These Are The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2019


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in North Carolina that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2019

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in North Carolina with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted North Carolina? Where cities and towns in North Carolina have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?

Turns out there’s been a 22.3% increase in the Hispanic population in North Carolina.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in North Carolina with the largest Hispanic population in 2019:

  1. Siler City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Selma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Monroe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sanford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Asheboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lincolnton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Morganton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Marion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Graham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Smithfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Siler City took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in North Carolina for 2019.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where North Carolina ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Hispanic, check out the best places to live in North Carolina or the most diverse places in North Carolina.

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across North Carolina.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 43.5% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Siler City took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Nashville was the least Hispanic or Latino city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in North Carolina ranked by population of Hispanic or Latino residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Siler City, NC

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,116
% Hispanic/Latino: 43.47%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,528
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.62%
More on Siler City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Siler City is a town in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town’s population was 7,887. The population was estimated to be 8,169 in 2013.

Selma, NC

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Population: 6,375
% Hispanic/Latino: 33.76%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,152
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.22%
More on Selma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Selma is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. In 2010, the population was 6,073. Selma is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, and the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area has a population over 1.7 million residents, though the town of Selma is able to maintain its rural character. The Everitt P. Stevens House, located in Selma, was the site of the last Grand Review of the Confederate Army held on April 6, 1865, after its defeat at the Battle of Bentonville.

Monroe, NC

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 34,368
% Hispanic/Latino: 29.69%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 10,205
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.31%
More on Monroe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Monroe is a city in and the county seat of Union County, North Carolina, United States. The population increased from 26,228 in 2000 to 32,797 in 2010. It is within the rapidly growing Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC Metropolitan area. Monroe has a council-manager form of government.

Sanford, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 29,051
% Hispanic/Latino: 24.68%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 7,170
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.04%
More on Sanford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sanford is a city in Lee County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 28,518 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lee County.

Asheboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 25,863
% Hispanic/Latino: 23.45%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 6,065
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.83%
More on Asheboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincolnton, NC

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 10,574
% Hispanic/Latino: 19.61%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,074
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.29%
More on Lincolnton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincolnton is a small city in Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States, within the Charlotte metropolitan area. The population was 10,683 at the 2010 census. Lincolnton is northwest of Charlotte, on the South Fork of the Catawba River. The junction of State Highway 27 and U.S. Route 321 is located nearby. The city is the county seat of Lincoln County, and is the only legally incorporated municipality wholly within the rural county.

Morganton, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,478
% Hispanic/Latino: 19.15%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,156
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.9%
More on Morganton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Morganton is a city in Burke County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 16,918 at the 2010 census. Morganton is the county seat.

Marion, NC

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 7,752
% Hispanic/Latino: 19.0%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 1,473
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.61%
More on Marion: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marion is a city in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of McDowell County. Founded in 1844, the city was named in honor of Brigadier General Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War Hero whose talent in guerrilla warfare earned him the name -Swamp Fox-. Marion’s Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population was 7,838 at the 2010 Census.

Graham, NC

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 14,540
% Hispanic/Latino: 18.33%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,665
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.62%
More on Graham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Graham is a city in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Burlington, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 14,153. It is the county seat of Alamance County.

Smithfield, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,824
% Hispanic/Latino: 18.23%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 2,155
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.55%
More on Smithfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – Hispanic or Latino Populations Across North Carolina

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Latino populations across North Carolina according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in North Carolina:

  1. Nashville
  2. Brevard
  3. Black Mountain

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Siler City 43.47% 8,116
2 Selma 33.76% 6,375
3 Monroe 29.69% 34,368
4 Sanford 24.68% 29,051
5 Asheboro 23.45% 25,863
6 Lincolnton 19.61% 10,574
7 Morganton 19.15% 16,478
8 Marion 19.0% 7,752
9 Graham 18.33% 14,540
10 Smithfield 18.23% 11,824
11 Burlington 17.59% 52,813
12 Spring Lake 17.24% 12,746
13 Lexington 15.93% 18,916
14 Jacksonville 15.66% 73,661
15 Knightdale 15.44% 14,363
16 Butner 15.24% 7,709
17 Newton 15.11% 12,991
18 Winston-Salem 14.87% 240,193
19 Thomasville 14.32% 26,901
20 Charlotte 13.97% 826,060
21 Durham 13.96% 257,232
22 Kannapolis 13.75% 46,498
23 Hickory 13.43% 40,157
24 Forest City 13.3% 7,250
25 Pineville 13.13% 8,418
26 Roxboro 13.04% 8,273
27 Wendell 12.89% 6,516
28 Concord 12.47% 87,607
29 Hillsborough 12.34% 7,033
30 Indian Trail 12.29% 37,191
31 Kill Devil Hills 12.21% 6,978
32 Washington 12.02% 9,721
33 Fayetteville 11.98% 210,324
34 Havelock 11.66% 20,404
35 Woodfin 11.34% 6,394
36 Clinton 11.24% 8,630
37 Eden 11.17% 15,235
38 Raleigh 10.95% 449,477
39 Statesville 10.8% 25,872
40 Garner 10.77% 28,048
41 Kernersville 10.46% 23,988
42 High Point 10.13% 109,849
43 Wilson 10.09% 49,237
44 Salisbury 9.98% 33,561
45 Hendersonville 9.73% 13,620
46 Gastonia 9.68% 74,381
47 Mount Airy 9.6% 10,198
48 Clemmons 9.46% 19,844
49 Lenoir 9.43% 17,890
50 Fuquay-Varina 9.36% 24,373
51 Lumberton 9.29% 21,366
52 Mooresville 9.28% 36,577
53 Whiteville 9.04% 5,487
54 Carrboro 8.89% 21,099
55 Morehead City 8.27% 9,200
56 Conover 8.22% 8,288
57 Stallings 8.14% 14,970
58 Cary 8.12% 159,715
59 Henderson 7.92% 15,009
60 Sawmills 7.85% 5,161
61 Waxhaw 7.85% 13,343
62 Mint Hill 7.84% 25,600
63 Dunn 7.82% 9,657
64 Clayton 7.42% 19,306
65 Mount Holly 7.33% 14,948
66 Hope Mills 7.31% 16,106
67 Mebane 7.3% 14,426
68 Apex 7.27% 45,899
69 Greensboro 7.25% 284,816
70 New Bern 6.67% 29,664
71 Goldsboro 6.66% 35,432
72 Elizabeth City 6.6% 17,732
73 Huntersville 6.56% 53,302
74 Davidson 6.56% 12,325
75 Holly Springs 6.53% 31,827
76 Wilmington 6.31% 115,261
77 Chapel Hill 6.17% 59,234
78 Matthews 6.1% 30,760
79 Asheville 5.87% 89,318
80 Albemarle 5.76% 15,874
81 Cherryville 5.47% 5,854
82 Pinehurst 5.42% 15,580
83 Hamlet 5.41% 6,401
84 Roanoke Rapids 5.19% 15,107
85 Tarboro 5.14% 11,038
86 Leland 5.1% 18,023
87 Wadesboro 4.93% 5,414
88 Shelby 4.92% 20,058
89 Greenville 4.86% 90,347
90 Cornelius 4.82% 28,052
91 Wake Forest 4.81% 38,473
92 Weddington 4.69% 10,388
93 Fletcher 4.47% 7,737
94 Morrisville 4.46% 23,873
95 Waynesville 4.38% 9,804
96 Gibsonville 4.32% 6,845
97 Wesley Chapel 4.29% 8,447
98 Boone 4.16% 18,493
99 Elon 4.14% 9,939
100 Rocky Mount 3.91% 55,373

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