New Hanover County, NC

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Population

219,866

1.59% growth

Median Age

38.7


Median Household Income

$51,457

0.439% growth

Poverty Rate

18%


Number of Employees

107,369

1.4% growth

Median Property Value

$225,600

4.54% growth

About

In 2017, New Hanover County, NC had a population of 220k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $51,457. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of New Hanover County, NC grew from 216,430 to 219,866, a 1.59% increase and its median household income grew from $51,232 to $51,457, a 0.439% increase.

The population of New Hanover County, NC is 76.9% White Alone, 14% Black or African American Alone, and 5.4% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in New Hanover County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Hanover County, NC are University of North Carolina Wilmington (3,869 degrees awarded in 2016), Cape Fear Community College (1,838 degrees), and Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (761 degrees).

The median property value in New Hanover County, NC is $225,600, and the homeownership rate is 57.4%. Most people in New Hanover County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in New Hanover County, NC is 2 cars per household.

New Hanover County, NC borders Brunswick County, NC and Pender County, NC.

About the photo: Market Street in Wilmington, North Carolina in New Hanover County.

Economy

The economy of New Hanover County, NC employs 107k people. The largest industries in New Hanover County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,430 people), Retail Trade (13,783 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (12,065 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($96,094), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($73,558), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,054).

Median household income in New Hanover County, NC is $51,457. Males in New Hanover County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in New Hanover County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,457

2017 value

± $941

0.439%

1 Year Growth

± 2.66%

Households in New Hanover County, NC have a median annual income of $51,457, 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 $51,232 in 2016, which represents a 0.439% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina 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

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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 New Hanover County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

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 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 117.03

  2. Census Tract 120.04

  3. Census Tract 123

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Hanover County, NC was Census Tract 117.03 with a value of $109,207, followed by Census Tract 120.04 and Census Tract 123, with respective values of $103,333 and $101,061.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Hanover County, NC (38.4k out of 213k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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. White

    25,372 ± 1,278

  2. Black

    10,082 ± 750

  3. Hispanic

    4,057 ± 470

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in New Hanover County, NC is White, followed by Black 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

107k

2017 Value

± 2,586

1.4%

1 Year growth

± 3.37%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in New Hanover County, NC grew at a rate of 1.4%, from 106k employees to 107k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Hanover County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (15,186 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,798 people), and Management Occupations (11,313 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of New Hanover County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of New Hanover County, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (15,186 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,798 people), and Management Occupations (11,313 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, New Hanover County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.5 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.46 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Hanover County, NC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,677), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,677), and Management Occupations ($65,189).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

107k

2017 Value

± 2,586

1.4%

1 Year growth

± 3.37%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in New Hanover County, NC grew at a rate of 1.4%, from 106k employees to 107k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Hanover County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,430 people), Retail Trade (13,783 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (12,065 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of New Hanover County, NC, though some of these residents may live in New Hanover 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 New Hanover County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,430 people), Retail Trade (13,783 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (12,065 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, New Hanover County, NC has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.53 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.48 times), and Information (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Hanover County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($96,094), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($73,558), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,054).

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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 ($35.3B) and Machinery ($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

88.8% of the population of New Hanover County, NC has health coverage, with 44.5% on employee plans, 12.2% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 18.4% on non-group plans, and 1.61% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in New Hanover County, NC see 1130 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.89% increase from the previous year (1109 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1322 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 271 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

1,130 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New Hanover County, NC see an average of 1,130 patients per year. This represents a 1.89% increase from the previous year (1,109 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New Hanover 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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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

11.2%

Uninsured

44.5%

Employer Coverage

12.2%

Medicaid

12.1%

Medicare

18.4%

Non-Group

1.61%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Hanover County, NC declined by 9.24% from 12.4% to 11.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in New Hanover 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

New Hanover County, NC is home to a population of 220k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.01% of New Hanover County, NC residents were born outside of the country (11k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of New Hanover County, NC is composed of 169k White Alone residents (76.9%), 30.7k Black or African American Alone residents (14%), 11.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.4%), 4.31k Two or More Races residents (1.96%), 2.83k Asian Alone residents (1.29%), 577 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.262%), 325 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.148%), and 151 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0687%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in New Hanover County, NC was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in New Hanover County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all New Hanover County, NC residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.01%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11k people

5.31%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

11.5k people

As of 2017, 5.01% of New Hanover County, NC residents (11k people) 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 New Hanover County, NC was 5.31%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

97.1%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.1% of New Hanover County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in New Hanover County, NC was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    169k ± 167

  2. Black or African American Alone

    30.7k ± 497

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    11.9k ± 1.05k

In 2017, there were 5.5 times more White Alone residents (169k people) in New Hanover County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.7k Black or African American Alone and 11.9k 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 New Hanover 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 New Hanover County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in New Hanover County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of New Hanover 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

    5,436 ± 436

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,437 ± 424

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,008 ± 414

New Hanover County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in New Hanover County, NC awarded 6,593 degrees. The student population of New Hanover County, NC is skewed towards women, with 10,289 male students and 17,331 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Hanover County, NC are White (4,904 and 75%), followed by Black or African American (804 and 12.3%), Hispanic or Latino (351 and 5.37%), and Unknown (167 and 2.56%).

The largest universities in New Hanover County, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina Wilmington (3,869 and 58.7%), Cape Fear Community College (1,838 and 27.9%), and Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (761 and 11.5%).

The most popular majors in New Hanover County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (782 and 11.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (602 and 9.13%), and Registered Nursing (366 and 5.55%).

The median tuition costs in New Hanover County, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,356 and $18,325 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 639 degrees awarded

  2. 306 degrees awarded

  3. 222 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in New Hanover County, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 639 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,869 degrees awarded

  2. 1,838 degrees awarded

  3. 761 degrees awarded

$4,356

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the New Hanover County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina Wilmington with 3,869 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,474

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,119

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,474 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Hanover County, NC, which is 0.601 times less than the 4,119 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,904 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    804 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    351 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in New Hanover County, NC were to White students. These 4,904 degrees mean that there were 6.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 804 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Hanover County, NC was $225,600 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $215,800 to $225,600, a 4.54% increase. The homeownership rate in New Hanover County, NC is 57.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in New Hanover County, NC have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in New Hanover 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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$51,457

Median Household Income

± $941

91.7k

Number of Households

± 2,300

In 2017, the median household income of the 91.7k households in New Hanover County, NC grew to $51,457 from the previous year's value of $51,232.

The following chart displays the households in New Hanover 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

$225,600

2017 Median

± $4,454

$215,800

2016 Median

± $4,042

In 2017, the median property value in New Hanover County, NC grew to to $225,600 from the previous year's value of $215,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in New Hanover 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 New Hanover County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

57.4%

2017 Homeownership

57.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.4% of the housing units in New Hanover County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 57.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in New Hanover 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 New Hanover County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in New Hanover County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Hanover County, NC have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in New Hanover County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Carpooled

    7.65%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.31%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in New Hanover County, NC was Drove Alone (80.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.65%) and those who Worked At Home (7.31%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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