McDowell County NC Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

McDowell County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 46,466
Population in Households 44,773
Population in Familes 37,063
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,693
Population Density1 106
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 18,506
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 12,815
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 21,820 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,309 (61.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,197 (23.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,314 (15.2%)
Median Home Value $130,229
Average Home Value $147,449


Median Household Income $33,786
Average Household Income $45,639
Per Capita Income $18,244
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.76% 0.47%
Households 0.87% 0.52%
Families 0.69% 0.41%
Median Household Income   2.6%
Per Capita Income   1.39%
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, 2014 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 # 58 43rd
Population Density1 # 54 47th
Diversity Index2 # 81 20th
Median Household Income # 81 20th
Per Capita Income # 82 19th

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