Fayetteville, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fayetteville, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Fayetteville is the 6th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 203,211 as of July 1, 2017. Fayetteville ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Fayetteville is located at latitude 35.0851 and longitude -78.9803 in Cumberland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fayetteville (see map below) encompass a land area of 146.82 sq. miles and a water area of 1.84 sq. miles. Cumberland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 102 feet.

The City of Fayetteville (GNIS ID: 2403604) 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 City of Fayetteville is located within Township of Seventy-First, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cumberland County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fayetteville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fayetteville: Campbellton, Cross Creek, Lower Campbellton, Upper Campbellton.

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Fayetteville, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 203,211
Daytime Population: Workers 151,155
Daytime Population: Residents 109,270
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 260,425
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.28
Population in Households 196,435
Population in Familes 157,101
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,776
Population Density2 1,384
Diversity Index3 71


Median Household Income $44,357
Average Household Income $61,043
Per Capita Income $24,821


Total Housing Units 93,291 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 37,499 (40.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 42,979 (46.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,813 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $131,086
Average Home Value $168,627


Total Households 80,478
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 51,880
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.18% 0.38%
Households 0.38% 0.43%
Families 0.19% 0.31%
Median Household Income   1.46%
Per Capita Income   2.28%

Fayetteville, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fayetteville to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 6 99th
Population Density # 106 86th
Diversity Index # 61 92nd
Median Household Income # 293 60th
Per Capita Income # 281 62nd

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