Old Fort, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Old Fort, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Old Fort had a population of 1,002 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Old Fort is located at latitude 35.6303 and longitude -82.178 in McDowell County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Old Fort (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. McDowell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,437 feet.

The Town of Old Fort (GNIS ID: 2407044) 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 Town of Old Fort is located within Township of Old Fort, a minor civil division (MCD) of McDowell County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Old Fort: Catawba Vale.

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


Total Population 1,002
Population in Households 1,002
Population in Familes 785
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 821
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $27,027
Average Household Income $39,978
Per Capita Income $18,143


Total Housing Units 540 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 306 (56.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 156 (28.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 77 (14.3%)
Median Home Value $97,414
Average Home Value $115,309


Total Households 463
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 282
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 1.2% 0.96%
Households 1.16% 0.93%
Families 1.28% 0.77%
Median Household Income   1.48%
Per Capita Income   1.74%

Old Fort, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Old Fort 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 # 437 41st
Population Density # 297 60th
Diversity Index # 479 35th
Median Household Income # 704 5th
Per Capita Income # 638 14th

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