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McDowell County, North Carolina; North Carolina

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McDowell County, North Carolina
North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 45,507 10,383,620
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 45,507 10,383,620
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018) 44,996 9,535,736
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2018, (V2018) 1.1% 8.9%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 44,996 9,535,483
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
5.1%
5.9%
Persons under 18 years, percent
20.1%
22.2%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
20.5%
16.3%
Female persons, percent
50.1%
51.4%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
92.4%
70.6%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
4.1%
22.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.8%
1.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)
1.1%
3.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
0.1%
0.1%
Two or More Races, percent
1.5%
2.3%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
6.3%
9.6%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
87.3%
62.8%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2013-2017 2,908 670,326
Foreign born persons, percent, 2013-2017 4.0% 7.8%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 21,460 4,684,876
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2013-2017 71.3% 65.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017 $110,400 $161,000
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2013-2017 $941 $1,261
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2013-2017 $271 $383
Median gross rent, 2013-2017 $613 $844
Building permits, 2018 122 71,691
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2013-2017 17,970 3,874,346
Persons per household, 2013-2017 2.44 2.53
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2013-2017 91.7% 84.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2013-2017 6.8% 11.4%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2013-2017 79.6% 85.5%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2013-2017 67.3% 75.8%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-2017 82.5% 86.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-2017 15.9% 29.9%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2013-2017 16.3% 9.6%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
12.9%
12.6%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 53.1% 61.4%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 48.1% 57.4%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 46,500 18,622,258
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 119,398 55,227,505
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 1,324,204 202,344,646
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 393,226 105,275,586
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 457,780 120,691,007
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $10,173 $12,376
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2013-2017 23.0 24.3
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $38,776 $50,320
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $20,439 $28,123
Persons in poverty, percent
16.2%
14.7%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2016 710 227,3471
Total employment, 2016 13,591 3,794,9261
Total annual payroll, 2016 ($1,000) 433,310 170,980,0331
Total employment, percent change, 2015-2016 4.5% 3.4%1
Total nonemployer establishments, 2017 2,610 760,638
All firms, 2012 2,577 805,985
Men-owned firms, 2012 1,429 435,677
Women-owned firms, 2012 765 287,058
Minority-owned firms, 2012 147 183,380
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 2,338 603,182
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 274 86,571
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 2,078 684,743
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 102.1 196.1
Land area in square miles, 2010 440.61 48,617.91
FIPS Code 37111 37
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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