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The 2000 Census showed that Wilson County had a population of 73,814 people. This represented 0.92% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 33rd most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wilson had a population of 78,353 people. This is an increase of 6.15% 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
201081,234+10.05%+3.68% since 2009
200978,353+6.15%+0.85% since 2008
200877,692+5.25%+1.4% since 2007
200776,622+3.8%+1.16% since 2006
200675,746+2.62%+0.44% since 2005
200575,414+2.17%+0.52% since 2004
200475,024+1.64%+0.25% since 2003
200374,837+1.39%+0.23% since 2002
200274,662+1.15%+0.99% since 2001
200173,931+0.16%+0.16% since 2000
200073,814The Last Census

Wilson County had 30,729 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wilson County has a total area<3> of 374.3 square miles [969 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.17 square miles [8.22 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wilson County had a population density of 198.9 people per square mile [76.8 people/km²], making it the state's 22nd 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 Wilson County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wilson and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Wilson County QuickFact (QF-37195).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
EdgecombeQF-37065   NE51,85355,606-6.75%
GreeneQF-37079   SE20,65818,9748.88%
JohnstonQF-37101   SW168,525121,96538.17%
NashQF-37127   N94,74387,4208.38%
PittQF-37147   E159,057133,79818.88%
WayneQF-37191   S113,811113,3290.43%

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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 Wilson. 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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