High Point’s historic population growth has seen the city grow from 2,500 residents in 1890 to over 100,000 in 2010:
The U.S. Census Bureau recorded a total population of 104,371 for High Point on April 1, 2010. The City's annual population estimates and projections since that time are as follows:
* Based on decennial census
^ Projections calculated in 2016 by City
~ Average annual increase and average annual percent change since year noted in previous row
The distribution of High Point’s 2010 population in five-year age increments reveals two immediately noticeable trends – the spike in the number of 15 to 19-year-olds, and the wave of middle-aged adults, known as “the Baby Boomers.” The dramatic peak in teenagers is due in part to High Point University’s significant growth, but is also caused by a larger than usual age group known as “the Millennials.” As the Baby Boomers move out of mid-life they will contribute to the “graying” of the population, a trend that is being seen not only in High Point, but also across the nation.
Although Whites and Blacks/African-Americans combined still made up the vast majority of the city’s population in 2010 at 53.6% and 33.0% respectively, the trend over the past 20 years has clearly been towards greater racial diversity in High Point.
While Hispanics/Latinos are still a relatively small component of the overall population, totaling less than 10,000 people and 8.5% of the population, they have been growing at a faster rate than the non-Hispanic population.