Salisbury, North Carolina Population 2021

34,304
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Salisbury is a city located in Rowan County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 34,304, it is the 28th largest city in North Carolina and the 1153rd largest city in the United States . Salisbury is currently growing at a rate of 0.46% annually and its population has increased by 1.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 33,662 in 2010. Salisbury reached it's highest population of 34,304 in 2021. Spanning over 22 miles, Salisbury has a population density of 1,539 people per square mile.

The average household income in Salisbury is $60,841 with a poverty rate of 21.38%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $786 per month, and the median house value is $129,100. The median age in Salisbury is 37.7 years, 36.5 years for males, and 38.9 years for females.

Salisbury Demographics

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

  • White: 54.56%
  • Black or African American: 36.78%
  • Other race: 4.12%
  • Two or more races: 3.40%
  • Asian: 0.85%
  • Native American: 0.26%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Salisbury, North Carolina is 34,304 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 33,830.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 33,662.

Salisbury, North Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White18,40054.56%
Black or African American12,40636.78%
Some Other Race1,3894.12%
Two or More Races1,1473.40%
Asian2850.85%
American Indian and Alaska Native880.26%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander120.04%
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Salisbury Population by Race

Salisbury Population Pyramid $2021

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Salisbury Median Age

37.7


Total

36.5


Male

38.9


Female

Salisbury Adults

There are 26,436 adults, (6,170 of whom are seniors) in Salisbury.

Salisbury Age Dependency

66.4

Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

Salisbury Sex Ratio

Female

17,273

51.21%

Male

16,454

48.79%

Salisbury Population by Age

Salisbury Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Salisbury Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.2%28.8%
All49.7%50.3%
Non Family42.3%57.7%
Male41.5%58.5%
Female27.5%72.5%

49.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Salisbury Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,5242.3949.7
Non Family5,1991.1742.3
Married4,3953.1371.2
Female2,2873.4127.5
Male6433.641.5

3.13

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

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Salisbury Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0614.74%
9th to 12th Grade1,9838.86%
High School Graduate6,71630.00%
Some College5,55724.82%
Associates Degree2,0719.25%
Bachelors Degree3,14914.06%
Graduate Degree1,8538.28%
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Salisbury Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Salisbury Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White13,01211,8933,855
Black7,0475,852917
Hispanic1,8981,247144
Other Race722359
2+ Races47338618
Asian17615750
Native American886833
Islander121212

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 islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Salisbury Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,796$36,867$29,741
Less Than 9th Grade$20,135$25,223$13,869
High School Graduate$30,304$31,824$28,540
Some College$30,798$35,192$28,551
Bachelors Degree$42,038$54,792$30,448
Graduate Degree$54,444$76,094$49,857

$31,796

Average Earnings

$36,867

Average Male

$29,741

Average Female

Salisbury Earnings by Educational Attainment

Salisbury Language by Age

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Salisbury Language

87.68% of Salisbury residents speak only English, while 12.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.69% of the population.

Salisbury Language

Salisbury Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black10,7992,65424.58%
White15,2432,17214.25%
Hispanic3,8951,88548.40%
Other1,31536327.60%
Multiple72433546.27%

21.38%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.23%

Male Poverty Rate

21.50%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salisbury

The race most likely to be in poverty in Salisbury is Hispanic, with 48.40% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Salisbury is White, with 14.25% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.20%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.88%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.72%.

Salisbury Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade44.85%
High School18.20%
Some College13.90%
Bachelors or Greater4.78%

Salisbury Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed46.82%
Male Unemployed36.02%
Female Employed13.06%
Male Employed8.06%

Salisbury Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Salisbury Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$41,901$60,841
Families$50,277$74,223
Married Families$73,368-
Non Families$28,958$39,134
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Income by Household Type

Salisbury Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.1%

Male Marriage Rate

35.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Salisbury Married by Age and Sex

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Salisbury 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.

Salisbury Marital Status by Race

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Salisbury Marital Status

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2,906

Number of Veterans

2,760

Male Veterans

146

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,096
First Gulf War627
Second Gulf War501
Korea183
World War II170

Salisbury Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+787
65 to 74665
35 to 54663
55 to 64537
18 to 34254

Salisbury Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,19114.28%
Black6136.67%
2+ Races729.42%
Hispanic632.77%
Asian188.87%
Islander12100.00%

Salisbury Veterans by Race

Salisbury Veterans by Education

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10.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salisbury Veterans by Education

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57.2%

Labor Force Participation

51.7%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

Salisbury Employment by Age

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Salisbury Employment by Race

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Salisbury 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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61.90%

Born in Salisbury

94.24%

Native Born

5.76%

Foreign Born

4.67%

Non Citizen

1.09%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.24% of Salisbury residents were born in the United States, with 61.90% having been born in North Carolina. 4.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Salisbury Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202134,3041580.46%
202034,1461580.46%
201933,9881580.47%
201833,8301350.40%
201733,695890.26%
201633,606960.29%
201533,510180.05%
201433,4922110.63%
201333,281850.26%
201233,196-168-0.50%
201133,364-117-0.35%
201033,4817,0192.38%
200026,4623,3751.37%
199023,0874100.18%
198022,6771620.07%
197022,5151,2180.56%
196021,2971,1950.58%
195020,1021,0650.55%
194019,0372,0861.17%
193016,9513,0672.02%
192013,8846,7316.86%
19107,1538761.31%
19006,2771,8593.57%
18904,4181,6954.96%
18802,7230.00%

Salisbury Population by Year