Alexander County, NC

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Population

37,159

0.14% decline

Median Age

42.8


Median Household Income

$44,523

10.2% growth

Poverty Rate

14.7%


Number of Employees

16,393

4.12% growth

Median Property Value

$131,800

5.02% growth

About

In 2017, Alexander County, NC had a population of 37.2k people with a median age of 42.8 and a median household income of $44,523. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Alexander County, NC declined from 37,211 to 37,159, a -0.14% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,404 to $44,523, a 10.2% increase.

The population of Alexander County, NC is 87% White Alone, 5.86% Black or African American Alone, and 4.61% Hispanic or Latino. 4.34% of the people in Alexander County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.2% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Alexander County, NC is $131,800, and the homeownership rate is 75.5%. Most people in Alexander County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Alexander County, NC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Alexander County, NC employs 16.4k people. The largest industries in Alexander County, NC are Manufacturing (5,361 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,152 people), and Retail Trade (1,812 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,092), Transportation & Warehousing ($44,955), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,393).

Median household income in Alexander County, NC is $44,523. Males in Alexander 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 Alexander County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,523

2017 value

± $2,886

10.2%

1 Year Growth

± 10.3%

Households in Alexander County, NC have a median annual income of $44,523, 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 $40,404 in 2016, which represents a 10.2% 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 Alexander County, NC made 1.34 times more than female 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 Alexander County, NC 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 Alexander 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 407

  2. Census Tract 406

  3. Census Tract 402

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alexander County, NC was Census Tract 407 with a value of $57,783, followed by Census Tract 406 and Census Tract 402, with respective values of $45,819 and $38,897.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alexander County, NC (5.29k out of 35.9k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    3,611 ± 455

  2. Hispanic

    912 ± 301

  3. Other

    878 ± 304

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

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

16.4k

2017 Value

± 931

4.12%

1 Year growth

± 7.87%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alexander County, NC grew at a rate of 4.12%, from 15.7k employees to 16.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alexander County, NC, are Production Occupations (3,576 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,162 people), and Management Occupations (1,600 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Alexander County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Alexander County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,576 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,162 people), and Management Occupations (1,600 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alexander County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.76 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.62 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.49 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alexander County, NC, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($60,387), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($55,568), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($52,708).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16.4k

2017 Value

± 931

4.12%

1 Year growth

± 7.87%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alexander County, NC grew at a rate of 4.12%, from 15.7k employees to 16.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alexander County, NC, are Manufacturing (5,361 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,152 people), and Retail Trade (1,812 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Alexander County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Alexander 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 Alexander County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,361 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,152 people), and Retail Trade (1,812 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alexander County, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (3.23 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.03 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.08 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alexander County, NC, by median earnings, are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,092), Transportation & Warehousing ($44,955), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,393).

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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

89% of the population of Alexander County, NC has health coverage, with 40.4% on employee plans, 17.4% on Medicaid, 14.7% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 1.24% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Alexander County, NC see 5332 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.187% decrease from the previous year (5342 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5347 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2879 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

5332 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Alexander County, NC see an average of 5332 patients per year. This represents a 0.187% decrease from the previous year (5342 patients).

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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

11%

Uninsured

40.4%

Employer Coverage

17.4%

Medicaid

14.7%

Medicare

15.1%

Non-Group

1.24%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alexander County, NC declined by 3.58% from 11.5% to 11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Alexander 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

Alexander County, NC is home to a population of 37.2k people, from which 97.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.53% of Alexander County, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Alexander County, NC is composed of 32.3k White Alone residents (87%), 2.18k Black or African American Alone residents (5.86%), 1.71k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.61%), 428 Asian Alone residents (1.15%), 396 Two or More Races residents (1.07%), 82 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.221%), 28 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0754%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Alexander County, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,181 speakers), Hmong (145 speakers), and African Languages (42 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Alexander County, NC was 42.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Alexander County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Alexander County, NC residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.53%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.69%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.53% of Alexander 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 Alexander County, NC was 2.69%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Alexander County, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 Alexander County, NC residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

97.2%

2017 Citizenship

97.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.2% of Alexander County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Alexander County, NC was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    32.3k ± 25

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.18k ± 180

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.71k ± 327

In 2017, there were 14.8 times more White Alone residents (32.3k people) in Alexander County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.18k Black or African American Alone and 1.71k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,181 speakers (3.35%)

  2. Hmong

    145 speakers (0.411%)

  3. African Languages

    42 speakers (0.119%)

4.34% of Alexander County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Alexander County, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.35% of the overall population of Alexander County, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.411% speak Hmong and 0.119% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    926 ± 194

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    337 ± 141

  3. Korea

    238 ± 83

Alexander County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alexander County, NC was $131,800 in 2017, which is 0.606 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $125,500 to $131,800, a 5.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Alexander County, NC is 75.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Alexander County, NC have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Alexander 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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$44,523

Median Household Income

± $2,886

13.7k

Number of Households

± 795

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.7k households in Alexander County, NC grew to $44,523 from the previous year's value of $40,404.

The following chart displays the households in Alexander 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

$131,800

2017 Median

± $7,304

$125,500

2016 Median

± $6,619

In 2017, the median property value in Alexander County, NC grew to to $131,800 from the previous year's value of $125,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Alexander 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 Alexander County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

75.5%

2017 Homeownership

74.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.5% of the housing units in Alexander County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Alexander 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 Alexander County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Alexander County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alexander County, NC have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.19% of the workforce in Alexander County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.92%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.84%

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

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