Carbon County, PA

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Population

63,987

0.533% decline

Poverty Rate

12.8%


Median Age

45.7


Median Household Income

$51,236

0.815% growth

Number of Employees

29,256

0.0239% growth

Median Property Value

$141,200

0.0708% decline

About

In 2017, Carbon County, PA had a population of 64k people with a median age of 45.7 and a median household income of $51,236. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Carbon County, PA declined from 64,330 to 63,987, a -0.533% decrease and its median household income grew from $50,822 to $51,236, a 0.815% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Carbon County, PA are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.4%), White (Hispanic) (3.78%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.71%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.04%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.45%). N/A% of the people in Carbon County, PA speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Carbon County, PA is $141,200, and the homeownership rate is 77.3%. Most people in Carbon County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Carbon County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Pennsylvania, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Pennsylvania (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Carbon County, PA employs 29.3k people. The largest industries in Carbon County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,072 people), Manufacturing (4,604 people), and Retail Trade (3,493 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,327), Public Administration ($51,029), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,250).

Median household income in Carbon County, PA is $51,236. Males in Carbon County, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Carbon County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,236

2017 value

± $1,791

0.815%

1 Year Growth

± 4.77%

Households in Carbon County, PA have a median annual income of $51,236, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,822 in 2016, which represents a 0.815% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania 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

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Pennsylvania by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Carbon County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 208

  2. Census Tract 205

  3. Census Tract 201.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Carbon County, PA was Census Tract 208 with a value of $66,673, followed by Census Tract 205 and Census Tract 201.03, with respective values of $62,713 and $61,394.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Carbon County, PA (8.05k out of 62.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 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

    7,350 ± 577

  2. Hispanic

    758 ± 199

  3. Black

    377 ± 186

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Carbon County, PA is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

29.3k

2017 Value

± 1,125

0.0239%

1 Year growth

± 5.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Carbon County, PA grew at a rate of 0.0239%, from 29.2k employees to 29.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Carbon County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,322 people), Production Occupations (2,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,276 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Carbon County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Carbon County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,322 people), Production Occupations (2,911 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,276 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carbon County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.72 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.68 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Carbon County, PA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,214), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($70,387), and Management Occupations ($61,800).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

29.3k

2017 Value

± 1,125

0.0239%

1 Year growth

± 5.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Carbon County, PA grew at a rate of 0.0239%, from 29.2k employees to 29.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Carbon County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,072 people), Manufacturing (4,604 people), and Retail Trade (3,493 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Carbon County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Carbon County, PA 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 Carbon County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,072 people), Manufacturing (4,604 people), and Retail Trade (3,493 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carbon County, PA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.55 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.34 times), and Information (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Carbon County, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($64,327), Public Administration ($51,029), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $88.5B

  2. $57.4B

  3. $55.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $88.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($57.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($55.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$671B

2020 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

42.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $671B. This is expected to increase 42.2% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $65.4B

  2. $62.6B

  3. $35.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $65.4B, followed by New Jersey with $62.6B and Ohio and $35.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.5% of the population of Carbon County, PA has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 15.1% on Medicaid, 16.4% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Carbon County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Carbon County, PA see 1999 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.85% decrease from the previous year (2079 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2355 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2193 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,999 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Carbon County, PA see an average of 1,999 patients per year. This represents a 3.85% decrease from the previous year (2,079 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

6.46%

Uninsured

46.8%

Employer Coverage

15.1%

Medicaid

16.4%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

1.38%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Carbon County, PA declined by 19.1% from 7.99% to 6.46%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Carbon County, PA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Carbon County, PA is home to a population of 64k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.47% of Carbon County, PA residents were born outside of the country (1.58k people).

In 2017, there were 24.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (59.1k people) in Carbon County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.42k White (Hispanic) and 1.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

49

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Carbon County, PA was 45.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Carbon County, PA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Carbon County, PA residents was 46.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.58k people

2.68%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.72k people

As of 2017, 2.47% of Carbon County, PA residents (1.58k 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 Carbon County, PA was 2.68%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Carbon County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Carbon County, PA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Carbon County, PA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    59.1k ± 50

  2. White (Hispanic)

    2.42k ± 164

  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    1.1k ± 106

In 2017, there were 24.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (59.1k people) in Carbon County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.42k White (Hispanic) and 1.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Carbon County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,844 ± 228

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    657 ± 214

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    612 ± 152

Carbon County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Carbon County, PA was $141,200 in 2017, which is 0.615 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $141,300 to $141,200, a 0.0708% decrease. The homeownership rate in Carbon County, PA is 77.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Carbon County, PA have an average commute time of 30.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Carbon County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$141,200

2017 Median

± $5,842

$141,300

2016 Median

± $5,364

In 2017, the median property value in Carbon County, PA declined from to $141,200 from the previous year's value of $141,300.

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

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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.

$51,236

Median Household Income

± $1,791

26k

Number of Households

± 1,033

In 2017, the median household income of the 26k households in Carbon County, PA grew to $51,236 from the previous year's value of $50,822.

The following chart displays the households in Carbon County, PA 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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Carbon County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Carbon County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

77.3%

2017 Homeownership

78%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.3% of the housing units in Carbon County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 78%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Carbon County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

30.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Carbon County, PA have a longer commute time (30.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.78% of the workforce in Carbon County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.5%

  2. Carpooled

    7.91%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.89%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Carbon County, PA was Drove Alone (83.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.91%) and those who Worked At Home (3.89%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Carbon County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Carbon County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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