Cherokee County, NC

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Population
27,668
0.746% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
Median Age
50.9

Poverty Rate
16.5%

Median Household Income
$40,294
5.72% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$152,200
4.6% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
10,300
3.78% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Cherokee County, NC had a population of 27.7k people with a median age of 50.9 and a median household income of $40,294. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Cherokee County, NC grew from 27,463 to 27,668, a 0.746% increase and its median household income grew from $38,115 to $40,294, a 5.72% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.3%), White (Hispanic) (2.31%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.11%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.41%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.32%). NaNk% of the people in Cherokee County, NC speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cherokee County, NC are Tri-County Community College (172 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Cherokee County, NC is $152,200, and the homeownership rate is 80.2%. Most people in Cherokee County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Cherokee County, NC is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 76.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (20.2%), followed by Other (3.36%). The most partisan county was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican 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.

Cherokee County, NC 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 North Carolina
76.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in North Carolina
  1. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 77.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in North Carolina was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican 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, 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 Cherokee County, NC have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Cherokee County, NC is home to a population of 27.7k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.6% of Cherokee County, NC residents were born outside of the country (718 people).

In 2018, there were 39.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.3k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 639 White (Hispanic) and 585 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)
    25.3k ± 37
  2. White (Hispanic)
    639 ± 137
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    585 ± 144
3.06%
Hispanic Population
846 people

In 2018, there were 39.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.3k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 639 White (Hispanic) and 585 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.06% of the people in Cherokee County, NC are hispanic (846 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

2.6%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
718 people
2.58%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
709 people

As of 2018, 2.6% of Cherokee County, NC residents (718 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 2.58%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

51
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
60
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 6.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Cherokee County, NC was 50.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 51, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 60. But people in Cherokee County, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Cherokee County, NC residents was 51.

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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

98.9%
2018 Citizenship
99%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.9% of Cherokee County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,365 ± 177
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    215 ± 92
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    197 ± 93

Cherokee County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 6.35 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Cherokee County, NC is $40,294. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Cherokee County, NC was Census Tract 9306.01 with a value of $46,131, followed by Census Tract 9305 and Census Tract 9306.02, with respective values of $41,742 and $39,828.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Cherokee County, NC employs 10.3k people. The largest industries in Cherokee County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,437 people), Retail Trade (1,418 people), and Manufacturing (1,289 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($86,591), Finance & Insurance ($55,750), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($51,875).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,294
2018 value
± $2,205
5.72%
1 Year Growth
± 7.23%

Households in Cherokee County, NC have a median annual income of $40,294, 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 $38,115 in 2017, which represents a 5.72% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,136
$44,729
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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
    $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 in North Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cherokee County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.473
2017 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.471
2016 Wage GINI in North Carolina

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 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)
  1. Census Tract 9306.01
  2. Census Tract 9305
  3. Census Tract 9306.02

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cherokee County, NC was Census Tract 9306.01 with a value of $46,131, followed by Census Tract 9305 and Census Tract 9306.02, with respective values of $41,742 and $39,828.

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 Gender

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cherokee County, NC (4.52k out of 27.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. 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
    4,128 ± 412
  2. Hispanic
    292 ± 147
  3. Native American
    142 ± 120

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cherokee County, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

10.3k
2018 Value
± 691
3.78%
1 Year growth
± 9.4%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 3.78%, from 9.93k employees to 10.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cherokee County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,180 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,123 people), and Production Occupations (866 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 (1,180 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,123 people), and Production Occupations (866 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.88 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.63 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.59 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($105,000), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($53,700), and Management Occupations ($49,184).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.3k
2018 Value
± 691
3.78%
1 Year growth
± 9.4%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 3.78%, from 9.93k employees to 10.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cherokee County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,437 people), Retail Trade (1,418 people), and Manufacturing (1,289 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 Health Care & Social Assistance (1,437 people), Retail Trade (1,418 people), and Manufacturing (1,289 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, NC has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.69 times higher than expected), Construction (1.61 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cherokee County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($86,591), Finance & Insurance ($55,750), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($51,875).

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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 in North Carolina
$632B
Projected 2045 Value in North Carolina
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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Education

In 2017, universities in Cherokee County, NC awarded 172 degrees. The student population of Cherokee County, NC is skewed towards women, with 399 male students and 627 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cherokee County, NC are White (166 and 96.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (3 and 1.74%), American Indian or Alaska Native (2 and 1.16%), and Black or African American (1 and 0.581%).

The largest universities in Cherokee County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Tri-County Community College (172 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Cherokee County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (72 and 41.9%), Welding Technology (12 and 6.98%), and Information Technology (9 and 5.23%).

The median tuition costs in Cherokee 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.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 72 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 9 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 9 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cherokee County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 72 degree-majorss 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
172 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Cherokee County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tri-County Community College with 172 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

74
Degrees Awarded to Men
98
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 74 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cherokee County, NC, which is 0.755 times less than the 98 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender 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
    166 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3 degrees awarded
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native
    2 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cherokee County, NC were to White students. These 166 degrees mean that there were 55.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 3 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cherokee County, NC was $152,200 in 2018, which is 0.663 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $145,500 to $152,200, a 4.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Cherokee County, NC is 80.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cherokee County, NC have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. 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

$152,200
2018 Median
± $6,672
$145,500
2017 Median
± $7,973

In 2018, the median property value in Cherokee County, NC grew to to $152,200 from the previous year's value of $145,500.

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 N/A range.

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Household Income

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$40,294
Median Household Income
± $2,205
11.9k
Number of Households
± 696

In 2018, the median household income of the 11.9k households in Cherokee County, NC grew to $40,294 from the previous year's value of $38,115.

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

80.2%
2018 Homeownership
80%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 80.2% of the housing units in Cherokee County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80%.

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

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cherokee County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 3.31% of the workforce in Cherokee County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    81.2%
  2. Carpooled
    8.38%
  3. Worked At Home
    5.97%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Cherokee County, NC was Drove Alone (81.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.38%) and those who Worked At Home (5.97%).

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 3 cars.

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Health

86% of the population of Cherokee County, NC has health coverage, with 27.2% on employee plans, 19.3% on Medicaid, 21% on Medicare, 16.7% on non-group plans, and 1.78% 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 2091 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.144% increase from the previous year (2088 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3101 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 754 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

2,091 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cherokee County, NC

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, NC see an average of 2,091 patients per year. This represents a 0.144% increase from the previous year (2,088 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

14%
Uninsured
27.2%
Employer Coverage
19.3%
Medicaid
21%
Medicare
16.7%
Non-Group
1.78%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cherokee County, NC declined by 13.9% from 16.2% to 14%.

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. 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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