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Wilson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Wilson is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Wilson County at latitude 35.7315 and longitude -77.9307. Wilson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 112 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Wilson, but most people and references simply refer to it as Wilson, North Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Wilson indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Wilson (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0.87 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wilson: Hickory Grove, Tosnot Depot.

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


Total Population 49,477
Population in Households 47,949
Population in Familes 38,185
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,528
Population Density1 1,721
Diversity Index2 67


Total Households 19,778
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 12,586
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 22,247 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,811 (44.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,967 (44.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,469 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $169,537
Average Home Value $200,245


Median Household Income $34,365
Average Household Income $52,045
Per Capita Income $20,914
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.15% 0.21%
Households 0.23% 0.25%
Families 0.06% 0.12%
Median Household Income   3.36%
Per Capita Income   2.08%
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.


Wilson, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wilson to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 19 98th
Population Density1 # 51 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 90 88th
Median Household Income # 519 30th
Per Capita Income # 351 53rd

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