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Spencer, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Spencer had a population of 3,397 as of July 1, 2017. Spencer 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 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Spencer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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


Total Population 3,397
Daytime Population: Workers 1,183
Daytime Population: Residents 2,072
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,255
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.96
Population in Households 3,291
Population in Familes 2,662
Population in Group Qrtrs 106
Population Density2 1,109
Diversity Index3 64


Median Household Income $44,219
Average Household Income $57,391
Per Capita Income $22,597


Total Housing Units 1,472 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 707 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 558 (37.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 207 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $100,888
Average Home Value $130,446


Total Households 1,265
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 812
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 0.54% 0.45%
Households 0.34% 0.36%
Families -0.1% 0.25%
Median Household Income   1.18%
Per Capita Income   2.03%

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, 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 # 236 68th
Population Density # 190 74th
Diversity Index # 117 84th
Median Household Income # 296 60th
Per Capita Income # 364 51st

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