The statistics provided below are provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the North Carolina State Data Center and the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Population Information: The official 2010 Census places our 2010 population at 63,505, an increase of 28.74% since 2000. The state average growth for this decade was 18.5%. The new estimate for 2012 is almost 65,000.

Less than 20% of our county’s residents live in incorporated towns. The county has about 85 residents per square mile, which reflects its generally rural nature.

The 2010 Census indicates that the incorporated towns have populations of:

basket vendor at Siler City Alive
Siler City Alive! festival in the downtown area attracts a
diverse array of vendors and attendees.
Photo by Duane Hall

  • Siler City: 7,887
  • Pittsboro: 3,743
  • Goldston: 268

The number of Chatham County residents living inside Cary’s town limits increased from just 19 people in 2000 to over 1,400 in 2010.

Ethnic/Racial Diversity: The overall, racial/ethnic composition of Chatham County is: 71% white, 13% African American, 12% Hispanic, 2% Asian and 2% other.

The major change has been an increase in the Hispanic population between 1990 and 2008. The county had an estimated 564 Hispanic residents in 1990 and this grew to an estimated 7,876 in 2008.

The majority of the growing Hispanic population is located in and around Siler City, but other areas are also seeing increases. The African-American population and Caucasian population continues to increase as well, but not as an overall percentage of the county’s population.

Hispanic dancers take part in festival at St. Julia Catholic Church

Hispanic residents celebrate as part of a festival at
St. Julia Church. 

Photo by Duane Hall

Age: The 2009 estimated median age for Chatham County residents is 42, up from 38.7 in 2007 and above the state average. The greatest percentage of our population (54%) is in the range of 20 to 60 years old, and 21.9% are age 60 or older. 

Income and Poverty: The estimated median household income for Chatham County in 2008 was $46,574, a significant drop from $51,794 in 2007, but still ranks us 8th in the state  Per capita income for 2008 was $43,894, which ranks third out of the 100 counties. The percentage of individuals living in poverty in 2008 was estimated at 10.3%, lower than the state average of 14.6%, but still significant. This points out the challenges of a county with residents at extreme ends of the income spectrum.  

For current information on county and state population and demographics visit:

The State Data Center

NC Rural Development Center

US Census Bureau Estimates of Population

NC Department of Commerce County Profiles





Last updated: 5/22/2013 9:12:06 AM