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The City of Sanford had a population of 30,772 as of July 1, 2020. 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 35.4799 and longitude -79.1803 in Lee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sanford 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.
|Total Population||30,772 (100%)|
|Population in Households||29,817 (96.9%)|
|Population in Families||24,378 (79.2%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||955 ( 3.1%)|
|Median Household Income||$48,224|
|Average Household Income||$62,228|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||12%|
|Per Capita Income||$23,529|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||12,504 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||5,778 (46.2%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||5,731 (45.8%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||995 ( 8.0%)|
|Median Home Value||$142,708|
|Average Home Value||$171,858|
|Housing Affordability Index3||190|
|Average Household Size||2.59|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||1.17%|
|Per Capita Income||1.9%|
|Owner Occupied HU||0.66%|
The table below compares Sanford 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.
|Total Population||# 32||96th|
|Population Density||# 204||73rd|
|Median Household Income||# 343||54th|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 335||45th|
|Per Capita Income||# 429||42nd|
|Diversity Index||# 34||96th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.