Beaufort County, NC

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Population

47,316

0.415% decline

Median Age

45.4


Median Household Income

$41,101

0.477% growth

Poverty Rate

19.1%


Number of Employees

19,051

0.358% growth

Median Property Value

$123,600

1.23% growth

About

In 2017, Beaufort County, NC had a population of 47.3k people with a median age of 45.4 and a median household income of $41,101. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Beaufort County, NC declined from 47,513 to 47,316, a -0.415% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,906 to $41,101, a 0.477% increase.

The population of Beaufort County, NC is 65.8% White Alone, 25.6% Black or African American Alone, and 7.56% Hispanic or Latino. 6.53% of the people in Beaufort County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Beaufort County, NC are Beaufort County Community College (368 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Beaufort County, NC is $123,600, and the homeownership rate is 70.8%. Most people in Beaufort County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Beaufort County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Beaufort County, NC employs 19.1k people. The largest industries in Beaufort County, NC are Manufacturing (3,086 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,911 people), and Retail Trade (1,893 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,250), Manufacturing ($41,189), and Transportation & Warehousing ($41,000).

Median household income in Beaufort County, NC is $41,101. Males in Beaufort 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 Beaufort County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,101

2017 value

± $2,273

0.477%

1 Year Growth

± 7.47%

Households in Beaufort County, NC have a median annual income of $41,101, 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 $40,906 in 2016, which represents a 0.477% 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 Beaufort 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 Beaufort 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

    $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 Beaufort 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 Beaufort 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 9305.01

  2. Census Tract 9309

  3. Census Tract 9302

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Beaufort County, NC was Census Tract 9305.01 with a value of $53,682, followed by Census Tract 9309 and Census Tract 9302, with respective values of $53,582 and $48,594.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Beaufort County, NC (8.95k out of 46.8k 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 35 - 44, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

    4,436 ± 455

  2. White

    4,103 ± 546

  3. Hispanic

    1,083 ± 378

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Beaufort 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

19.1k

2017 Value

± 1,022

0.358%

1 Year growth

± 7.26%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Beaufort County, NC grew at a rate of 0.358%, from 19k employees to 19.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Beaufort County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,251 people), Management Occupations (1,898 people), and Production Occupations (1,889 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Beaufort County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Beaufort County, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,251 people), Management Occupations (1,898 people), and Production Occupations (1,889 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Beaufort County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.14 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.96 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.82 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Beaufort County, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($61,806), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($61,650), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,615).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.1k

2017 Value

± 1,022

0.358%

1 Year growth

± 7.26%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Beaufort County, NC grew at a rate of 0.358%, from 19k employees to 19.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Beaufort County, NC, are Manufacturing (3,086 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,911 people), and Retail Trade (1,893 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Beaufort County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Beaufort 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 Beaufort County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,086 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,911 people), and Retail Trade (1,893 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Beaufort County, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.02 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.37 times), and Manufacturing (1.6 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Beaufort County, NC, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,250), Manufacturing ($41,189), and Transportation & Warehousing ($41,000).

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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

87.7% of the population of Beaufort County, NC has health coverage, with 30.6% on employee plans, 20.9% on Medicaid, 15.3% on Medicare, 19.5% on non-group plans, and 1.37% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Beaufort County, NC see 2072 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.88% increase from the previous year (1903 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2796 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 932 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

2072 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Beaufort County, NC see an average of 2072 patients per year. This represents a 8.88% increase from the previous year (1903 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Beaufort 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

12.3%

Uninsured

30.6%

Employer Coverage

20.9%

Medicaid

15.3%

Medicare

19.5%

Non-Group

1.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Beaufort County, NC declined by 2.01% from 12.6% to 12.3%.

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

Beaufort County, NC is home to a population of 47.3k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.55% of Beaufort County, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Beaufort County, NC is composed of 31.2k White Alone residents (65.8%), 12.1k Black or African American Alone residents (25.6%), 3.58k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.56%), 412 Two or More Races residents (0.871%), 41 Asian Alone residents (0.0867%), 21 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0444%), 15 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0317%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Beaufort County, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (2,475 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (129 speakers), and German (86 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Beaufort County, NC was 45.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Beaufort County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Beaufort County, NC residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.55%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.77%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.55% of Beaufort 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 Beaufort County, NC was 3.77%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Beaufort County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Beaufort County, NC was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    31.2k ± 34

  2. Black or African American Alone

    12.1k ± 190

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.58k ± 589

In 2017, there were 2.57 times more White Alone residents (31.2k people) in Beaufort County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.1k Black or African American Alone and 3.58k 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 Beaufort County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    2,475 speakers (5.5%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    129 speakers (0.287%)

  3. German

    86 speakers (0.191%)

6.53% of Beaufort 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 Beaufort County, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 5.5% of the overall population of Beaufort County, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.287% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.191% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,373 ± 238

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    318 ± 119

  3. Korea

    273 ± 97

Beaufort County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Beaufort County, NC awarded 368 degrees. The student population of Beaufort County, NC is skewed towards women, with 503 male students and 1,019 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Beaufort County, NC are White (261 and 70.9%), followed by Black or African American (79 and 21.5%), Hispanic or Latino (19 and 5.16%), and Unknown (3 and 0.815%).

The largest universities in Beaufort County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Beaufort County Community College (368 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Beaufort County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (86 and 23.4%), Registered Nursing (45 and 12.2%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (43 and 11.7%).

The median tuition costs in Beaufort County, NC 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 Associates Degree recipients in Beaufort County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 86 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

368 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Beaufort County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Beaufort County Community College with 368 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

121

Degrees Awarded to Men

247

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 121 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Beaufort County, NC, which is 0.49 times less than the 247 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

    261 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    79 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    19 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Beaufort County, NC were to White students. These 261 degrees mean that there were 3.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 79 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Beaufort County, NC was $123,600 in 2017, which is 0.568 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $122,100 to $123,600, a 1.23% increase. The homeownership rate in Beaufort County, NC is 70.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Beaufort County, NC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Beaufort 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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$41,101

Median Household Income

± $2,273

19k

Number of Households

± 912

In 2017, the median household income of the 19k households in Beaufort County, NC grew to $41,101 from the previous year's value of $40,906.

The following chart displays the households in Beaufort 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

$123,600

2017 Median

± $8,112

$122,100

2016 Median

± $7,181

In 2017, the median property value in Beaufort County, NC grew to to $123,600 from the previous year's value of $122,100.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

70.8%

2017 Homeownership

69.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 70.8% of the housing units in Beaufort County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.4%.

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

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Commute Time

24 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Beaufort County, NC have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.34% of the workforce in Beaufort County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    87.2%

  2. Carpooled

    5.58%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.3%

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

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