Dobson, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Dobson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Dobson had a population of 1,660 as of July 1, 2015. Dobson ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Dobson is located at latitude 36.3924 and longitude -80.7268 in Surry County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Dobson (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Surry County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,257 feet.

The Town of Dobson (GNIS ID: 2406382) 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 Town of Dobson is located within Township of Dobson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Surry County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dobson 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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Dobson, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 1,660
Population in Households 1,562
Population in Familes 1,289
Population in Group Qrtrs 98
Population Density1 847
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 611
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 411
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 667 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 360 (54.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 251 (37.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $98,473
Average Home Value $121,111


Median Household Income $33,247
Average Household Income $51,569
Per Capita Income $18,531
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.87% 0.48%
Households 0.8% 0.45%
Families 4.57% 0.39%
Median Household Income   3.98%
Per Capita Income   2.75%
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.


Dobson, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dobson 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 # 351 53rd
Population Density1 # 287 61st
Diversity Index2 # 122 83rd
Median Household Income # 553 25th
Per Capita Income # 510 31st

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