Burlington, NC

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Population

157,844

0.941% growth

Median Age

39.7


Median Household Income

$44,281

2.48% growth

Poverty Rate

17.6%


Number of Employees

73,906

1.87% growth

Median Property Value

$145,500

1.39% growth

About

In 2017, Burlington, NC had a population of 158k people with a median age of 39.7 and a median household income of $44,281. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Burlington, NC grew from 156,372 to 157,844, a 0.941% increase and its median household income grew from $43,209 to $44,281, a 2.48% increase.

The population of Burlington, NC is 65% White Alone, 18.9% Black or African American Alone, and 12.3% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Burlington, NC speak a non-English language, and 94.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Burlington, NC are Elon University (1,850 degrees awarded in 2016), Alamance Community College (946 degrees), and Beyond Measure Barbering Institute (15 degrees).

The median property value in Burlington, NC is $145,500, and the homeownership rate is 65.4%. Most people in Burlington, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Burlington, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Burlington, NC employs 73.9k people. The largest industries in Burlington, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,201 people), Manufacturing (12,109 people), and Retail Trade (9,133 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,333), Utilities ($48,958), and Finance & Insurance ($45,873).

Median household income in Burlington, NC is $44,281. Males in Burlington, 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 Burlington, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,281

2017 value

± $1,192

2.48%

1 Year Growth

± 3.56%

Households in Burlington, NC have a median annual income of $44,281, 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 $43,209 in 2016, which represents a 2.48% 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 Burlington, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Burlington, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $77,691, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $77,318 and $69,940.

The following map shows all of the counties in Burlington, 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

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Burlington, NC (27k out of 154k 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 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    14,381 ± 833

  2. Black

    7,707 ± 625

  3. Hispanic

    6,157 ± 555

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

73.9k

2017 Value

± 1,808

1.87%

1 Year growth

± 3.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Burlington, NC grew at a rate of 1.87%, from 72.5k employees to 73.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Burlington, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,578 people), Production Occupations (7,979 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,440 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Burlington, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Burlington, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,578 people), Production Occupations (7,979 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,440 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Burlington, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.86 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.61 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.26 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Burlington, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($72,368), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,406), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($63,903).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

73.9k

2017 Value

± 1,808

1.87%

1 Year growth

± 3.46%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Burlington, NC grew at a rate of 1.87%, from 72.5k employees to 73.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Burlington, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,201 people), Manufacturing (12,109 people), and Retail Trade (9,133 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Burlington, NC, though some of these residents may live in Burlington, 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 Burlington, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,201 people), Manufacturing (12,109 people), and Retail Trade (9,133 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Burlington, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.62 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.19 times), and Construction (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Burlington, NC, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,333), Utilities ($48,958), and Finance & Insurance ($45,873).

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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

87.1% of the population of Burlington, NC has health coverage, with 44.3% on employee plans, 17% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.943% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Burlington, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 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

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

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

12.9%

Uninsured

44.3%

Employer Coverage

17%

Medicaid

12.7%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

0.943%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Burlington, NC declined by 9.38% from 14.2% to 12.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Burlington, 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

Burlington, NC is home to a population of 158k people, from which 94.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.2% of Burlington, NC residents were born outside of the country (12.9k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Burlington, NC is composed of 103k White Alone residents (65%), 29.8k Black or African American Alone residents (18.9%), 19.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (12.3%), 3.07k Two or More Races residents (1.94%), 2.38k Asian Alone residents (1.51%), 416 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.264%), 136 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0862%), and 67 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0424%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Burlington, NC was 39.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Burlington, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Burlington, NC residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

12.9k people

8.18%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

12.8k people

As of 2017, 8.2% of Burlington, NC residents (12.9k 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 Burlington, NC was 8.18%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

94.3%

2017 Citizenship

94.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.3% of Burlington, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Burlington, NC was 94.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    103k ± 86

  2. Black or African American Alone

    29.8k ± 409

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    19.5k ± 1.76k

In 2017, there were 3.45 times more White Alone residents (103k people) in Burlington, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29.8k Black or African American Alone and 19.5k 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 Burlington, 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 Burlington, 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 Burlington, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Burlington, 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

    2,998 ± 264

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,125 ± 232

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,076 ± 208

Burlington, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Burlington, NC awarded 2,811 degrees. The student population of Burlington, NC is skewed towards women, with 4,343 male students and 6,795 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Burlington, NC are White (2,165 and 78.6%), followed by Black or African American (262 and 9.52%), Hispanic or Latino (155 and 5.63%), and Unknown (59 and 2.14%).

The largest universities in Burlington, NC by number of degrees awarded are Elon University (1,850 and 65.8%), Alamance Community College (946 and 33.7%), and Beyond Measure Barbering Institute (15 and 0.534%).

The most popular majors in Burlington, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (182 and 6.47%), Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication (156 and 5.55%), and General Business Administration & Management (136 and 4.84%).

The median tuition costs in Burlington, NC are $32,685 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 Bachelors Degree recipients in Burlington, NC was General Finance with 132 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,850 degrees awarded

  2. 946 degrees awarded

  3. 15 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$32,685

Median Private

In 2016, the Burlington, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Elon University with 1,850 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,136

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,675

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,136 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Burlington, NC, which is 0.678 times less than the 1,675 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,165 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    262 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    155 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Burlington, NC were to White students. These 2,165 degrees mean that there were 8.26 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 262 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Burlington, NC was $145,500 in 2017, which is 0.669 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $143,500 to $145,500, a 1.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Burlington, NC is 65.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Burlington, NC have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Burlington, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$44,281

Median Household Income

± $1,192

63k

Number of Households

± 1,625

In 2017, the median household income of the 63k households in Burlington, NC grew to $44,281 from the previous year's value of $43,209.

The following chart displays the households in Burlington, 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

$145,500

2017 Median

± $3,245

$143,500

2016 Median

± $2,715

In 2017, the median property value in Burlington, NC grew to to $145,500 from the previous year's value of $143,500.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Burlington, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Burlington, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.4%

2017 Homeownership

64.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.4% of the housing units in Burlington, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

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

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Commute Time

22.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Burlington, NC have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.86% of the workforce in Burlington, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.31%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.9%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Burlington, NC was Drove Alone (85.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.31%) and those who Worked At Home (2.9%).

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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