Cherokee County, NC

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Population

27,463

0.87% growth

Poverty Rate

16.8%


Median Age

50.8


Median Household Income

$38,115

8.02% growth

Number of Employees

9,925

4.97% growth

Median Property Value

$145,500

3.41% growth

About

In 2017, Cherokee County, NC had a population of 27.5k people with a median age of 50.8 and a median household income of $38,115. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cherokee County, NC grew from 27,226 to 27,463, a 0.87% increase and its median household income grew from $35,284 to $38,115, a 8.02% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.5%), White (Hispanic) (2.2%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.14%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.37%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.19%). N/A% of the people in Cherokee County, NC speak a non-English language, and 99% 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 $145,500, and the homeownership rate is 80%. Most people in Cherokee County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Cherokee County, NC is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Cherokee County, NC employs 9.93k people. The largest industries in Cherokee County, NC are Retail Trade (1,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,441 people), and Manufacturing (1,280 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,750), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($52,222), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($44,821).

Median household income in Cherokee County, NC is $38,115. Males in Cherokee County, 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 Cherokee County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,115

2017 value

± $2,031

8.02%

1 Year Growth

± 7.4%

Households in Cherokee County, NC have a median annual income of $38,115, 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 $35,284 in 2016, which represents a 8.02% 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.

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

  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 Cherokee County, 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)

  1. Census Tract 9306.01

  2. Census Tract 9305

  3. Census Tract 9306.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cherokee County, NC was Census Tract 9306.01 with a value of $44,811, followed by Census Tract 9305 and Census Tract 9306.02, with respective values of $41,169 and $38,145.

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

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cherokee County, NC (4.56k out of 27.1k 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 Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    4,142 ± 430

  2. Hispanic

    245 ± 149

  3. Black

    139 ± 121

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

9.93k

2017 Value

± 704

4.97%

1 Year growth

± 9.68%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 4.97%, from 9.46k employees to 9.93k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cherokee County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,353 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,188 people), and Management Occupations (858 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 Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,353 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,188 people), and Management Occupations (858 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 (1.65 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.48 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cherokee County, NC, by median earnings, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($133,125), Legal Occupations ($122,536), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,518).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.93k

2017 Value

± 704

4.97%

1 Year growth

± 9.68%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cherokee County, NC grew at a rate of 4.97%, from 9.46k employees to 9.93k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cherokee County, NC, are Retail Trade (1,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,441 people), and Manufacturing (1,280 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 (1,441 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,441 people), and Manufacturing (1,280 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cherokee County, NC has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.11 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.81 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cherokee County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,750), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($52,222), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($44,821).

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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. $54.9B

  2. $41.2B

  3. $40B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($41.2B) and Machinery ($40B).

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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$443B

2020 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

42.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 42.7% 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. $28.4B

  2. $28.1B

  3. $28B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $28.4B, followed by Virginia with $28.1B and Georgia and $28B.

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

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Health

83.8% of the population of Cherokee County, NC has health coverage, with 26.3% on employee plans, 19.4% on Medicaid, 21% on Medicare, 15.5% on non-group plans, and 1.6% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Cherokee County, NC 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

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%).

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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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$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

16.2%

Uninsured

26.3%

Employer Coverage

19.4%

Medicaid

21%

Medicare

15.5%

Non-Group

1.6%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cherokee County, NC declined by 11.8% from 18.4% to 16.2%.

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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Diversity

Cherokee County, NC is home to a population of 27.5k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.58% of Cherokee County, NC residents were born outside of the country (709 people).

In 2017, there were 41.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.1k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 604 White (Hispanic) and 587 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

51

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

60

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cherokee County, NC was 50.8. 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 2016, the average age of all Cherokee County, NC residents was 50.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.58%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

709 people

2.45%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

667 people

As of 2017, 2.58% of Cherokee County, NC residents (709 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 Cherokee County, NC was 2.45%, 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

99%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Cherokee County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cherokee County, NC was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Cherokee County, NC

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    25.1k ± 42

  2. White (Hispanic)

    604 ± 162

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    587 ± 104

In 2017, there were 41.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (25.1k people) in Cherokee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 604 White (Hispanic) and 587 Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,182 ± 170

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    184 ± 105

  3. Korea

    151 ± 74

Cherokee County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 6.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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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 degrees awarded

  2. 9 degrees awarded

  3. 9 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cherokee County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 72 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

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 $145,500 in 2017, which is 0.633 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $140,700 to $145,500, a 3.41% increase. The homeownership rate in Cherokee County, NC is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cherokee County, NC have an average commute time of 22.9 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

$145,500

2017 Median

± $7,973

$140,700

2016 Median

± $9,029

In 2017, the median property value in Cherokee County, NC grew to to $145,500 from the previous year's value of $140,700.

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.

$38,115

Median Household Income

± $2,031

11.2k

Number of Households

± 701

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.2k households in Cherokee County, NC grew to $38,115 from the previous year's value of $35,284.

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 $60k - $75k 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%

2017 Homeownership

79.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 80% of the housing units in Cherokee County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79.7%.

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

22.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cherokee County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.07% 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

    81.6%

  2. Worked At Home

    6.87%

  3. Carpooled

    6.26%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cherokee County, NC was Drove Alone (81.6%), followed by those who Worked At Home (6.87%) and those who Carpooled (6.26%).

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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