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Madison County, North Carolina; Columbus County, North Carolina; Northampton County, North Carolina; Watauga County, North Carolina

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Madison County, North Carolina
Columbus County, North Carolina
Northampton County, North Carolina
Watauga County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 21,763 55,655 19,676 55,945
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) NA NA NA NA
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 21,763 55,655 19,676 55,945
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) NA NA NA NA
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018) 20,784 58,110 22,106 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) 4.7% -4.2% -11.0% 9.6%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 20,764 58,098 22,099 51,079
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
4.7%
5.2%
4.6%
3.3%
Persons under 18 years, percent
17.9%
20.9%
17.4%
12.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
22.3%
20.1%
25.9%
15.8%
Female persons, percent
50.7%
50.5%
51.2%
50.1%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
96.0%
63.2%
40.2%
94.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
1.5%
30.5%
57.5%
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.5%
3.7%
0.6%
0.4%
Asian alone, percent(a)
0.5%
0.6%
0.3%
1.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Z
0.1%
Z
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.4%
1.9%
1.3%
1.6%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
2.4%
5.5%
2.3%
3.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
93.9%
59.3%
38.9%
91.6%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2014-2018 1,519 3,713 1,345 2,721
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 1.9% 3.3% 1.6% 3.1%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 11,038 26,362 11,695 34,016
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018 72.6% 71.9% 69.0% 60.6%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018 $180,400 $87,300 $83,100 $239,400
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2014-2018 $1,306 $1,055 $1,064 $1,371
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2014-2018 $329 $388 $418 $357
Median gross rent, 2014-2018 $678 $615 $701 $807
Building permits, 2018 103 47 23 331
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2014-2018 8,452 22,306 8,628 20,355
Persons per household, 2014-2018 2.40 2.39 2.24 2.37
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2014-2018 87.5% 88.2% 88.8% 76.3%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2014-2018 2.3% 6.5% 2.6% 4.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2014-2018 81.0% 74.4% 71.5% 89.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2014-2018 70.5% 61.5% 51.2% 80.6%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 85.4% 81.6% 79.5% 89.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 27.6% 13.1% 12.8% 41.6%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2014-2018 12.2% 14.2% 14.9% 7.8%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
12.6%
14.8%
11.5%
14.2%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 56.2% 46.6% 46.0% 56.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 52.3% 46.4% 43.6% 53.7%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 12,206 52,247 4,602 142,099
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 37,892 246,501 26,442 624,851
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D 900,932 246,437 107,955
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 6,806 295,184 D 140,238
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 111,500 553,126 131,215 762,864
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $5,376 $9,597 $6,124 $14,707
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2014-2018 28.6 26.3 26.1 20.2
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $42,410 $36,398 $35,499 $45,268
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $25,326 $22,081 $20,538 $24,906
Persons in poverty, percent
17.0%
25.3%
21.4%
21.2%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2017 334 992 251 1,624
Total employment, 2017 3,102 11,334 4,222 18,141
Total annual payroll, 2017 ($1,000) 85,972 408,115 147,405 592,616
Total employment, percent change, 2016-2017 14.2% -1.1% 0.2% 2.5%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2017 2,008 3,251 839 4,962
All firms, 2012 1,741 4,395 1,090 6,304
Men-owned firms, 2012 980 2,596 628 3,514
Women-owned firms, 2012 578 1,294 412 1,630
Minority-owned firms, 2012 65 823 479 319
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 1,645 3,388 582 5,727
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 186 502 237 675
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 1,482 3,573 815 5,247
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 46.2 62.0 41.2 163.4
Land area in square miles, 2010 449.57 937.29 536.59 312.56
FIPS Code 37115 37047 37131 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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