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

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Watauga County, North Carolina
Wake County, North Carolina
Jones County, North Carolina
Madison County, North Carolina
Columbus County, North Carolina
Northampton County, North Carolina
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 56,177 1,111,761 9,419 21,755 55,508 19,483
People
Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 56,177 1,111,761 9,419 21,755 55,508 19,483
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 51,061 901,052 10,167 20,782 58,124 22,106
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 10.0% 23.4% -7.4% 4.7% -4.5% -11.9%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 51,079 900,993 10,153 20,764 58,098 22,099
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
3.3%
6.2%
4.9%
4.7%
5.2%
4.6%
Persons under 18 years, percent
12.8%
23.9%
18.5%
17.9%
20.9%
17.4%
Persons 65 years and over, percent
15.8%
11.6%
22.6%
22.3%
20.1%
25.9%
Female persons, percent
50.1%
51.3%
51.0%
50.7%
50.5%
51.2%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
94.8%
68.1%
66.4%
96.0%
63.2%
40.2%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
1.9%
21.0%
30.1%
1.5%
30.5%
57.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
0.4%
0.8%
1.0%
0.5%
3.7%
0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)
1.2%
7.5%
0.5%
0.5%
0.6%
0.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Z
0.1%
Z
Z
0.1%
Z
Two or More Races, percent
1.6%
2.5%
1.9%
1.4%
1.9%
1.3%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
3.7%
10.3%
5.1%
2.4%
5.5%
2.3%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
91.6%
59.8%
62.1%
93.9%
59.3%
38.9%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2014-2018 2,721 51,410 867 1,519 3,713 1,345
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 3.1% 13.2% 2.9% 1.9% 3.3% 1.6%
Housing
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 34,285 453,345 5,019 11,136 26,425 11,676
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2014-2018 60.6% 63.9% 72.8% 72.6% 71.9% 69.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2014-2018 $239,400 $265,800 $88,700 $180,400 $87,300 $83,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2014-2018 $1,371 $1,612 $1,071 $1,306 $1,055 $1,064
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2014-2018 $357 $506 $339 $329 $388 $418
Median gross rent, 2014-2018 $807 $1,102 $644 $678 $615 $701
Building permits, 2019 488 9,751 22 105 53 20
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2014-2018 20,355 390,498 4,137 8,452 22,306 8,628
Persons per household, 2014-2018 2.37 2.62 2.31 2.40 2.39 2.24
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2014-2018 76.3% 82.2% 90.7% 87.5% 88.2% 88.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2014-2018 4.7% 16.9% 5.1% 2.3% 6.5% 2.6%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2014-2018 89.1% 95.5% 74.8% 81.0% 74.4% 71.5%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2014-2018 80.6% 89.7% 56.5% 70.5% 61.5% 51.2%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 89.5% 92.7% 81.6% 85.4% 81.6% 79.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2014-2018 41.6% 51.8% 13.1% 27.6% 13.1% 12.8%
Health
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2014-2018 7.8% 5.8% 18.8% 12.2% 14.2% 14.9%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
12.8%
10.0%
15.8%
12.5%
15.6%
12.5%
Economy
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 56.2% 70.4% 52.7% 56.2% 46.6% 46.0%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2014-2018 53.7% 64.6% 46.0% 52.3% 46.4% 43.6%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 142,099 2,165,178 D 12,206 52,247 4,602
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 624,851 5,110,378 47,658 37,892 246,501 26,442
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 107,955 13,105,152 D D 900,932 246,437
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 140,238 18,602,580 D 6,806 295,184 D
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 762,864 14,359,328 33,706 111,500 553,126 131,215
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $14,707 $15,081 $3,280 $5,376 $9,597 $6,124
Transportation
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2014-2018 20.2 25.1 27.8 28.6 26.3 26.1
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $45,268 $76,956 $36,892 $42,410 $36,398 $35,499
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2018 dollars), 2014-2018 $24,906 $39,102 $21,539 $25,326 $22,081 $20,538
Persons in poverty, percent
21.2%
8.4%
16.2%
17.0%
25.3%
21.4%
Businesses
Businesses
Total employer establishments, 2017 1,624 29,406 138 334 992 251
Total employment, 2017 18,141 468,449 858 3,102 11,334 4,222
Total annual payroll, 2017 ($1,000) 592,616 25,591,813 25,725 85,972 408,115 147,405
Total employment, percent change, 2016-2017 2.5% 3.3% 2.8% 14.2% -1.1% 0.2%
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 4,985 95,345 583 2,037 3,506 915
All firms, 2012 6,304 92,382 824 1,741 4,395 1,090
Men-owned firms, 2012 3,514 48,936 416 980 2,596 628
Women-owned firms, 2012 1,630 32,914 329 578 1,294 412
Minority-owned firms, 2012 319 24,275 142 65 823 479
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 5,727 64,622 664 1,645 3,388 582
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 675 9,507 78 186 502 237
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 5,247 78,368 696 1,482 3,573 815
Geography
Geography
Population per square mile, 2010 163.4 1,078.8 21.6 46.2 62.0 41.2
Land area in square miles, 2010 312.56 835.22 470.71 449.57 937.29 536.59
FIPS Code 37189 37183 37103 37115 37047 37131
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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