grade$30,421$31,430$0
Overall$50,954$52,410$49,753
Some College$44,723$49,853$39,828

$50,954

Average Earnings

$52,410

Average Male

$49,753

Average Female

Kernersville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kernersville Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Kernersville Language

89.93% of Kernersville residents speak only English, while 10.07% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.76% of the population.

Kernersville Language

Kernersville Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White18,4291,4207.71%
Black4,50692020.42%
Hispanic3,06889929.3%
Other1,30640831.24%
Multiple1,11935231.46%
Asian472102.12%

12.17%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.99%

Male Poverty Rate

15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kernersville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kernersville is Multiple, with 31.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kernersville is Asian, with 2.12% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.68%.

Kernersville Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade34.1%
High School14.2%
Some College8.16%
Bachelors or Greater4.47%

Kernersville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed28.27%
Female Unemployed20.9%
Male Employed5.51%
Female Employed4.56%

Kernersville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kernersville Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$93,786$111,848
Households$66,151$84,809
Married Families$110,654$-999,999,999
Non Families$41,230$48,765

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Kernersville Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.5%

Male Marriage Rate

44.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Kernersville Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Kernersville 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.

Kernersville Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Kernersville Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,575

Number of Veterans

1,385

Male Veterans

190

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam604
Second Gulf War464
First Gulf War294
Korea36
World War II13

Kernersville Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 74554
35 to 54382
18 to 34260
75+246
55 to 64133

Kernersville Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,1907.31%
Black3229.68%
Other Race527.36%
Hispanic472.46%
2+ Races111.75%

Kernersville Veterans by Race

Kernersville Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

12.83%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.19%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kernersville Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66%

Labor Force Participation

64%

Employment Rate

3%

Unemployment Rate

Kernersville Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Kernersville Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Kernersville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

54.88%

Born in Kernersville

93.74%

Native Born

6.26%

Foreign Born

3.82%

Non Citizen

2.44%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.74% of Kernersville residents were born in the United States, with 54.88% having been born in North Carolina. 3.82% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kernersville Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202930,9334861.6%
202830,4474861.62%
202729,9614871.65%
202629,4744861.68%
202528,9884861.71%
202428,5024861.73%
202328,0162150.77%
202227,8019313.46%
202126,8703131.18%
202026,5571,8907.66%
201924,667-89-0.36%
201824,7564311.77%
201724,3252481.03%
201624,0773261.37%
201523,751670.28%
201423,6841780.76%
201323,506870.37%
201223,4191190.51%
201123,3001620.7%
201023,13800%
200017,1266,29058.05%
199010,8364,03459.31%
19806,8021,98741.27%
19704,815-26,118-84.43%

Kernersville Population by Year