Cherokee County, NC

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2020 Population
28,413
1.59% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
52.1
1.17% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
17.8%
7.14% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$40,793
1.56% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$163,900
3.02% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
11,077
2.15% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Cherokee County, NC had a population of 28.4k people with a median age of 52.1 and a median household income of $40,793. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Cherokee County, NC grew from 27,969 to 28,413, a 1.59% increase and its median household income declined from $41,438 to $40,793, a −1.56% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.7%), White (Hispanic) (2.36%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.94%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.72%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.28%).

None of the households in Cherokee 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.

98.7% of the residents in Cherokee County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cherokee County, NC are Tri-County Community College (202 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Cherokee County, NC was $163,900, and the homeownership rate was 81.5%. Most people in Cherokee County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Cherokee County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Cherokee County, NC is home to a population of 28.4k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.65% of Cherokee County, NC residents were born outside of the country (752 people).

In 2020, there were 38.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.8k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 671 White (Hispanic) and 550 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    25.8k ± 49
  2. White (Hispanic)
    671 ± 176
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    550 ± 160
3.45%
Hispanic Population
980 people

In 2020, there were 38.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.8k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 671 White (Hispanic) and 550 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.45% of the people in Cherokee County, NC are hispanic (980 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.65%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
752 people
2.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
755 people

As of 2020, 2.65% of Cherokee County, NC residents (752 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 2.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

52
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
52
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4

In 2020, the median age of all people in Cherokee County, NC was 52.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 52, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 52. But people in Cherokee County, NC are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Cherokee County, NC residents was 52.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Citizenship

98.7%
2020 Citizenship
98.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.7% of Cherokee County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,457 ± 200
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    292 ± 124
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    245 ± 133

Cherokee County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.99 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Cherokee County, NC employs 11.1k people. The largest industries in Cherokee County, NC are Retail Trade (1,764 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,507 people), and Construction (1,357 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,771), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,961), and Transportation & Warehousing ($53,633).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,793
2020 value
± $2,333
−1.56%
1 Year Growth
± 8.31%

Households in Cherokee County, NC have a median annual income of $40,793, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,438 in 2019, which represents a −1.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$65,285
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,177
$49,357
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $863

In 2020, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina 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 in North Carolina
  1. Asian
    $68,761 ± $4,586
  2. White
    $55,155 ± $864
  3. Two or More Races
    $42,126 ± $3,548

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in North Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cherokee County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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.

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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9303
  2. Census Tract 9302

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cherokee County, NC (5k out of 28k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 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
    4,685 ± 542
  2. Hispanic
    248 ± 179
  3. Black
    129 ± 156

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cherokee County, NC 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

11.1k
2020 Value
± 785
2.15%
1 Year growth
± 9.49%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 2.15%, from 10.8k employees to 11.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cherokee County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,849 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,250 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (997 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,849 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,250 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (997 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.79 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.76 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, NC, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($65,136), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($58,066), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($56,400).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11.1k
2020 Value
± 785
2.15%
1 Year growth
± 9.49%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 2.15%, from 10.8k employees to 11.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cherokee County, NC, are Retail Trade (1,764 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,507 people), and Construction (1,357 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cherokee County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Cherokee 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 Cherokee County, NC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,764 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,507 people), and Construction (1,357 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, NC has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (3.18 times higher than expected), Construction (1.83 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.63 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cherokee County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($56,771), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,961), and Transportation & Warehousing ($53,633).

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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. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

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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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

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. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Cherokee County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 76.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (21.8%), followed by Other (0.712%). The most partisan county was Durham County, NC with 80.4% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Cherokee County, NC
76.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in North Carolina
  1. 80.4% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 80% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 79.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in North Carolina was Durham County, NC with 80.4% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in North Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from North Carolina

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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 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 2020, universities in Cherokee County, NC awarded 202 degrees. The student population of Cherokee County, NC is skewed towards women, with 387 male students and 604 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cherokee County, NC are White (186 and 92.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (8 and 3.98%), Asian (2 and 0.995%), and Two or More Races (2 and 0.995%).

The largest universities in Cherokee County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Tri-County Community College (202 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Cherokee County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (105 and 52%), Registered Nursing (18 and 8.91%), and Welding Technology (11 and 5.45%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 105 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 18 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 7 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cherokee County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 105 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
202 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Cherokee County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tri-County Community College with 202 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

73
Degrees Awarded to Men
129
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 73 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cherokee County, NC, which is 0.566 times less than the 129 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Cherokee County, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    186 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    8 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    2 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Cherokee County, NC was White students. These 186 degrees mean that there were 23.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cherokee County, NC was $163,900 in 2020, which is 0.713 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $159,100 to $163,900, a 3.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Cherokee County, NC is 81.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Cherokee County, NC have an average commute time of 26.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Cherokee County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$163,900
2020 Median
± $5,628
$159,100
2019 Median
± $6,469

In 2020, the median property value in Cherokee County, NC grew to to $163,900 from the previous year's value of $159,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cherokee 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 Cherokee County, NC 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.
$40,793
Median Household Income
± $2,333
12.5k
Number of Households
± 848

In 2020, the median household income of the 12.5k households in Cherokee County, NC declined from $40,793 from the previous year's value of $41,438.

The following chart displays the households in Cherokee 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

81.5%
2020 Homeownership
79%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 81.5% of the housing units in Cherokee County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cherokee County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

26.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cherokee County, NC have a shorter commute time (26.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 5.57% of the workforce in Cherokee County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (77.7%)
  2. Carpooled (8.86%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.54%)

In 2020, 77.7% of workers in Cherokee County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.86%) and those who worked at home (8.54%).

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 Cherokee County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cherokee County, NC have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

84.5% of the population of Cherokee County, NC has health coverage, with 26.5% on employee plans, 18% on Medicaid, 22.6% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 2.43% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, NC see 2580 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.15% decrease from the previous year (2809 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3179 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 734 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jones County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (27.2%). Additionally, Bladen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (49.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,580 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cherokee County, NC

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, NC see an average of 2,580 patients per year. This represents a 8.15% decrease from the previous year (2,809 patients).

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

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for North Carolina.
$7,264
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in North Carolina
$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

15.5%
Uninsured
26.5%
Employer Coverage
18%
Medicaid
22.6%
Medicare
14.9%
Non-Group
2.43%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cherokee County, NC grew by 9.61% from 14.2% to 15.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cherokee 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. 27.2% prevalence
  2. 25.2% prevalence
  3. 23.2% prevalence

Jones County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 27.2%.

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

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