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Princeton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Princeton had a population of 1,400 as of July 1, 2020. Princeton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Princeton is located at latitude 35.466 and longitude -78.1606 in Johnston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Princeton encompass a land area of 1.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Johnston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 151 feet.

The Town of Princeton (GNIS ID: 2407161) 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 Princeton is located within Township of Boon Hill, a minor civil division (MCD) of Johnston County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Princeton: Boon Hill, Freedom Hill.


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


Total Population 1,400 (100%)
Population in Households 1,400 (100.0%)
Population in Families 1,121 (80.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,230
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $38,258
Average Household Income $54,630
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $22,880
Wealth Index5 42


Total HU (Housing Units) 673 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 308 (45.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 275 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 89 (13.2%)
Median Home Value $97,575
Average Home Value $151,780
Housing Affordability Index3 238


Total Households 584
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 373
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 1.16% 1.74%
Households 1.16% 1.72%
Families 1.02% 1.56%
Median Household Income   2.46%
Per Capita Income   1.7%
Owner Occupied HU   1.51%


Princeton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Princeton 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 # 384 48th
Population Density # 150 80th
Median Household Income # 556 25th
Housing Affordability Index # 562 76th
Per Capita Income # 457 38th
Diversity Index # 213 71st

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