New Hanover County NC Information


New Hanover County Subdivisions

New Hanover County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 234,539 (100%)
Population in Households 228,709 (97.5%)
Population in Families 164,581 (70.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 5,830 ( 2.5%)
Population Density 1,225
Diversity Index2 51


Median Household Income $68,621
Average Household Income $105,535
% of Income for Mortgage4 30%
Per Capita Income $46,296
Wealth Index5 100
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (53.1)


Total HU (Housing Units) 118,935 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 59,291 (49.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 43,370 (36.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 16,274 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $342,236
Average Home Value $442,913
Housing Affordability Index3 84


Total Households 102,661
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 56,888
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population 1.19% 0.62%
Households 1.41% 0.83%
Families   0.72%
Median Household Income   3.41%
Per Capita Income   3.25%
Owner Occupied HU   0.78%


New Hanover County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Hanover County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 12 89th
Population Density # 3 98th
Median Household Income # 15 86th
Housing Affordability Index # 9 9th
Per Capita Income # 6 95th
Diversity Index # 61 40th

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