New Hanover County, North Carolina Population 2024

241,920

New Hanover County, North Carolina's estimated 2024 population is 241,920 with a growth rate of 1.28% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. New Hanover County, North Carolina is the 11th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 population was 203,295 and has seen a growth of 19% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029257,2603,0681.21%
2028254,1923,0681.22%
2027251,1243,0681.24%
2026248,0563,0681.25%
2025244,9883,0681.27%
2024241,9203,0681.28%
2023238,8523,0681.3%
2022235,7845,7652.51%
2021230,0193,6931.63%
2020226,326-7,949-3.39%
2019234,2751,7090.73%
2018232,5663,7031.62%
2017228,8633,9411.75%
2016224,9225,3032.41%
2015219,6193,5071.62%
2014216,1123,0791.45%
2013213,0333,9151.87%
2012209,1183,1121.51%
2011206,0062,7111.33%
2010203,29500%
1990120,28416,81316.25%
1980103,47120,47524.67%
197082,99611,25415.69%
196071,7428,47013.39%
195063,27215,33732%
194047,9354,92511.45%
193043,0102,3905.88%
192040,6208,58326.79%
191032,0376,25224.25%
190025,7851,7597.32%
189024,0262,65012.4%
188021,376-6,602-23.6%
187027,9786,26328.84%
186021,7154,04722.91%
185017,6684,35632.72%
184013,3122,35321.47%
183010,959930.86%
182010,866-599-5.22%
181011,4654,40562.39%
18007,0602293.35%
17906,831-250,429-97.34%
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2024 Growth Rate
1.28% (3,068)
County Website
New Hanover County
2020 Population
226,326
Area
192 mi²
Density
1260 people/mi²
Growth Since 2020
6.89% (15,594)
Founded
1739

New Hanover County, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White180,42079.09%
Black or African American27,64812.12%
Two or more races10,5904.64%
Other race5,9282.6%
Asian3,0071.32%
Native American5070.22%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander340.01%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

New Hanover County, North Carolina Population by Race

New Hanover County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2024

New Hanover County, North Carolina Median Age

40.2

Total

38.6

Male

41.4

Female

New Hanover County, North Carolina Adults

There are 186,981 adults, (42,252 of whom are seniors) in New Hanover County, North Carolina.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Age Dependency

57.6

Age Dependency Ratio

29.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.4

Child Dependency Ratio

New Hanover County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female118,88352.11%
Male109,25147.89%

New Hanover County, North Carolina Population by Age

New Hanover County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All99,9752.2159.540.5
Non Family44,4411.3143.356.7
Married43,2652.8879.220.8
Female8,9863.150.249.8
Male3,2833.2644.755.3

2.87

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

59.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

New Hanover County, North Carolina Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,7392.36%
9th to 12th Grade6,5164.11%
High School Graduate30,32319.12%
Some College31,99720.17%
Associates Degree17,18610.84%
Bachelors Degree44,83428.27%
Graduate Degree24,00415.14%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

New Hanover County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

New Hanover County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White126,851120,92759,485
Black18,68516,1774,870
Hispanic6,9835,6341,816
2+ Races4,7554,4081,705
Other Race2,8382,133342
Asian2,1321,9001,418
Native American343224102
Islander34349

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 66.51%.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$46,092$51,940$41,508
Less Than 9th Grade$23,577$24,537$16,498
High School Graduate$33,105$38,372$27,500
Some College$41,194$47,338$35,530
Bachelors Degree$54,772$66,982$46,946
Graduate Degree$70,513$90,587$62,988

$46,092

Average Earnings

$51,940

Average Male

$41,508

Average Female

New Hanover County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

New Hanover County, North Carolina Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

New Hanover County, North Carolina Language

92.88% of New Hanover County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 7.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.34% of the population.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Language

New Hanover County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White170,30416,7359.83%
Black27,0827,94429.33%
Hispanic13,3551,97714.8%
Multiple10,2981,78517.33%
Other5,6595008.84%
Asian2,8302569.05%
Native4199723.15%

12.7%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.85%

Male Poverty Rate

13.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in New Hanover County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in New Hanover County, North Carolina is Black, with 29.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in New Hanover County, North Carolina is Other, with 8.84% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.38%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.37%.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade23.48%
High School16.67%
Some College9.32%
Bachelors or Greater4.28%

New Hanover County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed29.8%
Male Unemployed29.46%
Female Employed8.11%
Male Employed6.19%

New Hanover County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

New Hanover County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$67,515$97,277
Families$92,806$125,597
Married Families$109,545$143,711
Non Families$44,968$59,610

mean

median

Income by Household Type

New Hanover County, North Carolina Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

46.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.0%

Male Marriage Rate

45.0%

Female Marriage Rate

New Hanover County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

male

female

New Hanover 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 45-54.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

New Hanover County, North Carolina Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

14,360

Number of Veterans

12,582

Male Veterans

1,778

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam4,993
Second Gulf War3,869
First Gulf War2,828
Korea923
World War II184

New Hanover County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 743,585
75+3,559
35 to 543,433
55 to 642,249
18 to 341,534

New Hanover County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White12,4628.21%
Black1,1445.29%
2+ Races4586.93%
Hispanic3964.57%
Other Race2316.85%
Asian421.65%
Native American143.89%
Islander9100%

New Hanover County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

New Hanover County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

New Hanover County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64.6%

Labor Force Participation

61.2%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

New Hanover County, North Carolina Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

New Hanover County, North Carolina Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

New Hanover County, North Carolina 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

49.1%

Born in New Hanover County, North Carolina

94.7%

Native Born

5.3%

Foreign Born

2.83%

Non Citizen

2.47%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.7% of New Hanover County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 49.1% having been born in North Carolina. 2.83% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

New Hanover County, North Carolina Place of Birth

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