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Northampton County, North Carolina; Columbus County, North Carolina; Gaston County, North Carolina; Polk County, North Carolina

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Northampton County, North Carolina
Columbus County, North Carolina
Gaston County, North Carolina
Polk County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 19,483 55,508 224,529 20,724
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 19,483 55,508 224,529 20,724
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 22,106 58,124 206,098 20,516
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) -11.9% -4.5% 8.9% 1.0%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 22,099 58,098 206,086 20,510
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
4.7%
5.2%
5.9%
3.8%
Persons under 18 years, percent
17.2%
20.7%
22.4%
15.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
27.0%
20.6%
16.3%
32.1%
Female persons, percent
51.0%
50.4%
51.7%
52.1%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
40.4%
63.1%
77.6%
92.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
57.2%
30.6%
17.9%
4.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.7%
3.8%
0.6%
0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)
0.3%
0.5%
1.6%
0.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Z
0.1%
0.1%
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.4%
1.9%
2.2%
1.5%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
2.6%
5.6%
7.6%
5.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
38.8%
59.1%
71.1%
87.7%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2014-2018 1,345 3,713 13,233 1,557
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 1.6% 3.3% 5.5% 3.6%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 11,676 26,425 94,975 11,846
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018 69.0% 71.9% 66.3% 73.4%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018 $83,100 $87,300 $136,500 $212,300
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2014-2018 $1,064 $1,055 $1,170 $1,259
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2014-2018 $418 $388 $379 $386
Median gross rent, 2014-2018 $701 $615 $808 $828
Building permits, 2019 20 53 1,396 84
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2014-2018 8,628 22,306 81,494 9,047
Persons per household, 2014-2018 2.24 2.39 2.62 2.22
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2014-2018 88.8% 88.2% 86.4% 89.3%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2014-2018 2.6% 6.5% 8.2% 5.6%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2014-2018 71.5% 74.4% 85.3% 86.4%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2014-2018 51.2% 61.5% 77.7% 76.3%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 79.5% 81.6% 84.7% 90.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 12.8% 13.1% 20.6% 31.7%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2014-2018 14.9% 14.2% 11.5% 10.5%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
12.5%
15.6%
12.4%
14.0%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 46.0% 46.6% 61.3% 52.1%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 43.6% 46.4% 55.8% 50.1%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 4,602 52,247 297,365 14,416
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 26,442 246,501 1,177,432 104,400
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 246,437 900,932 5,021,369 78,166
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D 295,184 2,037,658 D
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 131,215 553,126 2,329,466 100,771
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $6,124 $9,597 $11,197 $4,971
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2014-2018 26.1 26.3 26.0 27.0
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $35,499 $36,398 $49,384 $48,834
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $20,538 $22,081 $26,069 $30,344
Persons in poverty, percent
21.4%
25.3%
14.2%
11.8%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2018 244 969 4,219 483
Total employment, 2018 4,370 11,489 67,160 3,910
Total annual payroll, 2018 ($1,000) 159,402 421,949 2,672,214 126,332
Total employment, percent change, 2017-2018 3.5% 1.4% 4.7% -1.0%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 915 3,506 14,291 1,994
All firms, 2012 1,090 4,395 15,375 2,163
Men-owned firms, 2012 628 2,596 8,619 1,255
Women-owned firms, 2012 412 1,294 5,202 701
Minority-owned firms, 2012 479 823 2,336 88
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 582 3,388 12,514 2,021
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 237 502 1,644 411
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 815 3,573 12,963 1,677
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 41.2 62.0 578.8 86.3
Land area in square miles, 2010 536.59 937.29 356.03 237.79
FIPS Code 37131 37047 37071 37149
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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