Durham County, NC

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2019 Population
321,488
1.5% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
35.7
0.281% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
15.2%
5.04% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$65,317
12.5% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$248,900
6.69% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
165,940
2.76% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Durham County, NC had a population of 321k people with a median age of 35.7 and a median household income of $65,317. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Durham County, NC grew from 316,739 to 321,488, a 1.5% increase and its median household income grew from $58,073 to $65,317, a 12.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Durham County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (42.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (35.2%), White (Hispanic) (9.89%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.96%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.87%). 0% of the households in Durham County, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

90.5% of the residents in Durham County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Durham County, NC are Duke University (6,528 degrees awarded in 2019), North Carolina Central University (1,730 degrees), and Durham Technical Community College (1,372 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Durham County, NC was $248,900, and the homeownership rate was 54.8%. Most people in Durham County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Durham County, NC was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Durham County, NC is home to a population of 321k people, from which 90.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 34.1% of Durham County, NC residents were born outside of the country (110k people).

In 2018, there were 1.21 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (135k people) in Durham County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 112k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 31.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Durham County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    135k ± 299
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    112k ± 2.62k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    31.3k ± 3.51k
13.7%
Hispanic Population
43.4k people

In 2018, there were 1.21 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (135k people) in Durham County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 112k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 31.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.7% of the people in Durham County, NC are hispanic (43.4k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

34.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
110k people
13.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
42.3k people

As of 2019, 34.1% of Durham County, NC residents (110k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Durham County, NC was 13.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Durham County, NC was 35.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Durham County, NC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Durham County, NC residents was 36.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    220,441 ± 11,405 people
  2. India
    77,725 ± 6,819 people
  3. Honduras
    43,980 ± 5,138 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 220,441 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 77,725 and Honduras with 43,980.

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Citizenship

90.5%
2019 Citizenship
90.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 90.5% of Durham County, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Durham County, NC was 90.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,704 ± 1,168
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,256 ± 1,145
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,234 ± 867

Durham County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.44 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.

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

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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

Median household income in Durham County, NC is $65,317. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Durham County, NC was Census Tract 20.20 with a value of $145,179, followed by Census Tract 20.08 and Census Tract 16.04, with respective values of $135,403 and $104,314.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,401. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Durham County, NC employs 166k people. The largest industries in Durham County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,387 people), Educational Services (28,009 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (16,208 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($75,451), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($71,648), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($61,973).

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,317
2019 value
± $3,614
12.5%
1 Year Growth
± 7.88%

Households in Durham County, NC have a median annual income of $65,317, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,073 in 2018, which represents a 12.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,597
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,174
$48,401
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $831

In 2019, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.33 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
    $65,628 ± $4,429
  2. White
    $54,443 ± $852
  3. Two or More Races
    $37,867 ± $3,715

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 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 Durham County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2018 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2019, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.472 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.426% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 20.20
  2. Census Tract 20.08
  3. Census Tract 16.04

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Durham County, NC was Census Tract 20.20 with a value of $145,179, followed by Census Tract 20.08 and Census Tract 16.04, with respective values of $135,403 and $104,314.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Durham County, NC (45.2k out of 298k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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. Black
    20,779 ± 1,327
  2. White
    17,681 ± 1,025
  3. Hispanic
    11,353 ± 884

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

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

166k
2019 Value
± 8,334
−2.76%
1 Year decline
± 7.06%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Durham County, NC declined at a rate of −2.76%, from 171k employees to 166k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Durham County, NC, are Management Occupations (20,358 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (15,415 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,354 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Durham County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Durham County, NC, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (20,358 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (15,415 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,354 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Durham County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.47 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.65 times), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.5 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Durham County, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($84,745), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,033), and Management Occupations ($73,025).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

166k
2019 Value
± 8,334
−2.76%
1 Year decline
± 7.06%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Durham County, NC declined at a rate of −2.76%, from 171k employees to 166k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Durham County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,387 people), Educational Services (28,009 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (16,208 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Durham County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Durham 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 Durham County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,387 people), Educational Services (28,009 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (16,208 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Durham County, NC has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.81 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.36 times), and Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Durham County, NC, by median earnings, are Information ($75,451), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($71,648), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($61,973).

