Sanford is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 30,678 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Sanford is the 34th largest community in North Carolina.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Sanford is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 35.04% of the Sanford workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Sanford is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sanford who work in office and administrative support (11.25%), sales jobs (9.78%), and management occupations (8.58%).
The population of Sanford overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Sanford, 21.25% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Sanford in 2018 was $23,371, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,484 for a family of four. However, Sanford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Sanford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sanford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sanford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Sanford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 27.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Sanford include German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Sanford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.