McDowell County NC Information


McDowell County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 46,542
Daytime Population: Workers 16,962
Daytime Population: Residents 27,503
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 44,465
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.96
Population in Households 44,876
Population in Familes 37,059
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,666
Population Density2 106
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $38,695
Average Household Income $52,510
Per Capita Income $21,464


Total Housing Units 21,771 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,945 (59.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,336 (24.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,490 (16.0%)
Median Home Value $113,632
Average Home Value $149,287


Total Households 18,281
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 12,613
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% 0.45%
Households 0.34% 0.37%
Families 0.18% 0.27%
Median Household Income   2.44%
Per Capita Income   3.27%


McDowell County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McDowell County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents 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 # 57 44th
Population Density # 55 46th
Diversity Index # 82 19th
Median Household Income # 64 37th
Per Capita Income # 69 32nd

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