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Wilson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Wilson had a population of 50,358 as of July 1, 2018. Wilson 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 Wilson is located at latitude 35.7315 and longitude -77.9307 in Wilson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wilson (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.47 sq. miles and a water area of 0.87 sq. miles. Wilson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 112 feet.

The City of Wilson (GNIS ID: 2405758) 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 City of Wilson is located within Township of Wilson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wilson County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wilson: Hickory Grove, Tosnot Depot.

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


Total Population 50,358
Population in Households 48,828
Population in Familes 38,998
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,530
Population Density2 1,653
Diversity Index3 67


Median Household Income $38,055
Average Household Income $55,659
Per Capita Income $22,599


Total Housing Units 22,353 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,632 (47.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,292 (41.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,428 (10.9%)
Median Home Value $138,152
Average Home Value $167,526


Total Households 19,925
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 12,631
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 0.28% 0.38%
Households 0.2% 0.33%
Families 0.06% 0.23%
Median Household Income   0.61%
Per Capita Income   1.17%

Wilson, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wilson 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 # 20 97th
Population Density # 65 91st
Diversity Index # 99 87th
Median Household Income # 505 32nd
Per Capita Income # 413 44th

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