McDowell County NC Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 47,389
Population in Households 45,723
Population in Familes 37,840
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,666
Population Density1 108
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 18,636
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 12,890
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 22,082 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,292 (60.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,344 (24.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,446 (15.6%)
Median Home Value $108,569
Average Home Value $147,000


Median Household Income $37,178
Average Household Income $49,443
Per Capita Income $20,267
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.83% 0.63%
Households 0.7% 0.55%
Families 0.56% 0.47%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.44%
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.


McDowell County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McDowell County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents 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 # 56 45th
Population Density1 # 54 47th
Diversity Index2 # 82 19th
Median Household Income # 67 34th
Per Capita Income # 76 25th

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