Wilson, North Carolina Population 2024

47,670

Wilson is a city located in Wilson County North Carolina. Wilson has a 2024 population of 47,670. It is also the county seat of Wilson County.Wilson is currently growing at a rate of 0.07% annually but its population has decreased by -0.4% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 47,862 in 2020.

The average household income in Wilson is $66,879 with a poverty rate of 23.95%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Wilson is 38.8 years, 37.5 years for males, and 40.9 years for females.

Wilson Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 49.65%
  • White: 36.4%
  • Other race: 8.62%
  • Two or more races: 3.89%
  • Asian: 1.14%
  • Native American: 0.3%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
31.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,532.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.4% (-192)
The current population of Wilson, North Carolina is 47,670 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 47,862.

Wilson, North Carolina Population 2024

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Wilson Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American23,71849.65%
White17,38536.4%
Other race4,1198.62%
Two or more races1,8603.89%
Asian5441.14%
Native American1410.3%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

Black or African American

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Wilson Population by Race

Wilson Population Pyramid 2024

Wilson Median Age

38.8

Total

37.5

Male

40.9

Female

Wilson Adults

There are 36,826 adults, (8,514 of whom are seniors) in Wilson.

Wilson Age Dependency

68.7

Age Dependency Ratio

30.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Wilson Sex Ratio

Female25,61353.62%
Male22,15446.38%

Wilson Population by Age

Wilson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All19,6582.3649.950.1
Non Family8,2461.2441.158.9
Married7,3483.1974.625.4
Female3,1003.0615.684.4
Male9643.3947.752.3
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3.09

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

49.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wilson 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

Wilson Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wilson 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 94.59%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 38.38%.

Wilson Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$38,023

Average Earnings

$45,448

Average Male

$29,465

Average Female

Wilson Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wilson Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wilson Language

87.1% of Wilson residents speak only English, while 12.9% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.67% of the population.

Wilson Language

Wilson Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black23,0707,44932.29%
Hispanic5,7471,88432.78%
Other4,1191,56537.99%
White15,9371,2367.76%
Multiple1,84566435.99%
Asian53211321.24%
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23.95%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.35%

Male Poverty Rate

24.45%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wilson

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wilson is Other, with 37.99% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wilson is White, with 7.76% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.06%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.48%.

Wilson Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.82%
High School26.32%
Some College16.02%
Bachelors or Greater7.16%
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Wilson Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed45.65%
Female Unemployed30.35%
Female Employed9.09%
Male Employed8.65%
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Wilson Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wilson Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wilson Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

39.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.5%

Male Marriage Rate

36.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Wilson Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wilson 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 35-44.

Wilson Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wilson Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,404

Number of Veterans

2,081

Male Veterans

323

Female Veterans

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Wilson Veterans by War

count

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Wilson Veterans by Age

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Wilson Veterans by Race

Wilson Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.52%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wilson Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

60.1%

Labor Force Participation

54.8%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Wilson Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wilson Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wilson 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

71.22%

Born in Wilson

93.83%

Native Born

6.17%

Foreign Born

3.13%

Non Citizen

3.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.83% of Wilson residents were born in the United States, with 71.22% having been born in North Carolina. 3.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wilson Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202947,830320.07%
202847,798320.07%
202747,766320.07%
202647,734320.07%
202547,702320.07%
202447,670320.07%
202347,638320.07%
202247,606320.07%
202147,574-288-0.6%
202047,862-1,554-3.14%
201949,4161600.32%
201849,256980.2%
201749,158-5-0.01%
201649,163-17-0.03%
201549,1802170.44%
201448,963-162-0.33%
201349,125-140-0.28%
201249,2651260.26%
201149,139-64-0.13%
201049,2034,79810.81%
200044,4057,47520.24%
199036,9302,5067.28%
198034,4245,07717.3%
197029,3475942.07%
196028,7535,74324.96%
195023,0103,77619.63%
194019,2346,62152.49%
193012,6132,00118.86%
192010,6123,89557.99%
19106,7173,19290.55%
19003,525
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Wilson Population by Year