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McDowell County, North Carolina; North Carolina

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McDowell County, North Carolina
North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 45,756 10,488,084
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 45,756 10,488,084
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 45,002 9,535,751
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 1.7% 10.0%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 44,996 9,535,483
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
5.0%
5.8%
Persons under 18 years, percent
20.0%
21.9%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
20.8%
16.7%
Female persons, percent
50.2%
51.4%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
92.3%
70.6%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
4.2%
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)
6.4%
9.8%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
87.2%
62.6%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2015-2019 2,729 659,584
Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019 4.0% 8.0%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 21,600 4,747,943
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019 72.7% 65.2%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 $119,200 $172,500
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019 $975 $1,314
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2015-2019 $276 $400
Median gross rent, 2015-2019 $645 $907
Building permits, 2019 127 71,307
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2015-2019 18,173 3,965,482
Persons per household, 2015-2019 2.43 2.52
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2015-2019 89.8% 84.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2015-2019 6.5% 11.8%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2015-2019 84.1% 89.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2015-2019 73.3% 80.7%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 83.9% 87.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 17.4% 31.3%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2015-2019 15.1% 9.4%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
13.8%
13.4%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 53.5% 61.3%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 50.0% 57.3%
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+, 2015-2019 24.2 24.8
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $43,646 $54,602
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $24,281 $30,783
Persons in poverty, percent
13.6%
13.6%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2018 757 234,948
Total employment, 2018 13,683 3,848,565
Total annual payroll, 2018 ($1,000) 554,545 184,233,031
Total employment, percent change, 2017-2018 1.0% 2.0%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 2,722 787,883
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.

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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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