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The 2000 Census showed that Guilford County had a population of 421,048 people. This represented 5.23% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 3rd most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Guilford had a population of 480,362 people. This is an increase of 14.09% 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
2010488,406+16%+1.67% since 2009
2009480,362+14.09%+1.32% since 2008
2008474,108+12.6%+1.98% since 2007
2007464,924+10.42%+2.08% since 2006
2006455,432+8.17%+2.26% since 2005
2005445,378+5.78%+1.6% since 2004
2004438,384+4.12%+0.85% since 2003
2003434,703+3.24%+0.81% since 2002
2002431,224+2.42%+0.72% since 2001
2001428,132+1.68%+1.68% since 2000
2000421,048The Last Census

Guilford County had 180,391 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Guilford County has a total area<3> of 657 square miles [1,703 km²]. Of this total, 649 square miles [1,681 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.26%) being water (8.28 square miles [21.44 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Guilford County had a population density of 648 people per square mile [250.3 people/km²], making it the state's 6th 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 Guilford County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Guilford and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Guilford County QuickFact (QF-37081).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AlamanceQF-37001   E150,358130,80014.95%
CaswellQF-37033   NE23,00423,501-2.11%
DavidsonQF-37057   SW158,582147,2467.7%
ForsythQF-37067   W359,638306,06717.5%
RandolphQF-37151   S142,151130,4548.97%
RockinghamQF-37157   N92,25291,9280.35%
StokesQF-37169   NW46,15044,7113.22%

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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 Guilford. 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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