Sanford, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Sanford, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Sanford had a population of 28,609 as of July 1, 2018. Sanford 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 Sanford is located at latitude 35.4835 and longitude -79.1777 in Lee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sanford (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0.25 sq. miles. Lee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 358 feet.

The City of Sanford (GNIS ID: 2405419) 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 Sanford is located within Township 6-West Sanford, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lee County.

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Sanford, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 28,609
Population in Households 27,723
Population in Familes 22,768
Population in Group Qrtrs 886
Population Density2 1,072
Diversity Index3 76


Median Household Income $43,763
Average Household Income $59,520
Per Capita Income $23,003


Total Housing Units 11,717 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,419 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,216 (44.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,082 ( 9.2%)
Median Home Value $138,540
Average Home Value $170,151


Total Households 10,635
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 7,050
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.28% 0.35%
Households 0.28% 0.35%
Families 0.15% 0.26%
Median Household Income   1.42%
Per Capita Income   1.52%

Sanford, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sanford to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 33 96th
Population Density # 204 73rd
Diversity Index # 33 96th
Median Household Income # 359 52nd
Per Capita Income # 389 47th

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