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Lenoir County, North Carolina; Union County, North Carolina; Gates County, North Carolina; Watauga County, North Carolina

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Lenoir County, North Carolina
Union County, North Carolina
Gates County, North Carolina
Watauga County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 55,976 235,908 11,573 55,945
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) NA NA NA NA
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 55,976 235,908 11,573 55,945
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) NA NA NA NA
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018) 59,511 201,334 12,184 51,057
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) NA NA NA NA
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2018, (V2018) -5.9% 17.2% -5.0% 9.6%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 59,495 201,292 12,197 51,079
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
5.7%
5.7%
4.6%
3.3%
Persons under 18 years, percent
22.5%
26.8%
20.3%
12.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
19.8%
12.7%
20.2%
15.8%
Female persons, percent
52.4%
50.8%
50.5%
50.1%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
55.3%
81.6%
65.5%
94.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
41.5%
12.3%
31.2%
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.6%
0.6%
0.6%
0.4%
Asian alone, percent(a)
0.8%
3.4%
0.4%
1.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
0.2%
0.1%
0.1%
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.5%
2.0%
2.2%
1.6%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
7.5%
11.4%
2.3%
3.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
49.2%
71.6%
63.8%
91.6%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2014-2018 4,125 11,962 818 2,721
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 4.3% 9.0% 0.6% 3.1%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 27,649 82,557 5,443 34,016
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018 59.4% 80.5% 78.3% 60.6%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018 $95,700 $229,200 $144,000 $239,400
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2014-2018 $1,125 $1,533 $1,259 $1,371
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2014-2018 $431 $435 $457 $357
Median gross rent, 2014-2018 $724 $984 $794 $807
Building permits, 2018 93 1,634 46 331
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2014-2018 23,121 75,165 4,477 20,355
Persons per household, 2014-2018 2.42 2.99 2.57 2.37
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2014-2018 84.0% 88.1% 93.3% 76.3%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2014-2018 8.0% 14.2% 2.1% 4.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2014-2018 82.0% 93.3% 80.9% 89.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2014-2018 74.4% 89.2% 67.1% 80.6%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 80.4% 89.8% 86.3% 89.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 14.5% 34.8% 14.4% 41.6%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2014-2018 19.1% 6.3% 16.0% 7.8%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
13.5%
10.5%
11.7%
14.2%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 58.1% 67.5% 58.8% 56.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 52.2% 59.8% 54.5% 53.7%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 78,364 192,873 D 142,099
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 305,492 533,877 7,008 624,851
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D 3,645,446 D 107,955
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 478,311 1,449,136 22,996 140,238
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 728,897 1,943,631 43,630 762,864
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $12,307 $9,321 $3,676 $14,707
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2014-2018 22.0 29.5 37.1 20.2
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $38,387 $75,397 $52,205 $45,268
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $22,361 $34,379 $25,334 $24,906
Persons in poverty, percent
22.1%
7.0%
15.2%
21.2%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2017 1,202 4,747 125 1,624
Total employment, 2017 24,290 55,898 880 18,141
Total annual payroll, 2017 ($1,000) 860,007 2,201,702 23,926 592,616
Total employment, percent change, 2016-2017 2.5% 3.9% 4.1% 2.5%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2017 3,170 18,688 526 4,962
All firms, 2012 4,470 17,701 471 6,304
Men-owned firms, 2012 2,601 10,054 307 3,514
Women-owned firms, 2012 1,449 5,541 105 1,630
Minority-owned firms, 2012 1,146 2,977 160 319
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 3,141 14,176 279 5,727
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 881 1,743 50 675
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 3,289 15,167 389 5,247
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 148.5 318.7 35.8 163.4
Land area in square miles, 2010 400.59 631.52 340.45 312.56
FIPS Code 37107 37179 37073 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., 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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