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Lenoir, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Lenoir had a population of 17,867 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Lenoir is located at latitude 35.9057 and longitude -81.527 in Caldwell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lenoir (see map below) encompass a land area of 19.64 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Caldwell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,171 feet.

The City of Lenoir (GNIS ID: 2404911) 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 Lenoir is located within Township of Lower Creek, a minor civil division (MCD) of Caldwell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lenoir 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 Lenoir: Tuckers Barn.

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


Total Population 17,867
Population in Households 17,347
Population in Familes 13,599
Population in Group Qrtrs 520
Population Density1 910
Diversity Index2 49


Total Households 7,452
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 4,630
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,567 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,385 (51.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,067 (35.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,115 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $115,544
Average Home Value $151,049


Median Household Income $32,208
Average Household Income $47,912
Per Capita Income $20,644
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.3% -0.3%
Households -0.29% -0.31%
Families -0.29% -0.39%
Median Household Income   -0.65%
Per Capita Income   1.21%
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.

Lenoir, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lenoir 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 # 51 93rd
Population Density1 # 262 65th
Diversity Index2 # 354 53rd
Median Household Income # 587 21st
Per Capita Income # 434 41st

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