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Polk County, North Carolina; Greene County, North Carolina; Washington County, North Carolina; Watauga County, North Carolina

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Polk County, North Carolina
Greene County, North Carolina
Washington County, North Carolina
Watauga County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 20,724 21,069 11,580 56,177
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 20,724 21,069 11,580 56,177
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 20,516 21,353 13,193 51,061
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 1.0% -1.3% -12.2% 10.0%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 20,510 21,362 13,228 51,079
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
3.8%
5.0%
5.1%
3.3%
Persons under 18 years, percent
15.7%
19.9%
19.9%
12.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
32.1%
17.0%
25.3%
16.4%
Female persons, percent
52.1%
45.2%
52.8%
50.2%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
92.8%
58.7%
47.7%
94.8%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
4.2%
36.8%
48.9%
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.6%
2.2%
0.9%
0.4%
Asian alone, percent(a)
0.8%
0.6%
0.4%
1.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Z
0.3%
Z
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.5%
1.4%
2.0%
1.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
5.9%
15.7%
5.6%
4.0%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
87.7%
46.6%
44.2%
91.4%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2014-2018 1,557 1,063 809 2,721
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 3.6% 7.6% 2.5% 3.1%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 11,846 8,372 6,450 34,285
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018 73.4% 70.7% 63.2% 60.6%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018 $212,300 $85,900 $85,000 $239,400
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2014-2018 $1,259 $1,045 $1,106 $1,371
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2014-2018 $386 $392 $432 $357
Median gross rent, 2014-2018 $828 $668 $646 $807
Building permits, 2019 84 25 8 488
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2014-2018 9,047 7,259 5,073 20,355
Persons per household, 2014-2018 2.22 2.56 2.37 2.37
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2014-2018 89.3% 81.6% 91.8% 76.3%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2014-2018 5.6% 15.4% 3.4% 4.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2014-2018 86.4% 83.0% 71.6% 89.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2014-2018 76.3% 71.9% 58.1% 80.6%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 90.9% 74.1% 79.9% 89.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 31.7% 10.5% 11.3% 41.6%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2014-2018 10.5% 18.1% 16.8% 7.8%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
14.0%
19.6%
12.8%
12.8%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 52.1% 52.3% 47.9% 56.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 50.1% 51.8% 41.4% 53.7%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 14,416 D D 142,099
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 104,400 35,238 34,741 624,851
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 78,166 D 394,643 107,955
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) D D 174,124 140,238
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 100,771 83,534 127,671 762,864
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $4,971 $3,898 $10,024 $14,707
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2014-2018 27.0 26.5 24.8 20.2
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $48,834 $38,306 $35,512 $45,268
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $30,344 $18,339 $21,043 $24,906
Persons in poverty, percent
11.8%
23.5%
21.1%
21.2%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2018 483 251 224 1,647
Total employment, 2018 3,910 2,114 2,764 18,401
Total annual payroll, 2018 ($1,000) 126,332 63,646 105,660 618,052
Total employment, percent change, 2017-2018 -1.0% 1.1% -2.3% 1.4%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 1,994 1,075 603 4,985
All firms, 2012 2,163 1,105 865 6,304
Men-owned firms, 2012 1,255 620 395 3,514
Women-owned firms, 2012 701 355 370 1,630
Minority-owned firms, 2012 88 347 199 319
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 2,021 734 597 5,727
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 411 165 221 675
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 1,677 909 573 5,247
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 86.3 80.3 38.0 163.4
Land area in square miles, 2010 237.79 265.93 348.14 312.56
FIPS Code 37149 37079 37187 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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