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Sanford, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Sanford had a population of 29,944 as of July 1, 2019. 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.

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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Sanford, NC Housing Affordability Index is 153
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Sanford, NC Wealth Index is 54
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 29,944
Population in Households 29,004
Population in Familes 23,747
Population in Group Qrtrs 940
Population Density 1,030
Diversity Index1 76
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $45,104
Average Household Income $59,174
Per Capita Income $22,311
Wealth Index3 54

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 12,227 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,687 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,480 (44.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,059 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $145,639
Housing Affordability Index2 153
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 11,168
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 7,421
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.65% 0.51%
Households 0.66% 0.53%
Families 0.56% 0.45%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   2.19%

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, 2019 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 # 32 96th
Population Density # 213 71st
Diversity Index # 35 96th
Median Household Income # 395 47th
Per Capita Income # 465 37th

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