U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

end of header


Wayne County, North Carolina

QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.


Wayne County, North Carolina
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 117,333
Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)
Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)
Population, percent change - April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 117,333
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 122,623
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
Persons under 18 years, percent
Persons 65 years and over, percent
Female persons, percent
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
Asian alone, percent(a)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Two or More Races, percent
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-2020 11,699
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-2020 7.0%
Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021) 53,035
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-2020 62.9%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020 $125,900
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020 $1,130
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020 $398
Median gross rent, 2016-2020 $784
Building permits, 2021 482
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-2020 48,198
Persons per household, 2016-2020 2.51
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-2020 85.1%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-2020 13.6%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-2020 88.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-2020 83.7%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020 85.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020 19.8%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-2020 11.1%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020 57.3%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020 54.5%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 202,444
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 781,853
Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 84,547
Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c) 1,619,336
Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c) $13,144
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-2020 22.0
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $47,221
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020 $26,362
Persons in poverty, percent
Total employer establishments, 2020 2,134
Total employment, 2020 33,015
Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000) 1,242,630
Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020 -0.8%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2019 6,691
All employer firms, Reference year 2017 1,624
Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 880
Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 308
Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 205
Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 1,153
Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 S
Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017 1,115
Population per square mile, 2020 211.8
Population per square mile, 2010 221.7
Land area in square miles, 2020 553.92
Land area in square miles, 2010 553.09
FIPS Code 37191
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2021) refers to the final year of the series (2020 thru 2021). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Users should exercise caution when comparing 2016-2020 ACS 5-year estimates to other ACS estimates. For more information, please visit the 2020 5-year ACS Comparison Guidance page.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

  Is this page helpful?
Thumbs Up Image Yes    Thumbs Down Image No
No, thanks
255 characters remaining
Thank you for your feedback.
Comments or suggestions?