Population

During the past 10 years, growth in Brunswick County has outpaced the state and nation by a large margin. A large contributor to our growth is our proximity to both fast-growing Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. In addition to great access to these metro areas, we've got miles and miles of beautiful beaches, and that certainly doesn't hurt!

Historical populations
CensusPop. 
1790 3,071  
1800 4,110   33.8%
1810 4,778   16.3%
1820 5,480   14.7%
1830 6,516   18.9%
1840 6,255   −4.0%
1850 7,272   16.3%
1860 8,406   15.6%
1870 7,754   −7.8%
1880 9,389   21.1%
1890 10,900   16.1%
1900 12,657   16.1%
1910 14,432   14.0%
1920 14,876   3.1%
1930 15,818   6.3%
1940 17,125   8.3%
1950 19,238   12.3%
1960 20,278   5.4%
1970 24,223   19.5%
1980 35,777   47.7%
1990 50,985   42.5%
2000 73,143   43.5%
2010 107,431   46.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 73,143 people, 30,438 households, and 22,037 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 51,431 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.30% White, 14.38% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 30,438 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average