Brunswick County, NC

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Population

122,586

2.87% growth

Median Age

51.9


Median Household Income

$51,164

3.66% growth

Poverty Rate

14.1%


Number of Employees

48,982

5.07% growth

Median Property Value

$194,700

2.74% growth

About

In 2017, Brunswick County, NC had a population of 123k people with a median age of 51.9 and a median household income of $51,164. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Brunswick County, NC grew from 119,167 to 122,586, a 2.87% increase and its median household income grew from $49,356 to $51,164, a 3.66% increase.

The population of Brunswick County, NC is 81.6% White Alone, 10.5% Black or African American Alone, and 4.74% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Brunswick County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Brunswick County, NC are Brunswick Community College (435 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Brunswick County, NC is $194,700, and the homeownership rate is 77.2%. Most people in Brunswick County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Brunswick County, NC is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: A view of the Southport Yacht Basin in Southport, North Carolina in Brunswick County at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

Economy

The economy of Brunswick County, NC employs 49k people. The largest industries in Brunswick County, NC are Retail Trade (7,491 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,835 people), and Construction (5,652 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,059), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,081), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,536).

Median household income in Brunswick County, NC is $51,164. Males in Brunswick 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 Brunswick County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,164

2017 value

± $1,371

3.66%

1 Year Growth

± 3.93%

Households in Brunswick County, NC have a median annual income of $51,164, 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 $49,356 in 2016, which represents a 3.66% 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.

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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 Brunswick 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 203.07

  2. Census Tract 203.04

  3. Census Tract 205.08

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Brunswick County, NC was Census Tract 203.07 with a value of $101,250, followed by Census Tract 203.04 and Census Tract 205.08, with respective values of $74,894 and $68,292.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Brunswick County, NC (17.1k out of 121k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    11,884 ± 850

  2. Black

    3,592 ± 502

  3. Hispanic

    1,572 ± 296

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

49k

2017 Value

± 1,590

5.07%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Brunswick County, NC grew at a rate of 5.07%, from 46.6k employees to 49k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Brunswick County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (6,421 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,976 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (4,225 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Brunswick County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Brunswick County, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (6,421 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,976 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (4,225 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Brunswick County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.73 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.49 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.36 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Brunswick County, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($71,027), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,149), and Management Occupations ($60,154).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

49k

2017 Value

± 1,590

5.07%

1 Year growth

± 4.49%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Brunswick County, NC grew at a rate of 5.07%, from 46.6k employees to 49k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Brunswick County, NC, are Retail Trade (7,491 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,835 people), and Construction (5,652 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Brunswick County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Brunswick 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 Brunswick County, NC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (7,491 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,835 people), and Construction (5,652 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Brunswick County, NC has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.99 times higher than expected), Construction (1.84 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.53 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Brunswick County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($78,059), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,081), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,536).

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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

87.5% of the population of Brunswick County, NC has health coverage, with 32.5% on employee plans, 14.7% on Medicaid, 20.7% on Medicare, 17.9% on non-group plans, and 1.7% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Brunswick County, NC see 1949 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.15% decrease from the previous year (2122 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2821 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1282 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

1,949 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Brunswick County, NC see an average of 1,949 patients per year. This represents a 8.15% decrease from the previous year (2,122 patients).

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

12.5%

Uninsured

32.5%

Employer Coverage

14.7%

Medicaid

20.7%

Medicare

17.9%

Non-Group

1.7%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Brunswick County, NC declined by 11.8% from 14.1% to 12.5%.

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

Brunswick County, NC is home to a population of 123k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.16% of Brunswick County, NC residents were born outside of the country (5.1k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Brunswick County, NC is composed of 100k White Alone residents (81.6%), 12.9k Black or African American Alone residents (10.5%), 5.82k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.74%), 2.43k Two or More Races residents (1.98%), 779 Asian Alone residents (0.635%), 426 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.348%), 123 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.1%), and 103 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.084%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

52

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Brunswick County, NC was 51.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 52, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Brunswick County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Brunswick County, NC residents was 51.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.1k people

4.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.12k people

As of 2017, 4.16% of Brunswick County, NC residents (5.1k 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 Brunswick County, NC was 4.3%, 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

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Brunswick County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Brunswick County, NC was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    100k ± 95

  2. Black or African American Alone

    12.9k ± 347

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5.82k ± 847

In 2017, there were 7.77 times more White Alone residents (100k people) in Brunswick County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.9k Black or African American Alone and 5.82k 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 Brunswick 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 Brunswick 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 Brunswick County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Brunswick 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

    6,316 ± 465

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,409 ± 276

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,347 ± 307

Brunswick County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Brunswick County, NC awarded 435 degrees. The student population of Brunswick County, NC is skewed towards women, with 531 male students and 869 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Brunswick County, NC are White (335 and 77%), followed by Black or African American (51 and 11.7%), Hispanic or Latino (23 and 5.29%), and Two or More Races (15 and 3.45%).

The largest universities in Brunswick County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Brunswick Community College (435 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Brunswick County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (197 and 45.3%), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (37 and 8.51%), and Registered Nursing (20 and 4.6%).

The median tuition costs in Brunswick 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 Brunswick County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 197 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

435 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Brunswick County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Brunswick Community College with 435 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

162

Degrees Awarded to Men

273

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 162 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Brunswick County, NC, which is 0.593 times less than the 273 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    335 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    51 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    23 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Brunswick County, NC were to White students. These 335 degrees mean that there were 6.57 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 51 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Brunswick County, NC was $194,700 in 2017, which is 0.895 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $189,500 to $194,700, a 2.74% increase. The homeownership rate in Brunswick County, NC is 77.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Brunswick County, NC have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Brunswick 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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$51,164

Median Household Income

± $1,371

53.1k

Number of Households

± 1,482

In 2017, the median household income of the 53.1k households in Brunswick County, NC grew to $51,164 from the previous year's value of $49,356.

The following chart displays the households in Brunswick 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

$194,700

2017 Median

± $5,052

$189,500

2016 Median

± $5,469

In 2017, the median property value in Brunswick County, NC grew to to $194,700 from the previous year's value of $189,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Brunswick 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 Brunswick 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 Brunswick County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Brunswick County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

77.2%

2017 Homeownership

75.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.2% of the housing units in Brunswick County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.9%.

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

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Brunswick County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.82% of the workforce in Brunswick County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.2%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.69%

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

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