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All McDowell County population data above are from the US Census Bureau.
The population data for McDowell County are from the Census' American Community Survey 2017 5-year estimates and the Census' 2018 Population Estimates. The demographic data for Cleveland County, Jackson County, Vance County, and Wilkes County are the most current, comparable demographics available from the US Census Bureau, are from the American Community Survey 2017 5-year estimates, and were downloaded on 6 December 2018. Check out our FAQ section for more details.
With 45,109 people, McDowell County is the 58th most populated county in the state of North Carolina out of 100 counties. But watch out, McDowell County, because Jackson County with 42,256 people and Vance County with 44,482 people are right behind you.
The largest McDowell County racial/ethnic groups are White (87.5%) followed by Hispanic (6.0%) and Black (3.6%).
In 2017, the median household income of McDowell County residents was $40,913. McDowell County households made slightly more than Cleveland County households ($40,393) and Wilkes County households ($40,829) . However, 17.1% of McDowell County residents live in poverty.
The median age for McDowell County residents is 43.6 years young.
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