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Gamewell, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Gamewell had a population of 3,999 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Gamewell is located at latitude 35.8693 and longitude -81.5962 in Caldwell County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Gamewell encompass a land area of 8.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Caldwell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,070 feet.

The Town of Gamewell (GNIS ID: 2406538) 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 Gamewell is located within Township of Lenoir, a minor civil division (MCD) of Caldwell County.


Gamewell, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 3,999 (100%)
Population in Households 3,952 (98.8%)
Population in Families 3,296 (82.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 47 ( 1.2%)
Population Density 493
Diversity Index2 34


Median Household Income $42,377
Average Household Income $53,023
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $20,495
Wealth Index5 45


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,794 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,150 (64.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 453 (25.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 191 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $100,733
Average Home Value $132,891
Housing Affordability Index3 266


Total Households 1,603
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 1,146
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.13% -0.01%
Households -0.08% 0.04%
Families -0.28% -0.03%
Median Household Income   1.73%
Per Capita Income   2.03%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.24%


Gamewell, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gamewell to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 203 73rd
Population Density # 456 38th
Median Household Income # 463 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 629 85th
Per Capita Income # 569 23rd
Diversity Index # 520 30th

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