Guilford County, NC

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Population

526,953

1.08% growth

Median Age

37.6


Median Household Income

$52,098

10.2% growth

Poverty Rate

16.7%


Number of Employees

257,378

4.36% growth

Median Property Value

$164,500

2.24% growth

About

In 2017, Guilford County, NC had a population of 527k people with a median age of 37.6 and a median household income of $52,098. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Guilford County, NC grew from 521,330 to 526,953, a 1.08% increase and its median household income grew from $47,262 to $52,098, a 10.2% increase.

The population of Guilford County, NC is 50.4% White Alone, 34% Black or African American Alone, and 8.06% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Guilford County, NC speak a non-English language, and 94.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Guilford County, NC are University of North Carolina at Greensboro (4,099 degrees awarded in 2016), Guilford Technical Community College (2,554 degrees), and North Carolina A & T State University (1,995 degrees).

The median property value in Guilford County, NC is $164,500, and the homeownership rate is 58.7%. Most people in Guilford County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Guilford County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Guilford County, NC employs 257k people. The largest industries in Guilford County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,959 people), Manufacturing (34,768 people), and Retail Trade (30,183 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($144,863), Utilities ($82,181), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,324).

Median household income in Guilford County, NC is $52,098. Males in Guilford County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,208. The income inequality in Guilford County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,098

2017 value

± $1,617

10.2%

1 Year Growth

± 4.25%

Households in Guilford County, NC have a median annual income of $52,098, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,262 in 2016, which represents a 10.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,048

Average Male Salary

± $1,147

$46,208

Average Female Salary

± $809

In 2017, full-time male employees in Guilford County, NC made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Guilford County, NC by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $63,340 ± $4,747

  2. White

    $51,739 ± $820

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $47,717 ± $31,159

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Guilford County, NC workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Guilford County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.474

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.293% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 104.04

  2. Census Tract 157.06

  3. Census Tract 125.10

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Guilford County, NC was Census Tract 104.04 with a value of $112,273, followed by Census Tract 157.06 and Census Tract 125.10, with respective values of $108,611 and $107,875.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Guilford County, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Guilford County, NC (84k out of 501k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    42,856 ± 1,617

  2. White

    29,221 ± 1,248

  3. Hispanic

    11,666 ± 785

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Guilford County, NC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

257k

2017 Value

± 8,769

4.36%

1 Year growth

± 4.55%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Guilford County, NC grew at a rate of 4.36%, from 247k employees to 257k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Guilford County, NC, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,045 people), Other Production Occupations (7,306 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (7,275 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Guilford County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Guilford County, NC, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,045 people), Other Production Occupations (7,306 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (7,275 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Guilford County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Judges, Magistrates, & Other Judicial Workers (3.86 times higher than expected), Supervisors of Transportation & Material Moving Workers (2.33 times), and Textile, Apparel, & Furnishings Workers (2.03 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Guilford County, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,681), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,439), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,873).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

257k

2017 Value

± 8,769

4.36%

1 Year growth

± 4.55%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Guilford County, NC grew at a rate of 4.36%, from 247k employees to 257k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Guilford County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,959 people), Manufacturing (34,768 people), and Retail Trade (30,183 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Guilford County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Guilford County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Guilford County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (36,959 people), Manufacturing (34,768 people), and Retail Trade (30,183 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Guilford County, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.4 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.2 times), and Educational Services (1.14 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Guilford County, NC, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($144,863), Utilities ($82,181), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,324).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals with $35.3B and Machinery and $34.5B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.7% of the population of Guilford County, NC has health coverage, with 49.1% on employee plans, 15.2% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.48% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Guilford County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Guilford County, NC see 1241 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.35% decrease from the previous year (1284 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1804 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 403 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,241 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Guilford County, NC see an average of 1,241 patients per year. This represents a 3.35% decrease from the previous year (1,284 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Guilford County, NC in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.34%

Uninsured

49.1%

Employer Coverage

15.2%

Medicaid

12.5%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

1.48%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Guilford County, NC grew by 4.93% from 8.9% to 9.34%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Guilford County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Guilford County, NC is home to a population of 527k people, from which 94.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 10% of Guilford County, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Guilford County, NC is composed of 265k White Alone residents (50.4%), 179k Black or African American Alone residents (34%), 42.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.06%), 26.8k Asian Alone residents (5.09%), 9.6k Two or More Races residents (1.82%), 2.22k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.422%), 964 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.183%), and 218 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0414%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Guilford County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Guilford County, NC was 37.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Guilford County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Guilford County, NC residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.97%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10% of Guilford County, NC residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Guilford County, NC was 9.97%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,569 ± 11,827 people

  2. India

    71,743 ± 6,553 people

  3. Honduras

    36,265 ± 4,667 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Guilford County, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 237,569 Guilford County, NC residents, followed by India with 71,743 and Honduras with 36,265.

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Citizenship

94.4%

2017 Citizenship

94.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.4% of Guilford County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Guilford County, NC was 94.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    265k ± 555

  2. Black or African American Alone

    179k ± 2.13k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    42.5k ± 4.94k

In 2017, there were 1.48 times more White Alone residents (265k people) in Guilford County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 179k Black or African American Alone and 42.5k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Guilford County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Guilford County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Guilford County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Guilford County, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,586 ± 1,314

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,693 ± 1,304

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,136 ± 907

Guilford County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Guilford County, NC awarded 11,055 degrees. The student population of Guilford County, NC is skewed towards women, with 19,796 male students and 31,879 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Guilford County, NC are White (5,597 and 52%), followed by Black or African American (3,643 and 33.9%), Hispanic or Latino (571 and 5.31%), and Unknown (334 and 3.1%).

The largest universities in Guilford County, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Greensboro (4,099 and 37.1%), Guilford Technical Community College (2,554 and 23.1%), and North Carolina A & T State University (1,995 and 18%).

The most popular majors in Guilford County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (816 and 7.38%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (707 and 6.4%), and General Psychology (459 and 4.15%).

The median tuition costs in Guilford County, NC are $27,350 for private four year colleges, and $3,903 and $17,714 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 443 degrees awarded

  2. 294 degrees awarded

  3. 674 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Guilford County, NC was General Psychology with 443 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Guilford County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,099 degrees awarded

  2. 2,554 degrees awarded

  3. 1,995 degrees awarded

$3,903

Median In-State Public

$27,350

Median Private

In 2016, the Guilford County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Greensboro with 4,099 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,116

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,939

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,116 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Guilford County, NC, which is 0.593 times less than the 6,939 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Guilford County, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,597 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    3,643 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    571 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Guilford County, NC were to White students. These 5,597 degrees mean that there were 1.54 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,643 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Guilford County, NC was $164,500 in 2017, which is 0.756 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $160,900 to $164,500, a 2.24% increase. The homeownership rate in Guilford County, NC is 58.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Guilford County, NC have an average commute time of 20.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Guilford County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$52,098

Median Household Income

± $1,617

203k

Number of Households

± 7,497

In 2017, the median household income of the 203k households in Guilford County, NC grew to $52,098 from the previous year's value of $47,262.

The following chart displays the households in Guilford County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$164,500

2017 Median

± $4,134

$160,900

2016 Median

± $4,234

In 2017, the median property value in Guilford County, NC grew to to $164,500 from the previous year's value of $160,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Guilford County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Guilford County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Guilford County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Guilford County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

58.7%

2017 Homeownership

57.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.7% of the housing units in Guilford County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Guilford County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Guilford County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Guilford County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Guilford County, NC have a shorter commute time (20.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.83% of the workforce in Guilford County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.69%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.85%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Guilford County, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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