Sanford, North Carolina Population 2021

30,593
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Sanford is a city located in Lee County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 30,593, it is the 35th largest city in North Carolina and the 1272nd largest city in the United States . Sanford is currently growing at a rate of 0.84% annually and its population has increased by 8.90% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,094 in 2010. Sanford reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 29 miles, Sanford has a population density of 1,053 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sanford is $62,824 with a poverty rate of 18.19%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $753 per month, and the median house value is $142,200. The median age in Sanford is 34.1 years, 33.5 years for males, and 34.7 years for females.

Sanford Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sanfordwas:

  • White: 63.81%
  • Black or African American: 28.57%
  • Other race: 3.43%
  • Two or more races: 1.99%
  • Asian: 1.98%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sanford, North Carolina is 30,593 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 30,085.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 28,094.

Sanford, North Carolina Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202162,9215710.91%
202062,3505710.92%
201961,7795710.92%
201861,2088051.32%
201760,4037571.25%
201659,6462750.46%
201559,371-30-0.05%
201459,401-361-0.61%
201359,7625220.87%
201259,2407091.20%
201158,5316541.12%
201057,8770.00%

Sanford Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White18,79563.81%
Black or African American8,41728.57%
Some Other Race1,0103.43%
Two or More Races5851.99%
Asian5831.98%
American Indian and Alaska Native660.22%
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Sanford Population by Race

Sanford Population Pyramid $2021

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Sanford Median Age

34.1


Total

33.5


Male

34.7


Female

Sanford Adults

There are 21,248 adults, (3,326 of whom are seniors) in Sanford.

Sanford Age Dependency

64.4

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Sanford Sex Ratio

Female

15,364

52.16%

Male

14,092

47.84%

Sanford Population by Age

Sanford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Sanford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female38.3%61.7%
Non Family39.9%60.1%
Male50.3%49.7%
All53%47%
Married70.4%29.6%

53.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Sanford Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,4182.7653
Married4,2993.5170.4
Non Family3,6951.1939.9
Female1,6783.6138.3
Male7464.2550.3

3.51

Average Family Size

2.76

Average Household Size

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Sanford Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,6098.60%
9th to 12th Grade1,98610.61%
High School Graduate4,93526.37%
Some College3,85020.57%
Associates Degree2,16811.59%
Bachelors Degree2,94015.71%
Graduate Degree1,2256.55%
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Sanford Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sanford Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White9,5578,9433,207
Black5,1314,164703
Hispanic3,6521,576193
Other Race52820843
Asian32132174
2+ Races23218122
Native American6643

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 white people with a rate of 33.56%.

Sanford Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,749$36,905$27,823
Less Than 9th Grade$27,284$30,251$19,293
High School Graduate$25,360$32,523$21,021
Some College$32,261$42,785$27,164
Bachelors Degree$40,464$50,500$32,304
Graduate Degree$54,967$81,161$53,274

$31,749

Average Earnings

$36,905

Average Male

$27,823

Average Female

Sanford Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sanford Language by Age

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Sanford Language

75.29% of Sanford residents speak only English, while 24.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 22.77% of the population.

Sanford Language

Sanford Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black8,0712,63732.67%
Hispanic7,6311,48619.47%
White12,4581,0848.70%
Other1,01026626.34%
Multiple571569.81%
Asian571172.98%

18.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.96%

Male Poverty Rate

20.19%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sanford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sanford is Black, with 32.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sanford is Asian, with 2.98% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.32%.

Sanford Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School25.34%
Less Than 9th Grade24.73%
Some College11.53%
Bachelors or Greater3.22%

Sanford Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.94%
Male Unemployed23.28%
Female Employed10.42%
Male Employed7.22%

Sanford Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sanford Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,915$62,824
Families$58,155$72,669
Married Families$64,965-
Non Families$32,515$43,219
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Income by Household Type

Sanford Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.7%

Male Marriage Rate

39.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Sanford Married by Age and Sex

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Sanford Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Sanford Marital Status by Race

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Sanford Marital Status

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1,563

Number of Veterans

1,404

Male Veterans

159

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam460
First Gulf War432
Second Gulf War304
Korea116
World War II32

Sanford Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54522
55 to 64377
75+323
65 to 74273
18 to 3468

Sanford Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,1228.11%
Black3776.36%
Hispanic771.72%
Other Race274.06%
Asian175.03%
Native American1322.81%
2+ Races72.13%

Sanford Veterans by Race

Sanford Veterans by Education

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4.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sanford Veterans by Education

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65.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.8%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

Sanford Employment by Age

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Sanford Employment by Race

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Sanford 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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60.17%

Born in Sanford

87.48%

Native Born

12.52%

Foreign Born

8.59%

Non Citizen

3.94%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.48% of Sanford residents were born in the United States, with 60.17% having been born in North Carolina. 8.59% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sanford Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202130,5932540.84%
202030,3392540.84%
201930,0852540.85%
201829,8314281.46%
201729,4033151.08%
201629,0881660.57%
201528,922-45-0.16%
201428,967-199-0.68%
201329,1662380.82%
201228,9283191.12%
201128,6093771.34%
201028,2325,0121.97%
200023,2208,7454.84%
199014,475-298-0.20%
198014,7733,0572.35%
197011,716-537-0.45%
196012,2532,2402.04%
195010,0135,0537.28%
19404,9607071.55%
19304,2531,2763.63%
19202,9772,57710.56%
19004000.00%

Sanford Population by Year