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The economy of Burke County, NC employs 36,878 people. The economy of Burke County, NC is specialized in Manufacturing; Healthcare & Social Assistance; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, which employ respectively 2.11; 1.37; and 1.15 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Burke County, NC are Manufacturing (8,062), Healthcare & Social Assistance (7,002), and Retail trade (3,766), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($47,813), Transportation & Warehousing ($38,125), and Finance & Insurance ($34,688).

Median household income in Burke County, NC is $39,759. Males in Burke County, NC have an average income that is 1.1 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,041. The income inequality of Burke County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.422 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Burke County, NC. In Burke County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 54 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,617. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Burke County, NC is home to a population of 89,082 people, from which 97.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Burke County, NC is composed of 73,303 White residents (82.3%), 5,441 Black residents (6.11%), 5,170 Hispanic residents (5.8%), 3,237 Asian residents (3.63%), and 1,270 Two+ residents (1.43%). The most common foreign languages in Burke County, NC are Spanish (3,926 speakers), Hmong (1,941 speakers), and Laotian (441 speakers), but compared to other places, Burke County, NC has a relative high number of Hmong (1,941 speakers), Laotian (441 speakers), and Other (158 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Burke County, NC awarded 421 degrees. The student population of Burke County, NC is skewed towards females, with 182 male students and 239 female students. Most students in Burke County, NC are White (331 and 78.6%), followed by Asian (53 and 12.6%), Black or African American (20 and 4.75%), and Hispanic or Latino (14 and 3.33%). The largest universities in Burke County, NC by number of graduates are Western Piedmont Community College (421 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Burke County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (136 and 32.3%), Registered Nursing (25 and 5.94%), and Criminal Justice - Police Science (17 and 4.04%). The median tuition costs in Burke 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.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Burke County, NC is $113,600, which is 0.55 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $113,100 to $113,600, a 0.44% increase. The homeownership rate of Burke County, NC is 70.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Burke County, NC have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Burke County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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