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The 2000 Census showed that Surry County had a population of 71,219 people. This represented 0.88% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 35th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Surry had a population of 72,496 people. This is an increase of 1.79% 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
201073,673+3.45%+1.62% since 2009
200972,496+1.79%+0.15% since 2008
200872,388+1.64%+0.36% since 2007
200772,126+1.27%+0.22% since 2006
200671,965+1.05%+0.15% since 2005
200571,857+0.9%+0.26% since 2004
200471,672+0.64%-0.43% since 2003
200371,981+1.07%+0.11% since 2002
200271,900+0.96%+0.34% since 2001
200171,657+0.62%+0.62% since 2000
200071,219The Last Census

Surry County had 31,033 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Surry County has a total area<3> of 537 square miles [1,392 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.27 square miles [3.28 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Surry County had a population density of 132.7 people per square mile [51.3 people/km²], making it the state's 38th 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 Surry County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Surry and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Surry County QuickFact (QF-37171).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Mount AiryQF-374480010,6318,48425.31%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
AlleghanyQF-37005   W10,96410,6772.69%
ForsythQF-37067   SE359,638306,06717.5%
StokesQF-37169   E46,15044,7113.22%
WilkesQF-37193   SW66,55565,6321.41%
YadkinQF-37197   S37,71336,3483.76%
Carroll (VA)QF-51035   N29,03429,245-0.72%
Grayson (VA)QF-51077   NW15,79317,917-11.85%
Patrick (VA)QF-51141   NE18,63619,407-3.97%

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Census QuickFact for Surry County

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 Surry. 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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