Smithfield, North Carolina Population 2021

13,587
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Smithfield is a city located in Johnston County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 13,587, it is the 73rd largest city in North Carolina and the 2474th largest city in the United States . Smithfield is currently growing at a rate of 2.27% annually and its population has increased by 23.90% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 10,966 in 2010. Smithfield reached it's highest population of 13,587 in 2021. Spanning over 12 miles, Smithfield has a population density of 1,140 people per square mile.

The average household income in Smithfield is $54,980 with a poverty rate of 22.12%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $688 per month, and the median house value is $142,200. The median age in Smithfield is 44.9 years, 44.4 years for males, and 45.3 years for females.

Smithfield Demographics

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

  • White: 68.90%
  • Black or African American: 25.92%
  • Other race: 2.98%
  • Two or more races: 1.61%
  • Asian: 0.42%
  • Native American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Smithfield, North Carolina is 13,587 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 12,684.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 10,966.

Smithfield, North Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White8,54468.90%
Black or African American3,21425.92%
Some Other Race3702.98%
Two or More Races2001.61%
Asian520.42%
American Indian and Alaska Native200.16%
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Smithfield Population by Race

Smithfield Population Pyramid $2021

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Smithfield Median Age

44.9


Total

44.4


Male

45.3


Female

Smithfield Adults

There are 9,722 adults, (2,704 of whom are seniors) in Smithfield.

Smithfield Age Dependency

76.7

Age Dependency Ratio

38.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Smithfield Sex Ratio

Female

6,775

54.64%

Male

5,625

45.36%

Smithfield Population by Age

Smithfield Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Smithfield Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.3%21.7%
All53.8%46.2%
Male47.1%52.9%
Non Family45.1%54.9%
Female30.1%69.9%

53.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Smithfield Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,9512.3853.8
Non Family2,0321.1545.1
Married1,7383.1278.3
Female1,0073.430.1
Male1743.3347.1

3.13

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

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Smithfield Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8509.59%
9th to 12th Grade1,18313.34%
High School Graduate2,18624.65%
Some College1,91321.57%
Associates Degree90310.18%
Bachelors Degree1,24414.03%
Graduate Degree5886.63%
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Smithfield Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Smithfield Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White5,1694,5121,587
Black2,4221,582126
Hispanic1,219732108
Other Race152110
Asian528
2+ Races218
Native American202011

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 55.00%.

Smithfield Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,231$34,716$25,911
Less Than 9th Grade$21,686$26,835$16,720
High School Graduate$31,758$41,084$28,083
Some College$26,364$30,833$25,495
Bachelors Degree$39,221$56,985$33,571
Graduate Degree$57,250$63,929$39,583

$30,231

Average Earnings

$34,716

Average Male

$25,911

Average Female

Smithfield Earnings by Educational Attainment

Smithfield Language by Age

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Smithfield Language

80.70% of Smithfield residents speak only English, while 19.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 18.32% of the population.

Smithfield Language

Smithfield Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic2,6071,08341.54%
Black3,03389529.51%
White6,05567411.13%
Multiple1872312.30%
Asian522140.38%

22.12%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.93%

Male Poverty Rate

28.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Smithfield

The race most likely to be in poverty in Smithfield is Hispanic, with 41.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Smithfield is White, with 11.13% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.93%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.24%.

Smithfield Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.64%
High School21.62%
Some College12.11%
Bachelors or Greater5.32%

Smithfield Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed34.48%
Male Unemployed28.57%
Female Employed17.83%
Male Employed4.86%

Smithfield Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Smithfield Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,335$54,980
Families$43,983$65,137
Married Families$78,611-
Non Families$26,263$37,089
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Income by Household Type

Smithfield Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.0%

Male Marriage Rate

34.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Smithfield Married by Age and Sex

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Smithfield 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.

Smithfield Marital Status by Race

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Smithfield Marital Status

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1,054

Number of Veterans

954

Male Veterans

100

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam392
Second Gulf War211
Korea197
World War II141
First Gulf War96

Smithfield Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74353
75+299
35 to 54170
18 to 34118
55 to 64114

Smithfield Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White72410.62%
Black33012.45%
Hispanic352.33%

Smithfield Veterans by Race

Smithfield Veterans by Education

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12.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.94%

Veteran Disability Rate

Smithfield Veterans by Education

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51.7%

Labor Force Participation

48.7%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

Smithfield Employment by Age

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Smithfield Employment by Race

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Smithfield 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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66.81%

Born in Smithfield

88.85%

Native Born

11.15%

Foreign Born

9.64%

Non Citizen

1.52%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.85% of Smithfield residents were born in the United States, with 66.81% having been born in North Carolina. 9.64% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Smithfield Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202113,5873012.27%
202013,2863012.32%
201912,9853012.37%
201812,6843012.43%
201712,3832852.36%
201612,0982341.97%
201511,8641781.52%
201411,6862021.76%
201311,4841461.29%
201211,338940.84%
201111,2441521.37%
201011,092-418-0.37%
200011,5103,9704.32%
19907,5402520.34%
19807,2886110.88%
19706,6775600.88%
19606,1175430.93%
19505,5741,8964.25%
19403,6781,1353.76%
19302,5430.00%

Smithfield Population by Year