Waxhaw, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Waxhaw, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Waxhaw had a population of 16,083 as of July 1, 2017. Waxhaw ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Waxhaw is located at latitude 34.9375 and longitude -80.74 in Union County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Waxhaw (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Union County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 663 feet.

The Town of Waxhaw (GNIS ID: 2406844) 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 Waxhaw is located within Township of Sandy Ridge, a minor civil division (MCD) of Union County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Waxhaw 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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Waxhaw, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 16,083
Daytime Population: Workers 2,772
Daytime Population: Residents 8,900
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,672
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.73
Population in Households 16,073
Population in Familes 14,624
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density2 1,385
Diversity Index3 41


Median Household Income $83,894
Average Household Income $105,933
Per Capita Income $34,273


Total Housing Units 5,495 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,406 (80.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 703 (12.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 386 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $298,747
Average Home Value $343,429


Total Households 5,109
Average Household Size 3.15
Family Households 4,139
Average Family Size 4
  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 6.98% 3.49%
Households 6.47% 3.34%
Families 6.48% 3.28%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   2.39%

Waxhaw, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Waxhaw 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 # 57 92nd
Population Density # 104 86th
Diversity Index # 435 41st
Median Household Income # 20 97th
Per Capita Income # 80 89th

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