McDowell County, North Carolina Population 2022

McDowell County, North Carolina's estimated population is 46,629 with a growth rate of 0.63% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. McDowell County, North Carolina is the 57th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 Population was 45,102 and has seen a growth of 3.39% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18506,2460.00%
18607,12087413.99%
18707,5924726.63%
18809,8362,24429.56%
189010,9391,10311.21%
190012,5671,62814.88%
191013,5389717.73%
192016,7633,22523.82%
193020,3363,57321.31%
194022,9962,66013.08%
195025,7202,72411.85%
196026,7421,0223.97%
197030,6483,90614.61%
198035,1354,48714.64%
199035,6815461.55%
201045,1029,42126.40%
201145,053-49-0.11%
201244,999-54-0.12%
201345,021220.05%
201445,007-14-0.03%
201544,967-40-0.09%
201644,866-101-0.22%
201745,0832170.48%
201845,4653820.85%
201945,7562910.64%
202046,0472910.64%
202146,3382910.63%
202246,6292910.63%
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McDowell County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White41,21890.78%
Black or African American1,6723.68%
American Indian and Alaska Native770.17%
Asian4651.02%
Some Other Race9292.05%
Two or More Races1,0412.29%
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McDowell County, North Carolina Population by Race

McDowell County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2022

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McDowell County, North Carolina Median Age

44.2


Total

42.3


Male

46.6


Female

McDowell County, North Carolina Adults

There are 36,315 adults, (9,327 of whom are seniors) in McDowell County, North Carolina.

McDowell County, North Carolina Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

34.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.7

Child Dependency Ratio

McDowell County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

22,461

49.47%

Male

22,941

50.53%

McDowell County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

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McDowell County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.2%15.8%
All73.7%26.3%
Non Family63.4%36.6%
Male59.1%40.9%
Female58.8%41.2%

73.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

McDowell County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All18,2752.4273.7
Married9,8222.8684.2
Male1,1823.0759.1
Female2,3362.9658.8
Non Family4,9351.1463.4

2.8

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

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McDowell County, North Carolina Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,4704.43%
9th to 12th Grade3,65110.99%
High School Graduate10,58031.85%
Some College7,17921.61%
Associates Degree4,22512.72%
Bachelors Degree4,31512.99%
Graduate Degree1,7945.40%
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McDowell County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

McDowell County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian374374196
White29,81525,7045,743
Other Race37412834
Hispanic1,419786111
Black1,18285450
2+ Races4323029
Native American7373

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 asian people with a rate of 52.41%.

McDowell County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,709$35,838$32,907
Less Than 9th Grade$23,017$26,854$16,456
High School Graduate$30,951$33,421$26,773
Some College$35,239$36,907$34,049
Bachelors Degree$49,524$56,875$40,218
Graduate Degree$52,757$59,762$51,147

$34,709

Average Earnings

$35,838

Average Male

$32,907

Average Female

McDowell County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

McDowell County, North Carolina Language by Age

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McDowell County, North Carolina Language

92.89% of McDowell County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 7.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.64% of the population.

McDowell County, North Carolina Language

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Multiple1,01850950.00%
Black1,29660646.76%
Hispanic2,74875127.33%
Native641726.56%
White39,0325,30813.60%
Other317NaN%

15.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.61%

Male Poverty Rate

16.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in McDowell County, North Carolina is Multiple, with 50.00% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.28%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.32%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.96%.

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.32%
High School14.17%
Some College8.86%
Bachelors or Greater4.72%

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed8.66%
Male Unemployed41.29%
Female Employed8.89%
Female Unemployed27.56%

McDowell County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

McDowell County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,085$61,873
Families$54,824$69,440
Married Families$61,613-
Non Families$25,895$36,438
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Income by Household Type

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

54.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.6%

Male Marriage Rate

55.5%

Female Marriage Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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McDowell County, North Carolina 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 55-64.

McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

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McDowell County, North Carolina Marital Status

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2,994

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War414
First Gulf War283
Vietnam1,319
Korea277
World War II68

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34198
35 to 54529
55 to 64476
65 to 74985
75+806

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,8628.51%
Black967.05%
2+ Races367.36%

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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6.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

45.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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54.6%

Labor Force Participation

51.5%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

McDowell County, North Carolina Employment by Age

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McDowell County, North Carolina Employment by Race

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McDowell County, North Carolina 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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73.44%

Born in McDowell County, North Carolina

95.76%

Native Born

4.24%

Foreign Born

3.24%

Non Citizen

1.01%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.76% of McDowell County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 73.44% having been born in North Carolina. 3.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

McDowell County, North Carolina Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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