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The 2000 Census showed that Madison County had a population of 19,635 people. This represented 0.24% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 81st most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Madison had a population of 20,442 people. This is an increase of 4.11% 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
201020,764+5.75%+1.58% since 2009
200920,442+4.11%+0.35% since 2008
200820,370+3.74%+0.63% since 2007
200720,242+3.09%+0.67% since 2006
200620,108+2.41%+0.68% since 2005
200519,973+1.72%+0.42% since 2004
200419,889+1.29%+0.48% since 2003
200319,794+0.81%-0.3% since 2002
200119,837+1.03%+1.03% since 2000
200019,635The Last Census

Madison County had 9,722 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Madison County has a total area<3> of 451.6 square miles [1,169 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.17 square miles [5.61 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Madison County had a population density of 43.69 people per square mile [16.87 people/km²], making it the state's 87th 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 Madison County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Madison and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Madison County QuickFact (QF-37115).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BuncombeQF-37021   SE231,452206,33012.18%
HaywoodQF-37087   SW57,10954,0335.69%
YanceyQF-37199   E18,54817,7744.35%
Cocke (TN)QF-47029   W36,04733,5657.39%
Greene (TN)QF-47059   NW66,28262,9095.36%
Unicoi (TN)QF-47171   NE17,74017,6670.41%

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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 Madison. 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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