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The Town of Dobson had a population of 1,638 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

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


Total Population 1,638
Population in Households 1,539
Population in Familes 1,271
Population in Group Qrtrs 99
Population Density1 836
Diversity Index2 64


Total Households 600
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 404
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 656 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 353 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 247 (37.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $123,592
Average Home Value $155,737


Median Household Income $38,667
Average Household Income $53,992
Per Capita Income $20,596
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.52% 0.21%
Households 0.38% 0.2%
Families 3.54% 0.1%
Median Household Income   3.34%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
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, 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 # 357 52nd
Population Density1 # 292 61st
Diversity Index2 # 113 85th
Median Household Income # 408 45th
Per Capita Income # 439 41st

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