Jackson County, NC

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2019 Population
42,938
1.61% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
37.7
0.533% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
18.7%
3.37% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$47,252
7.32% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$196,100
1.98% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
18,967
1.9% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Jackson County, NC had a population of 42.9k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $47,252. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Jackson County, NC grew from 42,256 to 42,938, a 1.61% increase and its median household income grew from $44,028 to $47,252, a 7.32% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Jackson County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.7%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (7.65%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.75%), White (Hispanic) (2.45%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.25%). 0% of the households in Jackson County, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

97% of the residents in Jackson County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jackson County, NC are Western Carolina University (2,910 degrees awarded in 2019) and Southwestern Community College (199731) (675 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Jackson County, NC was $196,100, and the homeownership rate was 64.3%. Most people in Jackson County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Jackson County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Jackson County, NC is home to a population of 42.9k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2019, 10.4% of Jackson County, NC residents were born outside of the country (4.45k people).

In 2019, there were 10.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.6k people) in Jackson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.28k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 1.18k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Jackson County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    34.6k ± 62
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    3.28k ± 286
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.18k ± 336
5.94%
Hispanic Population
2.55k people

In 2019, there were 10.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.6k people) in Jackson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.28k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 1.18k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.94% of the people in Jackson County, NC are hispanic (2.55k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.4%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
4.45k people
3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.27k people

As of 2019, 10.4% of Jackson County, NC residents (4.45k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Jackson County, NC was 3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 5.3

In 2019, the median age of all people in Jackson County, NC was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Jackson County, NC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Jackson County, NC residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    229,947 ± 11,640 people
  2. India
    70,805 ± 6,510 people
  3. Honduras
    36,544 ± 4,685 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 229,947 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 70,805 and Honduras with 36,544.

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Citizenship

97%
2019 Citizenship
97.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97% of Jackson County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Jackson County, NC was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,406 ± 218
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    430 ± 152
  3. Korea
    288 ± 113

Jackson County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.27 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 Jackson County, NC is $47,252. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Jackson County, NC was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $56,769, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9509, with respective values of $55,122 and $53,024.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,862. 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 Jackson County, NC employs 19k people. The largest industries in Jackson County, NC are Educational Services (2,798 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,401 people), and Retail Trade (2,375 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($47,500), Health Care & Social Assistance ($46,064), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($44,133).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,252
2019 value
± $3,647
7.32%
1 Year Growth
± 9.04%

Households in Jackson County, NC have a median annual income of $47,252, 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 $44,028 in 2018, which represents a 7.32% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,585
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,168
$47,862
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $855

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
    $64,719 ± $4,583
  2. White
    $53,494 ± $850
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $42,933 ± $24,629

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 Jackson County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.473
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 0.0599% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9505
  2. Census Tract 9504
  3. Census Tract 9509

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jackson County, NC was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $56,769, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9509, with respective values of $55,122 and $53,024.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jackson County, NC (7.3k out of 39k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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
    5,233 ± 541
  2. Hispanic
    1,038 ± 326
  3. Two Or More
    650 ± 262

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jackson County, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

19k
2019 Value
± 1,103
1.9%
1 Year growth
± 8.03%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Jackson County, NC grew at a rate of 1.9%, from 18.6k employees to 19k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jackson County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,183 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,905 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,804 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jackson County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jackson County, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,183 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,905 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,804 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jackson County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.96 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.74 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jackson County, NC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,797), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($54,345), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($51,875).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19k
2019 Value
± 1,103
1.9%
1 Year growth
± 8.03%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Jackson County, NC grew at a rate of 1.9%, from 18.6k employees to 19k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jackson County, NC, are Educational Services (2,798 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,401 people), and Retail Trade (2,375 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jackson County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Jackson 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 Jackson County, NC, by number of employees, are Educational Services (2,798 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,401 people), and Retail Trade (2,375 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jackson County, NC has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (3.72 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.59 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.47 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jackson County, NC, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($47,500), Health Care & Social Assistance ($46,064), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($44,133).

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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 Jackson County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 52.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (41.2%), followed by Other (6.04%). 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.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Jackson County, NC
52.7% 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, 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 Jackson County, NC awarded 3,585 degrees. The student population of Jackson County, NC is skewed towards women, with 6,194 male students and 8,297 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jackson County, NC are White (2,852 and 82%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (214 and 6.15%), Black or African American (179 and 5.15%), and Two or More Races (101 and 2.9%).

The largest universities in Jackson County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Western Carolina University (2,910 and 81.2%) and Southwestern Community College (199731) (675 and 18.8%).

The most popular majors in Jackson County, NC are Registered Nursing (306 and 8.54%), General Business Administration & Management (291 and 8.12%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (195 and 5.44%).

The median tuition cost in Jackson County, NC for a public four year colleges is $1,000 for in-state students and $5,000 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 125 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 200 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 192 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jackson County, NC was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 125 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,910 degrees awarded
  2. 675 degrees awarded
$1,000
Median In-State Public

In 2019, the Jackson County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Carolina University with 2,910 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,367
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,218
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,367 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jackson County, NC, which is 0.616 times less than the 2,218 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,852 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    214 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    179 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Jackson County, NC was White students. These 2,852 degrees mean that there were 13.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 214 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jackson County, NC was $196,100 in 2019, which is 0.815 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $192,300 to $196,100, a 1.98% increase. The homeownership rate in Jackson County, NC is 64.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Jackson County, NC have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Jackson County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$196,100
2019 Median
± $11,673
$192,300
2018 Median
± $14,559

In 2019, the median property value in Jackson County, NC grew to to $196,100 from the previous year's value of $192,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Jackson 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 Jackson 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.
$47,252
Median Household Income
± $3,647
16.8k
Number of Households
± 919

In 2019, the median household income of the 16.8k households in Jackson County, NC grew to $47,252 from the previous year's value of $44,028.

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

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Rent vs Own

64.3%
2019 Homeownership
64.5%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 64.3% of the housing units in Jackson County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.5%.

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

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jackson County, NC have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.31% of the workforce in Jackson County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.2%)
  2. Carpooled (10.3%)
  3. Walked (4.77%)

In 2019, 80.2% of workers in Jackson County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.3%) and those who walked to work (4.77%).

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

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Health

86.9% of the population of Jackson County, NC has health coverage, with 41.3% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 15.4% on non-group plans, and 2.11% 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 Jackson County, NC see 1083 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.838% increase from the previous year (1074 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2092 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 228 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

1,083 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Jackson County, NC

Primary care physicians in Jackson County, NC see an average of 1,083 patients per year. This represents a 0.838% increase from the previous year (1,074 patients).

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

13.1%
Uninsured
41.3%
Employer Coverage
13.9%
Medicaid
14.2%
Medicare
15.4%
Non-Group
2.11%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jackson County, NC grew by 0.592% from 13% to 13.1%.

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