Carter County, OK

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Population

48,407

0.253% decline

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$47,754

1.79% growth

Poverty Rate

16.4%


Number of Employees

20,543

1.55% decline

Median Property Value

$109,000

6.65% growth

About

In 2017, Carter County, OK had a population of 48.4k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $47,754. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Carter County, OK declined from 48,530 to 48,407, a -0.253% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,913 to $47,754, a 1.79% increase.

The population of Carter County, OK is 70.8% White Alone, 7.75% Two or More Races, and 7.15% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Carter County, OK speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Carter County, OK are Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (221 degrees awarded in 2017) and Paul Mitchell the School-Ardmore (28 degrees).

The median property value in Carter County, OK is $109,000, and the homeownership rate is 69.2%. Most people in Carter County, OK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Carter County, OK is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Carter County, OK employs 20.5k people. The largest industries in Carter County, OK are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,004 people), Manufacturing (2,744 people), and Retail Trade (2,535 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($55,125), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,500), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($50,493).

Median household income in Carter County, OK is $47,754. Males in Carter County, OK have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,687. The income inequality in Carter County, OK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,754

2017 value

± $1,702

1.79%

1 Year Growth

± 5.4%

Households in Carter County, OK have a median annual income of $47,754, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,913 in 2016, which represents a 1.79% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,090

Average Male Salary

± $1,576

$39,687

Average Female Salary

± $1,128

In 2017, full-time male employees in Oklahoma made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Oklahoma 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. White

    $46,109 ± $1,108

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,605 ± $18,568

  3. Asian

    $44,604 ± $6,576

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oklahoma workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Carter County, OK is from Oklahoma.

0.455

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0213% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Oklahoma 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 8927

  2. Census Tract 8930

  3. Census Tract 8925

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Carter County, OK was Census Tract 8927 with a value of $59,952, followed by Census Tract 8930 and Census Tract 8925, with respective values of $58,449 and $57,969.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Carter County, OK (7.78k out of 47.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 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. White

    5,460 ± 378

  2. Two Or More

    768 ± 177

  3. Black

    747 ± 158

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Carter County, OK is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

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

20.5k

2017 Value

± 766

-1.55%

1 Year decline

± 5.32%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Carter County, OK declined at a rate of -1.55%, from 20.9k employees to 20.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Carter County, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,724 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,970 people), and Management Occupations (1,772 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Carter County, OK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Carter County, OK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,724 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,970 people), and Management Occupations (1,772 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, OK has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.55 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.47 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.46 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Carter County, OK, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($68,491), Management Occupations ($60,304), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($58,324).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

20.5k

2017 Value

± 766

-1.55%

1 Year decline

± 5.32%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Carter County, OK declined at a rate of -1.55%, from 20.9k employees to 20.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Carter County, OK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,004 people), Manufacturing (2,744 people), and Retail Trade (2,535 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Carter County, OK, though some of these residents may live in Carter County, OK 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 Carter County, OK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,004 people), Manufacturing (2,744 people), and Retail Trade (2,535 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, OK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (9.22 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.51 times), and Utilities (1.39 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Carter County, OK, by median earnings, are Utilities ($55,125), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($53,500), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($50,493).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $60.6B

  2. $20.5B

  3. $18.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $60.6B, followed by Fuel oils ($20.5B) and Gasoline ($18.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$237B

2020 Value

$309B

Projected 2045 Value

30.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Oklahoma trade was $237B. This is expected to increase 30.4% to $309B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $43.1B

  2. $21.9B

  3. $8.38B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $43.1B, followed by Kansas with $21.9B and Arkansas and $8.38B.

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

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Health

85.4% of the population of Carter County, OK has health coverage, with 40.5% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Carter County, OK was $7,627 in 2014. This is a 4.58% increase from the previous year ($7,293).

