Spencer, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Spencer, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Spencer had a population of 3,415 as of July 1, 2018. Spencer ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Spencer is located at latitude 35.6988 and longitude -80.4249 in Rowan County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Spencer (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.06 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Rowan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 709 feet.

The Town of Spencer (GNIS ID: 2407381) 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 Spencer is located within Township of Salisbury, a minor civil division (MCD) of Rowan County.

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


Total Population 3,415
Population in Households 3,310
Population in Familes 2,692
Population in Group Qrtrs 105
Population Density2 1,114
Diversity Index3 65


Median Household Income $48,027
Average Household Income $62,181
Per Capita Income $24,366


Total Housing Units 1,472 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 731 (49.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 539 (36.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 202 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $104,739
Average Home Value $131,610


Total Households 1,270
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 815
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 0.54% 0.58%
Households 0.35% 0.48%
Families -0.04% 0.41%
Median Household Income   1.99%
Per Capita Income   2.36%

Spencer, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Spencer 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 # 236 68th
Population Density # 189 75th
Diversity Index # 120 84th
Median Household Income # 276 63rd
Per Capita Income # 334 55th

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