McDowell County, North Carolina Population 2020

McDowell County, North Carolina's estimated population is 46,193 with a growth rate of 0.75% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. McDowell County, North Carolina is the 56th largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202046,1933430.75%
201945,8503430.75%
201845,5073430.76%
201745,1642820.63%
201644,882-94-0.21%
201544,976-42-0.09%
201445,018-13-0.03%
201345,031280.06%
201245,003-48-0.11%
201145,051-47-0.10%
201045,0989,41726.39%
199035,6815461.55%
198035,1354,48714.64%
197030,6483,90614.61%
196026,7421,0223.97%
195025,7202,72411.85%
194022,9962,66013.08%
193020,3363,57321.31%
192016,7633,22523.82%
191013,5389717.73%
190012,5671,62814.88%
189010,9391,10311.21%
18809,8362,24429.56%
18707,5924726.63%
18607,12087413.99%
18506,2460.00%

McDowell County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White41,07691.06%
Black or African American1,6253.60%
Some Other Race1,2602.79%
Two or More Races6241.38%
Asian3370.75%
American Indian and Alaska Native1730.38%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander140.03%

McDowell County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

McDowell County, North Carolina Median Age

43.6


Total

41.2


Male

46.2


Female

McDowell County, North Carolina Adults

There are 35,833 adults, (8,795 of whom are seniors) in McDowell County, North Carolina.

McDowell County, North Carolina Age Dependency

66.8

Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Child Dependency Ratio

McDowell County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

22,276

49.38%

Male

22,833

50.62%

McDowell County, North Carolina Households and Families

McDowell County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

McDowell County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.8%17.2%
All71.8%28.2%
Non Family63%37%
Male55.7%44.3%
Female53.5%46.5%

71.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All17,9612.4571.8
Married9,4842.9282.8
Non Family5,1371.1863
Female2,0343.0153.5
Male1,3063.1755.7

2.87

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

McDowell County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7825.47%
9th to 12th Grade3,50110.74%
High School Graduate10,90933.47%
Some College6,94721.32%
Associates Degree3,95412.13%
Bachelors Degree3,87711.90%
Graduate Degree1,6214.97%

McDowell County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White29,44125,0625,160
Hispanic1,20773765
Black1,207954150
Other Race446200
Asian28222792
Multiple Races25921320
Native American1221117
Islander141414

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,588$33,392$28,758
Less Than High School$21,543$27,045$15,967
High School Grad$29,890$32,293$24,375
Some College$31,422$32,460$29,627
Bachelors Degree$43,500$53,365$40,107
Graduate Degree$48,598$50,893$48,445

$31,588

Average Earnings

$33,392

Average Male

$28,758

Average Female

McDowell County, North Carolina Language

McDowell County, North Carolina Language by Age

McDowell County, North Carolina Language

93.44% of McDowell County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 6.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.74% of the population.

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White38,7566,13115.82%
Black1,37059743.58%
Hispanic2,64058422.12%
Other1,25041533.20%
Multiple57313523.56%
Native1524428.95%
Islander1414100.00%

17.13%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.50%

Male Poverty Rate

17.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina is White, with 15.82% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.04%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.20%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.10%
High School16.61%
Some College12.77%
Bachelors or Greater5.68%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.94%
Male Unemployed36.26%
Female Employed10.27%
Male Employed7.58%

McDowell County, North Carolina Income

McDowell County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,913$55,686
Families$49,808$63,427
Married Families$56,041-
Non Families$23,015$33,159

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

52.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.9%

Male Marriage Rate

52.6%

Female Marriage Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

McDowell County, North Carolina 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 55-64.

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans

2,760

Number of Veterans

2,515

Male Veterans

245

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,268
First Gulf War355
Second Gulf War282
Korea234
World War II134
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74868
55 to 64755
75+666
35 to 54360
18 to 34111
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6467.98%
Black795.95%
2 or More216.36%
Hawaiian14100.00%

$McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

7.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Employment Status

53.6%

Labor Force Participation

50.4%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina 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

75.84%

Born in North Carolina

96.12%

Native Born

3.88%

Foreign Born

2.69%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.12% of McDowell County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 75.84% having been born in North Carolina. 2.69% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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