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Dobson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Dobson had a population of 1,594 as of July 1, 2020. Dobson 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 Dobson is located at latitude 36.3957 and longitude -80.7226 in Surry County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Dobson encompass a land area of 1.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Surry County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,257 feet.

The Town of Dobson (GNIS ID: 2406382) 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 Dobson is located within Township of Dobson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Surry County.


Dobson, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 1,594 (100%)
Population in Households 1,505 (94.4%)
Population in Families 1,240 (77.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 89 ( 5.6%)
Population Density 795
Diversity Index2 66


Median Household Income $52,398
Average Household Income $66,251
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $23,552
Wealth Index5 60


Total HU (Housing Units) 645 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 366 (56.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 220 (34.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $140,984
Average Home Value $178,074
Housing Affordability Index3 233


Total Households 586
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 392
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.05% -0.06%
Households 0.0% -0.1%
Families 1.85% -0.15%
Median Household Income   0.87%
Per Capita Income   1.91%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.22%


Dobson, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dobson to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 364 51st
Population Density # 316 57th
Median Household Income # 266 64th
Housing Affordability Index # 547 74th
Per Capita Income # 427 42nd
Diversity Index # 113 85th

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