Burlington, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Burlington, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Burlington had a population of 53,344 as of July 1, 2016. Burlington ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Burlington is located at latitude 36.0763 and longitude -79.4699 in Alamance County. The formal boundaries for the City of Burlington (see map below) encompass a land area of 29.07 sq. miles and a water area of 1.52 sq. miles. Alamance County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 650 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Burlington are located in Alamance County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Guilford County.

The City of Burlington (GNIS ID: 2403956) 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 Burlington is located within Township 12-Burlington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Alamance County.

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

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


Total Population 53,344
Population in Households 52,451
Population in Familes 40,634
Population in Group Qrtrs 893
Population Density1 1,835
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 21,921
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 13,315
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,854 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,562 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,359 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,933 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $134,068
Average Home Value $175,737


Median Household Income $39,870
Average Household Income $56,759
Per Capita Income $23,660
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.77% 0.61%
Households 0.63% 0.55%
Families 0.49% 0.42%
Median Household Income   0.7%
Per Capita Income   1.38%
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.

Burlington, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Burlington 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 # 18 98th
Population Density1 # 41 95th
Diversity Index2 # 51 93rd
Median Household Income # 377 49th
Per Capita Income # 286 61st

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