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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. $54.1B
  2. $40B
  3. $36.8B

In 2018, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.1B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($40B) and Machinery ($36.8B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for North Carolina.
$430B
2018 Value in North Carolina
$840B
Projected 2045 Value in North Carolina
95.4% growth

In 2018, total outbound North Carolina trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 95.4% to $840B 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. $28.2B
  2. $27.5B
  3. $24.4B

In 2018, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $28.2B, followed by South Carolina with $27.5B and Virginia and $24.4B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Durham County, NC went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 77.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (18.2%), followed by Other (4.18%). 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.

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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Durham County, NC
77.7% for the Democratic 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, 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 2019, universities in Durham County, NC awarded 9,974 degrees. The student population of Durham County, NC is skewed towards women, with 12,589 male students and 18,021 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Durham County, NC are White (3,599 and 44.2%), followed by Black or African American (2,248 and 27.6%), Asian (988 and 12.1%), and Hispanic or Latino (738 and 9.07%).

The largest universities in Durham County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Duke University (6,528 and 65.5%), North Carolina Central University (1,730 and 17.3%), and Durham Technical Community College (1,372 and 13.8%).

The most popular majors in Durham County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (1,141 and 11.4%), Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (379 and 3.8%), and Registered Nursing (356 and 3.57%).

The median tuition costs in Durham County, NC are $30,340 for private four year colleges, and $3,728 and $16,435 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 153 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 979 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 379 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in Durham County, NC was Theological Studies with 153 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,528 degrees awarded
  2. 1,730 degrees awarded
  3. 1,372 degrees awarded
$3,728
Median In-State Public
$30,340
Median Private

In 2019, the Durham County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Duke University with 6,528 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,582
Degrees Awarded to Men
5,392
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 4,582 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Durham County, NC, which is 0.85 times less than the 5,392 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,599 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    2,248 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    988 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Durham County, NC was White students. These 3,599 degrees mean that there were 1.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,248 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Durham County, NC was $248,900 in 2019, which is 1.03 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $233,300 to $248,900, a 6.69% increase. The homeownership rate in Durham County, NC is 54.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Durham County, NC have an average commute time of 21.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Durham County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$248,900
2019 Median
± $9,351
$233,300
2018 Median
± $7,365

In 2019, the median property value in Durham County, NC grew to to $248,900 from the previous year's value of $233,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Durham 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 Durham County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k 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.
$65,317
Median Household Income
± $3,614
131k
Number of Households
± 6,971

In 2019, the median household income of the 131k households in Durham County, NC grew to $65,317 from the previous year's value of $58,073.

The following chart displays the households in Durham 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

$3k+
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

54.8%
2019 Homeownership
55.3%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 54.8% of the housing units in Durham County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 55.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Durham County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Durham County, NC have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 1.31% of the workforce in Durham County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (77.2%)
  2. Carpooled (8.31%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.73%)

In 2018, 77.2% of workers in Durham County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.31%) and those who worked at home (5.73%).

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

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Health

87.2% of the population of Durham County, NC has health coverage, with 51.6% on employee plans, 13.8% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.31% 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 Durham County, NC see 802 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.23% decrease from the previous year (812 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1334 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 161 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

802 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Durham County, NC

Primary care physicians in Durham County, NC see an average of 802 patients per year. This represents a 1.23% decrease from the previous year (812 patients).

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

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$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

12.8%
Uninsured
51.6%
Employer Coverage
13.8%
Medicaid
10.1%
Medicare
10.3%
Non-Group
1.31%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Durham County, NC grew by 18.8% from 10.8% to 12.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Durham 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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