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Alexander County, North Carolina; Watauga County, North Carolina

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Alexander County, North Carolina
Watauga County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 37,353 55,945
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 37,353 55,945
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018) 37,185 51,057
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2018, (V2018) 0.5% 9.6%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 37,198 51,079
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
4.9%
3.3%
Persons under 18 years, percent
20.2%
12.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
20.0%
15.8%
Female persons, percent
49.1%
50.1%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
90.8%
94.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
5.9%
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.5%
0.4%
Asian alone, percent(a)
1.0%
1.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Z
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.7%
1.6%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
4.8%
3.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
86.6%
91.6%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2013-2017 2,186 2,634
Foreign born persons, percent, 2013-2017 3.5% 2.8%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 16,500 34,016
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2013-2017 75.5% 58.9%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017 $131,800 $240,700
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2013-2017 $991 $1,367
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2013-2017 $312 $346
Median gross rent, 2013-2017 $620 $822
Building permits, 2018 97 331
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2013-2017 13,744 20,331
Persons per household, 2013-2017 2.61 2.35
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2013-2017 91.2% 74.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2013-2017 5.3% 4.4%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2013-2017 76.4% 87.7%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2013-2017 66.8% 78.7%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-2017 81.9% 88.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-2017 13.9% 41.7%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2013-2017 13.3% 7.7%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
13.4%
14.2%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 57.5% 56.4%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 53.7% 53.8%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D 142,099
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 33,462 624,851
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 591,468 107,955
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 47,830 140,238
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 194,767 762,864
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $5,285 $14,707
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2013-2017 25.6 20.0
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $44,523 $41,541
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $22,655 $24,545
Persons in poverty, percent
11.7%
20.5%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2016 553 1,603
Total employment, 2016 7,620 17,694
Total annual payroll, 2016 ($1,000) 234,592 555,730
Total employment, percent change, 2015-2016 5.3% 2.9%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2017 2,350 4,962
All firms, 2012 2,907 6,304
Men-owned firms, 2012 2,028 3,514
Women-owned firms, 2012 630 1,630
Minority-owned firms, 2012 99 319
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 2,742 5,727
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 451 675
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 2,326 5,247
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 143.1 163.4
Land area in square miles, 2010 259.99 312.56
FIPS Code 37003 37189
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., V2018) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2018). 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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