Primary care physicians in Carter County, OK see 1739 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.88% increase from the previous year (1627 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1566 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 228 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Adair County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,739 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Carter County, OK see an average of 1,739 patients per year. This represents a 6.88% increase from the previous year (1,627 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Carter County, OK 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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,627

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,878

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,529

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oklahoma (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.58%, from $7,293 to $7,627.

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

14.6%

Uninsured

40.5%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

12.2%

Medicare

13.1%

Non-Group

1.38%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Carter County, OK grew by 0.418% from 14.6% to 14.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Carter County, OK 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. 16.2% prevalence

  3. 15.9% prevalence

Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma, at 16.2%.

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

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Diversity

Carter County, OK is home to a population of 48.4k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.03% of Carter County, OK residents were born outside of the country (1.47k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Carter County, OK is composed of 34.3k White Alone residents (70.8%), 3.75k Two or More Races residents (7.75%), 3.46k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (7.15%), 3.31k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.83%), 3.08k Black or African American Alone residents (6.36%), 536 Asian Alone residents (1.11%), 11 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0227%), and 6 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0124%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Carter County, OK was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Carter County, OK are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Carter County, OK residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.03%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.47k people

2.86%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.39k people

As of 2017, 3.03% of Carter County, OK residents (1.47k 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 Carter County, OK was 2.86%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    107,425 ± 7,935 people

  2. Vietnam

    15,408 ± 3,041 people

  3. India

    7,989 ± 2,192 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma was Mexico, the natal country of 107,425 Oklahoma residents, followed by Vietnam with 15,408 and India with 7,989.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Carter County, OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Carter County, OK was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    34.3k ± 26

  2. Two or More Races

    3.75k ± 371

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    3.46k ± 299

In 2017, there were 9.13 times more White Alone residents (34.3k people) in Carter County, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.75k Two or More Races and 3.46k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,253 ± 167

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    546 ± 142

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    463 ± 108

Carter County, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.29 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Carter County, OK awarded 249 degrees. The student population of Carter County, OK is skewed towards women, with 329 male students and 363 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Carter County, OK are White (157 and 63.1%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (32 and 12.9%), Two or More Races (21 and 8.43%), and Hispanic or Latino (20 and 8.03%).

The largest universities in Carter County, OK by number of degrees awarded are Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (221 and 88.8%) and Paul Mitchell the School-Ardmore (28 and 11.2%).

The most popular majors in Carter County, OK are General Cosmetology (31 and 12.4%), Medical Assistant (27 and 10.8%), and Medium or Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology (23 and 9.24%).

The median tuition costs in Carter County, OK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Carter County, OK was General Cosmetology with 31 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Carter County, OK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 221 degrees awarded

  2. 28 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Carter County, OK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southern Oklahoma Technology Center with 221 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

138

Degrees Awarded to Men

111

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 138 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Carter County, OK, which is 1.24 times more than the 111 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Carter County, OK by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    157 degrees awarded

  2. American Indian or Alaska Native

    32 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    21 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Carter County, OK were to White students. These 157 degrees mean that there were 4.91 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 32 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Carter County, OK was $109,000 in 2017, which is 0.475 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $102,200 to $109,000, a 6.65% increase. The homeownership rate in Carter County, OK is 69.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Carter County, OK have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Carter County, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$109,000

2017 Median

± $4,263

$102,200

2016 Median

± $4,203

In 2017, the median property value in Carter County, OK grew to to $109,000 from the previous year's value of $102,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Carter County, OK 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 Carter County, OK the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$47,754

Median Household Income

± $1,702

18.3k

Number of Households

± 658

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.3k households in Carter County, OK grew to $47,754 from the previous year's value of $46,913.

The following chart displays the households in Carter County, OK 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.2%

2017 Homeownership

69.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.2% of the housing units in Carter County, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Carter County, OK have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.29% of the workforce in Carter County, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.97%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Carter County, OK was Drove Alone (83.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.3%) and those who Worked At Home (2.97%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Carter County, OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Carter County, OK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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