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The 2000 Census showed that Caldwell County had a population of 77,415 people. This represented 0.96% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 31st most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Caldwell had a population of 79,914 people. This is an increase of 3.23% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201083,029+7.25%+3.9% since 2009
200879,862+3.16%+0.64% since 2007
200779,357+2.51%+0.4% since 2006
200679,042+2.1%+0.39% since 2005
200578,736+1.71%+0.47% since 2004
200478,370+1.23%-0.29% since 2003
200378,596+1.53%+0.11% since 2002
200278,512+1.42%+0.47% since 2001
200178,145+0.94%+0.94% since 2000
200077,415The Last Census

Caldwell County had 33,430 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Caldwell County has a total area<3> of 474.3 square miles [1,228 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.7 square miles [6.98 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Caldwell County had a population density of 164.2 people per square mile [63.4 people/km²], making it the state's 29th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Caldwell County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Caldwell and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Caldwell County QuickFact (QF-37027).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Caldwell County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Caldwell County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AlexanderQF-37003   E36,77733,6039.45%
BurkeQF-37023   SW89,54889,1480.45%
CatawbaQF-37035   SE159,125141,68512.31%
WataugaQF-37189   NW45,47942,6956.52%
WilkesQF-37193   NE66,55565,6321.41%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Caldwell. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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