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Alexander County, North Carolina; Gaston County, North Carolina; Polk County, North Carolina; Columbus County, North Carolina; Northampton County, North Carolina

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Alexander County, North Carolina
Gaston County, North Carolina
Polk County, North Carolina
Columbus County, North Carolina
Northampton County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 37,497 224,529 20,724 55,508 19,483
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 37,497 224,529 20,724 55,508 19,483
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 37,182 206,098 20,516 58,124 22,106
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 0.8% 8.9% 1.0% -4.5% -11.9%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 37,198 206,086 20,510 58,098 22,099
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
5.0%
5.9%
3.8%
5.2%
4.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent
19.9%
22.4%
15.7%
20.7%
17.2%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
20.4%
16.3%
32.1%
20.6%
27.0%
Female persons, percent
49.0%
51.7%
52.1%
50.4%
51.0%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
90.8%
77.6%
92.8%
63.1%
40.4%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
5.9%
17.9%
4.2%
30.6%
57.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.5%
0.6%
0.6%
3.8%
0.7%
Asian alone, percent(a)
1.0%
1.6%
0.8%
0.5%
0.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
0.1%
0.1%
Z
0.1%
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.7%
2.2%
1.5%
1.9%
1.4%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
4.8%
7.6%
5.9%
5.6%
2.6%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
86.7%
71.1%
87.7%
59.1%
38.8%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2014-2018 2,125 13,233 1,557 3,713 1,345
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 3.5% 5.5% 3.6% 3.3% 1.6%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 16,609 94,975 11,846 26,425 11,676
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018 75.3% 66.3% 73.4% 71.9% 69.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018 $130,600 $136,500 $212,300 $87,300 $83,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2014-2018 $1,017 $1,170 $1,259 $1,055 $1,064
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2014-2018 $321 $379 $386 $388 $418
Median gross rent, 2014-2018 $641 $808 $828 $615 $701
Building permits, 2019 93 1,396 84 53 20
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2014-2018 13,722 81,494 9,047 22,306 8,628
Persons per household, 2014-2018 2.61 2.62 2.22 2.39 2.24
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2014-2018 90.3% 86.4% 89.3% 88.2% 88.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2014-2018 5.4% 8.2% 5.6% 6.5% 2.6%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2014-2018 78.6% 85.3% 86.4% 74.4% 71.5%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2014-2018 69.7% 77.7% 76.3% 61.5% 51.2%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 81.6% 84.7% 90.9% 81.6% 79.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 14.7% 20.6% 31.7% 13.1% 12.8%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2014-2018 13.5% 11.5% 10.5% 14.2% 14.9%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
12.8%
12.4%
14.0%
15.6%
12.5%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 57.2% 61.3% 52.1% 46.6% 46.0%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 53.6% 55.8% 50.1% 46.4% 43.6%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D 297,365 14,416 52,247 4,602
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 33,462 1,177,432 104,400 246,501 26,442
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 591,468 5,021,369 78,166 900,932 246,437
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 47,830 2,037,658 D 295,184 D
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 194,767 2,329,466 100,771 553,126 131,215
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $5,285 $11,197 $4,971 $9,597 $6,124
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2014-2018 24.1 26.0 27.0 26.3 26.1
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $44,961 $49,384 $48,834 $36,398 $35,499
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $24,452 $26,069 $30,344 $22,081 $20,538
Persons in poverty, percent
13.0%
14.2%
11.8%
25.3%
21.4%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2018 573 4,219 483 969 244
Total employment, 2018 7,723 67,160 3,910 11,489 4,370
Total annual payroll, 2018 ($1,000) 261,191 2,672,214 126,332 421,949 159,402
Total employment, percent change, 2017-2018 0.4% 4.7% -1.0% 1.4% 3.5%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 2,371 14,291 1,994 3,506 915
All firms, 2012 2,907 15,375 2,163 4,395 1,090
Men-owned firms, 2012 2,028 8,619 1,255 2,596 628
Women-owned firms, 2012 630 5,202 701 1,294 412
Minority-owned firms, 2012 99 2,336 88 823 479
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 2,742 12,514 2,021 3,388 582
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 451 1,644 411 502 237
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 2,326 12,963 1,677 3,573 815
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 143.1 578.8 86.3 62.0 41.2
Land area in square miles, 2010 259.99 356.03 237.79 937.29 536.59
FIPS Code 37003 37071 37149 37047 37131
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2019) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2019). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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