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The 2000 Census showed that Henderson County had a population of 89,173 people. This represented 1.11% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 28th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Henderson had a population of 103,669 people. This is an increase of 16.26% 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
2010106,740+19.7%+2.96% since 2009
2009103,669+16.26%+1.26% since 2008
2008102,383+14.81%+1.74% since 2007
2007100,636+12.85%+2.06% since 2006
200698,606+10.58%+2.32% since 2005
200596,369+8.07%+1.59% since 2004
200494,860+6.38%+1.39% since 2003
200393,562+4.92%+1.34% since 2002
200292,328+3.54%+1.45% since 2001
200191,010+2.06%+2.06% since 2000
200089,173The Last Census

Henderson County had 42,996 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Henderson County has a total area<3> of 375 square miles [971 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.04 square miles [2.68 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Henderson County had a population density of 238.4 people per square mile [92.1 people/km²], making it the state's 16th 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 Henderson County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Henderson and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Henderson County QuickFact (QF-37089).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BuncombeQF-37021   N231,452206,33012.18%
HaywoodQF-37087   NW57,10954,0335.69%
PolkQF-37149   E19,25518,3245.08%
RutherfordQF-37161   E63,41562,8990.82%
TransylvaniaQF-37175   SW30,20329,3342.96%
Greenville (SC)QF-45045   S451,428379,61618.92%

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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 Henderson. 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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