Waynesville, North Carolina Population 2024

11,274

Waynesville is a city located in Haywood County North Carolina. Waynesville has a 2024 population of 11,274. It is also the county seat of Haywood County.Waynesville is currently growing at a rate of 2.99% annually and its population has increased by 10.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 10,248 in 2020.

The average household income in Waynesville is $71,254 with a poverty rate of 18.09%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Waynesville is 47.3 years, 44.3 years for males, and 51.1 years for females.

Waynesville Demographics

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

  • White: 91.48%
  • Two or more races: 5.45%
  • Black or African American: 1.73%
  • Other race: 0.66%
  • Asian: 0.36%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
8.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,277.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
10.01% (1,026)
The current population of Waynesville, North Carolina is 11,274 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 10,248.

Waynesville, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White9,42991.48%
Two or more races5625.45%
Black or African American1781.73%
Other race680.66%
Asian370.36%
Native American330.32%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Waynesville Population by Race

Waynesville Population Pyramid 2024

Waynesville Median Age

47.3

Total

44.3

Male

51.1

Female

Waynesville Adults

There are 8,434 adults, (2,713 of whom are seniors) in Waynesville.

Waynesville Age Dependency

80.2

Age Dependency Ratio

47.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Waynesville Sex Ratio

Female5,29051.32%
Male5,01748.68%

Waynesville Population by Age

Waynesville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All4,8032.0958.141.9
Non Family2,0791.1845.754.3
Married1,9692.776.223.8
Female6683.0348.451.6
Male872.6917.282.8
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2.72

Average Family Size

2.09

Average Household Size

58.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Waynesville Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Waynesville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Waynesville Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.62%.

Waynesville Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$41,237

Average Earnings

$46,176

Average Male

$34,149

Average Female

Waynesville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Waynesville Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Waynesville Language

96.07% of Waynesville residents speak only English, while 3.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.65% of the population.

Waynesville Language

Waynesville Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White9,0781,63518.01%
Hispanic44415635.14%
Multiple56213624.2%
Native331957.58%
Asian371335.14%
Black169105.92%
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18.09%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.11%

Male Poverty Rate

20.9%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Waynesville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Waynesville is Native, with 57.58% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Waynesville is Black, with 5.92% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.04%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.3%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.14%.

Waynesville Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.79%
High School16.02%
Some College14.75%
Bachelors or Greater3.24%
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Waynesville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed50%
Male Unemployed41.38%
Female Employed14.56%
Male Employed8.03%
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Waynesville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Waynesville Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Waynesville Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.7%

Male Marriage Rate

44.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Waynesville Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Waynesville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Waynesville Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Waynesville Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

864

Number of Veterans

781

Male Veterans

83

Female Veterans

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Waynesville Veterans by War

count

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Waynesville Veterans by Age

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Waynesville Veterans by Race

Waynesville Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.67%

Veteran Poverty Rate

48.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waynesville Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56.4%

Labor Force Participation

55.1%

Employment Rate

2.3%

Unemployment Rate

Waynesville Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Waynesville Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Waynesville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

55.03%

Born in Waynesville

96.22%

Native Born

3.78%

Foreign Born

2.51%

Non Citizen

1.27%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.22% of Waynesville residents were born in the United States, with 55.03% having been born in North Carolina. 2.51% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Waynesville Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202912,9093272.6%
202812,5823272.67%
202712,2553272.74%
202611,9283272.82%
202511,6013272.9%
202411,2743272.99%
202310,9473273.08%
202210,6203273.18%
202110,293450.44%
202010,248860.85%
201910,162300.3%
201810,1321431.43%
20179,989850.86%
20169,9041271.3%
20159,777740.76%
20149,703-6-0.06%
20139,709570.59%
20129,652-150-1.53%
20119,802-38-0.39%
20109,8406086.59%
20009,2322,47436.61%
19906,758-7-0.1%
19806,7652774.27%
19706,4883295.34%
19606,15986416.32%
19505,2952,35580.1%
19402,940
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Waynesville Population by Year