Northwest, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Northwest, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Northwest had a population of 799 as of July 1, 2016. Northwest ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Northwest is located at latitude 34.3149 and longitude -78.1453 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the City of Northwest (see map below) encompass a land area of 7 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 59 feet.

The City of Northwest (GNIS ID: 2404401) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Northwest is located within Township of Northwest, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Northwest population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Northwest: North West.

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Northwest, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 799
Population in Households 799
Population in Familes 670
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 114
Diversity Index2 61


Total Households 308
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 223
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 354 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 229 (64.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 79 (22.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 46 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $115,217
Average Home Value $143,696


Median Household Income $38,266
Average Household Income $50,126
Per Capita Income $18,810
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.34% 1.79%
Households 1.08% 1.63%
Families 1.51% 1.48%
Median Household Income   -0.38%
Per Capita Income   1.41%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Northwest, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Northwest to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 479 35th
Population Density1 # 693 6th
Diversity Index2 # 166 78th
Median Household Income # 424 43rd
Per Capita Income # 546 26th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.