Burke County, NC

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2022 Population
87,799
0.0342% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
45.1
1.58% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17%
6.45% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$53,732
11.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$155,500
21.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
39,539
1.41% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Burke County, NC had a population of 87.8k people with a median age of 45.1 and a median household income of $53,732. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Burke County, NC declined from 87,829 to 87,799, a −0.0342% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,142 to $53,732, a 11.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Burke County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.85%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.4%), Other (Hispanic) (2.83%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.42%).

None of the households in Burke County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.6% of the residents in Burke County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Burke County, NC are Western Piedmont Community College (520 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Burke County, NC was $155,500, and the homeownership rate was 76.1%.

Most people in Burke County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Burke County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Burke County, NC is home to a population of 87.8k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.9% of Burke County, NC residents were born outside of the country (4.3k people).

In 2022, there were 13.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (71.1k people) in Burke County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.14k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.98k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
97.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Burke County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Burke County, NC was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Burke County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    71.1k ± 115
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    5.14k ± 513
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.98k ± 235
6.67%
Hispanic Population
5.86k people

In 2022, there were 13.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (71.1k people) in Burke County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.14k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.98k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.67% of the people in Burke County, NC are hispanic (5.86k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Burke County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
4.3k people
4.92%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.32k people

As of 2022, 4.9% of Burke County, NC residents (4.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Burke County, NC was 4.92%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,316 ± 341
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    654 ± 198
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    600 ± 196

Burke County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Burke County, NC employs 39.5k people. The largest industries in Burke County, NC are Manufacturing (9,169 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,013 people), and Retail Trade (4,444 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($60,653), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,273), and Transportation & Warehousing ($49,341).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

39.5k
2022 Value
± 1,727
1.41%
1 Year growth
± 6.01%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Burke County, NC grew at a rate of 1.41%, from 39k employees to 39.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Burke County, NC, are Production Occupations (4,956 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,609 people), and Management Occupations (3,493 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Burke County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

39.5k
2022 Value
± 1,727
1.41%
1 Year growth
± 6.01%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Burke County, NC grew at a rate of 1.41%, from 39k employees to 39.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Burke County, NC, are Manufacturing (9,169 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,013 people), and Retail Trade (4,444 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Burke County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Burke County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,080
Median earning men ± $1,694
$31,570
Median earning women ± $1,620

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,594), Information ($63,178), and Wholesale Trade ($49,750).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,063), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,787), and Public Administration ($42,886).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 527
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 492
    Manufacturing
  3. 311
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Burke County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 69.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (29.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.605%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Burke County, NC awarded 520 degrees. The student population of Burke County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 640 male students and 1,109 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Burke County, NC are White (407 and 78.7%), followed by Asian (42 and 8.12%), Hispanic or Latino (37 and 7.16%), and Black or African American (29 and 5.61%).

The largest universities in Burke County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Western Piedmont Community College (520 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Burke County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (133 and 25.6%), General Cosmetology (45 and 8.65%), and Criminal Justice - Police Science (33 and 6.35%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,749 students enrolled in Burke County, NC, 36.6% men and 63.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,305 records, of which 64.1% were women and 35.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 133 degrees awarded
  2. 27 degrees awarded
  3. 19 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Burke County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 133 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
520 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Piedmont Community College with 520 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 175 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Burke County, NC, which is 0.507 times less than the 345 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 407 degrees mean that there were 9.69 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 42 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($209) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Burke County, NC was $155,500 in 2022, which is 0.552 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $128,300 to $155,500, a 21.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Burke County, NC is 76.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Burke County, NC have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Burke County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Burke County, NC is $53,732. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Burke County, NC was Census Tract 212.01 with a value of $70,921, followed by Census Tract 211 and Census Tract 208.01, with respective values of $59,545 and $59,109.

In 2022, 12.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Burke County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0199%.

Property

$155,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,541
$26,786
Median Property Taxes
±$1,273

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Burke County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Burke County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

76.1%
Homeownership
2022
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76.1% of the housing units in Burke County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 212.01
  2. Census Tract 211
  3. Census Tract 208.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Burke County, NC was Census Tract 212.01 with a value of $70,921, followed by Census Tract 211 and Census Tract 208.01, with respective values of $59,545 and $59,109.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$53,732
Median Household Income
± $2,551
35.2k
Number of Households
± 1,486

In 2022, the median household income of the 35.2k households in Burke County, NC grew to $53,732 from the previous year's value of $48,142.

The following chart displays the households in Burke 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Burke County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (85%)
  2. Carpooled (8.42%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.86%)

In 2022, 85% of workers in Burke County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.42%) and those who worked at home (4.86%).

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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Commute Time

23.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Burke County, NC have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.28% of the workforce in Burke County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 12.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Burke County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0199%.

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Poverty & Diversity

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Burke County, NC (14.5k out of 85.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Burke 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 30.1% of the children was living in poverty in Burke County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 2.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 179 in Burke County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 21.4 per 100,000 population.

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Health

89.2% of the population of Burke County, NC has health coverage, with 40.1% on employee plans, 17.5% on Medicaid, 16% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Burke County, NC see 1676 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.57% decrease from the previous year (1738 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2153 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 341 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,676 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Burke County, NC

Primary care physicians in Burke County, NC see an average of 1,676 patients per year. This represents a 3.57% decrease from the previous year (1,738 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Burke County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.6% under 18 years, 18.8% between 18 and 34 years, 40.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.8%
Uninsured
40.1%
Employer Coverage
17.5%
Medicaid
16%
Medicare
14.1%
Non-Group
1.57%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Burke County, NC declined by 8.99% from 11.8% to 10.8%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 68.4 in Burke County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36% in Burke County, NC.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 15.5% in Burke County, NC.

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