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Sanford, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Sanford had a population of 28,910 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

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

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


Total Population 28,910
Daytime Population: Workers 23,471
Daytime Population: Residents 15,669
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 39,140
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.35
Population in Households 27,996
Population in Familes 22,877
Population in Group Qrtrs 914
Population Density2 1,083
Diversity Index3 77


Median Household Income $42,179
Average Household Income $57,735
Per Capita Income $22,313


Total Housing Units 11,741 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,581 (47.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,157 (43.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,004 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $134,768
Average Home Value $167,229


Total Households 10,737
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 7,115
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 0.47% 0.48%
Households 0.45% 0.49%
Families 0.3% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

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, 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 # 33 96th
Population Density # 196 74th
Diversity Index # 26 97th
Median Household Income # 350 53rd
Per Capita Income # 379 49th

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