Raeford, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Raeford, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Raeford had a population of 5,138 as of July 1, 2015. Raeford 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 Raeford is located at latitude 34.9804 and longitude -79.2295 in Hoke County. The formal boundaries for the City of Raeford (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Hoke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 262 feet.

The City of Raeford (GNIS ID: 2404587) 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 Raeford is located within Township of Raeford, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hoke County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Raeford population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Raeford, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 5,138
Population in Households 4,788
Population in Familes 3,752
Population in Group Qrtrs 350
Population Density1 1,209
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 2,021
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 1,240
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,193 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,113 (50.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 908 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 172 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $149,802
Average Home Value $172,347


Median Household Income $33,053
Average Household Income $46,389
Per Capita Income $18,566
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.08% 2.13%
Households 2.12% 2.25%
Families 1.7% 2.18%
Median Household Income   3.11%
Per Capita Income   2.45%
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.


Raeford, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Raeford to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 147 80th
Population Density1 # 157 79th
Diversity Index2 # 62 92nd
Median Household Income # 560 24th
Per Capita Income # 509 31st

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