Lenoir, North Carolina Population 2020

17,972

Lenoir is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 17,972, it is the 54th largest city in North Carolina and the 2020th largest city in the United States. Lenoir is currently growing at a rate of 0.09% annually but its population has decreased by -1.40% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,228 in 2010. Lenoir reached it's highest population of 18,216 in 2010. Spanning over 21 miles, Lenoir has a population density of 870 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lenoir is $46,795 with a poverty rate of 24.85%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $606 per month, and the median house value is $109,400. The median age in Lenoir is 41.6 years, 39.8 years for males, and 42.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 87.6 males.

Lenoir Demographics

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

  • White: 78.97%
  • Black or African American: 12.13%
  • Other race: 5.72%
  • Two or more races: 2.05%
  • Native American: 0.51%
  • Asian: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
The current population of Lenoir, North Carolina is 17,972, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,938.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 18,228.

Lenoir, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020371,2401,4120.38%
2019369,8281,4120.38%
2018368,4161,4120.38%
2017367,0042,1860.60%
2016364,8181,4510.40%
2015363,3672820.08%
2014363,085-332-0.09%
2013363,417-268-0.07%
2012363,685-794-0.22%
2011364,479-1,118-0.31%
2010365,5970.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White14,13578.97%
Black or African American2,17112.13%
Some Other Race1,0245.72%
Two or More Races3672.05%
American Indian and Alaska Native910.51%
Asian880.49%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander230.13%

Lenoir Population Pyramid 2020

Lenoir Median Age

41.6


Total

39.8


Male

42.8


Female

Lenoir Adults

There are 13,792 adults, (3,682 of whom are seniors) in Lenoir.

Lenoir Age Dependency

77

Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Lenoir Sex Ratio

Female

9,540

53.30%

Male

8,359

46.70%

Lenoir Households and Families

Lenoir Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lenoir Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.3%15.7%
All60.4%39.6%
Male52.3%47.7%
Non Family47.2%52.8%
Female31.7%68.3%

60.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,4382.3360.4
Married3,1413.0684.3
Non Family2,7671.1147.2
Female1,2703.0331.7
Male2603.1152.3

2.96

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lenoir Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0238.12%
9th to 12th Grade1,33110.57%
High School Graduate4,26733.88%
Some College2,84422.58%
Associates Degree1,1379.03%
Bachelors Degree1,36210.81%
Graduate Degree6315.01%

Lenoir Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White10,1548,6721,809
Black1,5071,19580
Hispanic771253
Other Race392141
Asian737373
Multiple Races5656
Native American503131
Islander23

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

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

Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,350$31,913$20,641
Less Than High School$14,944$20,833$13,973
High School Grad$23,460$26,119$16,699
Some College$25,812$39,857$20,156
Bachelors Degree$38,858$43,250$37,631
Graduate Degree$47,875$75,000$34,531

$25,350

Average Earnings

$31,913

Average Male

$20,641

Average Female

Lenoir Language

Lenoir Language by Age

Lenoir Language

93.98% of Lenoir residents speak only English, while 6.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.76% of the population.

Lenoir Poverty

Lenoir Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White13,3342,42018.15%
Black2,05396446.96%
Hispanic1,44665645.37%
Other1,00761561.07%
Multiple36319252.89%
Native916268.13%
Islander2323100.00%

24.85%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.56%

Male Poverty Rate

27.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lenoir

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lenoir is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lenoir is White, with 18.15% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.31%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.34%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.41%
High School21.75%
Some College17.22%
Bachelors or Greater3.43%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed79.63%
Male Unemployed32.70%
Female Employed19.99%
Male Employed10.56%

Lenoir Income

Lenoir Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$33,744$46,795
Families$43,459$58,449
Married Families$59,386-
Non Families$20,173$24,887

Lenoir Marital Status

Lenoir Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.8%

Male Marriage Rate

42.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Lenoir Married by Age and Sex

Lenoir 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 45-54.

Lenoir Marital Status by Race

Lenoir Veterans

981

Number of Veterans

981

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam238
First Gulf War196
Second Gulf War175
Korea111
World War II74
Age Group Veterans
75+329
35 to 54250
65 to 74172
55 to 64123
18 to 34107
Name Veterans % of Total
White8717.63%
Black553.58%
Indian3245.71%
Hawaiian23100.00%
Hispanic202.30%

$Lenoir Veterans by Education

14.27%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.36%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lenoir Employment Status

52.9%

Labor Force Participation

48.8%

Employment Rate

7.8%

Unemployment Rate

Lenoir 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

73.77%

Born in North Carolina

95.37%

Native Born

4.63%

Foreign Born

4.08%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.37% of Lenoir residents were born in the United States, with 73.77% having been born in North Carolina. 4.08% 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
202017,972170.09%
201917,955170.09%
201817,93890.05%
201717,929170.09%
201617,912970.54%
201517,815-57-0.32%
201417,872-90-0.50%
201317,962-8-0.04%
201217,970-102-0.56%
201118,072-144-0.79%
201018,2161,4230.82%
200016,7932,6011.70%
199014,1924440.32%
198013,748-957-0.67%
197014,7054,4483.67%
196010,2572,3692.66%
19507,8882900.38%
19407,5981,0661.52%
19306,5322,8145.80%
19203,7183541.01%
19103,3640.00%