Sanford, North Carolina Population 2020

30,615

Sanford is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 30,615, it is the 34th largest city in North Carolina and the 1264th largest city in the United States. Sanford is currently growing at a rate of 1.15% annually and its population has increased by 8.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 28,094 in 2010. Spanning over 29 miles, Sanford has a population density of 1,053 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sanford is $61,243 with a poverty rate of 18.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $734 per month, and the median house value is $136,800. The median age in Sanford is 34.3 years, 33.7 years for males, and 34.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 87.9 males.

Sanford Demographics

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

  • White: 65.10%
  • Black or African American: 27.00%
  • Other race: 4.58%
  • Two or more races: 2.25%
  • Asian: 0.83%
  • Native American: 0.23%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sanford, North Carolina is 30,615, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 29,917.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 28,094.

Sanford, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202063,2228851.40%
201962,3378851.42%
201861,4528851.44%
201760,5678301.37%
201659,7372970.50%
201559,440100.02%
201459,430-355-0.60%
201359,7855260.88%
201259,2597201.22%
201158,5396531.12%
201057,8860.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White19,05765.10%
Black or African American7,90527.00%
Some Other Race1,3424.58%
Two or More Races6582.25%
Asian2440.83%
American Indian and Alaska Native680.23%

Sanford Population Pyramid 2020

Sanford Median Age

34.3


Total

33.7


Male

34.9


Female

Sanford Adults

There are 21,369 adults, (3,318 of whom are seniors) in Sanford.

Sanford Age Dependency

62.2

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Sanford Sex Ratio

Female

15,578

53.21%

Male

13,696

46.79%

Sanford Households and Families

Sanford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sanford Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.5%32.5%
All53.1%46.9%
Male47.5%52.5%
Female42.2%57.8%
Non Family41.7%58.3%

53.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,4072.7453.1
Married4,3963.467.5
Non Family3,4871.1441.7
Female1,8083.5942.2
Male7164.3347.5

3.44

Average Family Size

2.74

Average Household Size

4.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sanford Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,6448.74%
9th to 12th Grade1,89110.06%
High School Graduate4,92826.21%
Some College4,05121.55%
Associates Degree2,00510.66%
Bachelors Degree3,07016.33%
Graduate Degree1,2136.45%

Sanford Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White9,7669,1133,284
Black4,9934,085684
Hispanic3,7201,777192
Other Race73340148
Multiple Races24218722
Asian159159114
Native American6847

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 71.70%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,117$36,140$26,296
Less Than High School$25,589$27,561$18,030
High School Grad$24,784$30,633$20,945
Some College$31,904$41,121$25,400
Bachelors Degree$40,746$52,264$36,045
Graduate Degree$53,713$74,500$50,942

$31,117

Average Earnings

$36,140

Average Male

$26,296

Average Female

Sanford Language

Sanford Language by Age

Sanford Language

75.48% of Sanford residents speak only English, while 24.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 23.51% of the population.

Sanford Poverty

Sanford Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black7,5532,32430.77%
Hispanic7,5351,82124.17%
White12,7361,0678.38%
Other1,33625619.16%
Multiple6339014.22%
Asian2362912.29%
Native6857.35%

18.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.91%

Male Poverty Rate

20.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sanford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sanford is Black, with 30.77% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sanford is Native, with 7.35% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.04%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.68%.

Name Poverty
High School25.34%
Less Than High School25.16%
Some College10.71%
Bachelors or Greater4.57%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.82%
Male Unemployed23.66%
Female Employed12.13%
Male Employed6.54%

Sanford Income

Sanford Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$46,067$61,243
Families$57,420$69,667
Married Families$67,889-
Non Families$28,375$42,338

Sanford Marital Status

Sanford Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.4%

Male Marriage Rate

41.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Sanford Married by Age and Sex

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

Sanford Veterans

1,543

Number of Veterans

1,341

Male Veterans

202

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War415
Vietnam404
Second Gulf War332
Korea110
World War II38
Age Group Veterans
35 to 54554
55 to 64343
75+293
65 to 74272
18 to 3481
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,1117.83%
Black3676.45%
Hispanic701.54%
Other323.50%
Indian1727.42%
2 or More165.23%

$Sanford Veterans by Education

7.13%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sanford Employment Status

66.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.6%

Employment Rate

7.9%

Unemployment Rate

Sanford 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

59.41%

Born in North Carolina

86.60%

Native Born

13.40%

Foreign Born

9.02%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.60% of Sanford residents were born in the United States, with 59.41% having been born in North Carolina. 9.02% 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
202030,6153491.15%
201930,2663491.17%
201829,9174591.56%
201729,4583491.20%
201629,1091770.61%
201528,932-25-0.09%
201428,957-192-0.66%
201329,1492400.83%
201228,9093241.13%
201128,5853521.25%
201028,2335,0131.97%
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%