Wilson, North Carolina Population 2020

49,415

Wilson is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 49,415, it is the 21st largest city in North Carolina and the 802nd largest city in the United States. Wilson is currently growing at a rate of 0.09% annually and its population has increased by 0.50% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 49,167 in 2010. Spanning over 32 miles, Wilson has a population density of 1,588 people per square mile.

The average household income in Wilson is $57,995 with a poverty rate of 23.47%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $762 per month, and the median house value is $139,000. The median age in Wilson is 39.1 years, 36.9 years for males, and 40.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 83.6 males.

Wilson Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 47.86%
  • White: 42.36%
  • Other race: 4.89%
  • Two or more races: 2.76%
  • Asian: 1.24%
  • Native American: 0.89%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Wilson, North Carolina is 49,415, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 49,329.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 49,167.

Wilson, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202081,231-112-0.14%
201981,343-112-0.14%
201881,455-112-0.14%
201781,5671970.24%
201681,370890.11%
201581,2812750.34%
201481,006-180-0.22%
201381,186-200-0.25%
201281,3862510.31%
201181,135-150-0.18%
201081,2850.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American23,56047.86%
White20,85542.36%
Some Other Race2,4074.89%
Two or More Races1,3572.76%
Asian6101.24%
American Indian and Alaska Native4400.89%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander10.00%

Wilson Population Pyramid 2020

Wilson Median Age

39.1


Total

36.9


Male

40.3


Female

Wilson Adults

There are 37,441 adults, (7,964 of whom are seniors) in Wilson.

Wilson Age Dependency

67

Age Dependency Ratio

27

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilson Sex Ratio

Female

26,815

54.47%

Male

22,415

45.53%

Wilson Households and Families

Wilson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Wilson Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76%24%
All49.8%50.2%
Non Family42%58%
Male40.3%59.7%
Female26%74%

49.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All19,7612.4249.8
Non Family7,8891.242
Married6,6183.176
Female4,3963.3926
Male8583.440.3

3.13

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Wilson Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,3337.13%
9th to 12th Grade4,12612.61%
High School Graduate9,13727.93%
Some College6,54120.00%
Associates Degree2,8188.61%
Bachelors Degree5,52016.87%
Graduate Degree2,2376.84%

Wilson Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black15,50511,5961,512
White14,17712,8675,662
Hispanic2,2381,169331
Other Race1,225462139
Asian407336229
Multiple Races38733627
Native American14433
Islander1

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.76%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 56.27%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,328$36,435$27,511
Less Than High School$19,428$19,072$20,556
High School Grad$25,853$27,269$23,415
Some College$31,741$40,948$26,444
Bachelors Degree$43,497$53,514$40,074
Graduate Degree$60,000$63,016$57,500

$31,328

Average Earnings

$36,435

Average Male

$27,511

Average Female

Wilson Language

Wilson Language by Age

Wilson Language

88.63% of Wilson residents speak only English, while 11.37% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.45% of the population.

Wilson Poverty

Wilson Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black23,0107,09630.84%
Hispanic4,8931,84637.73%
White17,9841,2857.15%
Other2,3961,01742.45%
Multiple1,31574356.50%
Native42328066.19%
Asian609376.08%
Islander11100.00%

23.47%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.49%

Male Poverty Rate

25.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilson

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilson is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilson is Asian, with 6.08% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.75%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.87%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School37.32%
High School22.36%
Some College11.38%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.72%
Male Unemployed30.89%
Female Employed11.86%
Male Employed7.51%

Wilson Income

Wilson Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,606$57,995
Families$53,108$70,248
Married Families$78,225-
Non Families$26,585$36,720

Wilson Marital Status

Wilson Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.9%

Male Marriage Rate

33.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilson Married by Age and Sex

Wilson 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.

Wilson Marital Status by Race

Wilson Veterans

3,303

Number of Veterans

3,033

Male Veterans

270

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam998
First Gulf War787
Second Gulf War782
Korea323
World War II95
Age Group Veterans
55 to 64785
75+724
35 to 54648
65 to 74630
18 to 34516
Name Veterans % of Total
Black2,00011.22%
White1,2047.32%
Hispanic842.96%
2 or More7011.13%
Asian295.42%

$Wilson Veterans by Education

12.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.29%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilson Employment Status

59.2%

Labor Force Participation

53.8%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Wilson 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

74.51%

Born in North Carolina

93.31%

Native Born

6.69%

Foreign Born

3.82%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.31% of Wilson residents were born in the United States, with 74.51% having been born in North Carolina. 3.82% 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
202049,415430.09%
201949,372430.09%
201849,329460.09%
201749,283430.09%
201649,240-5-0.01%
201549,2452470.50%
201448,998-151-0.31%
201349,149-129-0.26%
201249,2781380.28%
201149,140-74-0.15%
201049,2144,8091.03%
200044,4057,4751.86%
199036,9302,5060.71%
198034,4245,0771.61%
197029,3475940.20%
196028,7535,7432.25%
195023,0103,7761.81%
194019,2346,6214.31%
193012,6132,0011.74%
192010,6123,8954.68%
19106,7173,1926.66%
19003,5250.00%