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Population and Income Information

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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 2014 is 68,698.

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 (estimated in 2014 at 8,273)
  • Pittsboro: 3,743 (estimated in 2014 at nearly 4,000)
  • 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.

Age: The 2014 estimated median age for Chatham County residents is 45, up from 38.7 in 2007 and above the state average. As of 2014, the percentage of residents age 60+ was 28.2%, a much greater percentage than those age 19 or below (23.2%). Like many counties, Chatham County is becoming "grayer."

Income and Poverty: Based on information from the US Census, the estimated median household income for Chatham County in 2010-2014 was $57,140, considerably higher than the state average of $46,693. Similarly, the Census Bureau gives Chatham County an average per capita income of $32,369 for that same period, compared to the statewide average of $25,608. Chatham County consistently ranks in the top five in terms of income, even though we have major pockets of poverty.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

US Census Bureau Estimates of Population

NC Department of Commerce County Profiles