Jackson County, NC

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Population

41,725

1.21% growth

Median Age

37.2


Median Household Income

$45,078

11.9% growth

Poverty Rate

21.6%


Number of Employees

18,103

2.41% growth

Median Property Value

$177,200

2.55% growth

About

In 2017, Jackson County, NC had a population of 41.7k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $45,078. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Jackson County, NC grew from 41,227 to 41,725, a 1.21% increase and its median household income grew from $40,278 to $45,078, a 11.9% increase.

The population of Jackson County, NC is 81% White Alone, 7.91% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 5.49% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Jackson County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jackson County, NC are Western Carolina University (2,696 degrees awarded in 2016) and Southwestern Community College (199731) (616 degrees).

The median property value in Jackson County, NC is $177,200, and the homeownership rate is 65.1%. Most people in Jackson County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Jackson County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Jackson County, NC employs 18.1k people. The largest industries in Jackson County, NC are Educational Services (3,148 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,136 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,061 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,237), Wholesale Trade ($41,780), and Finance & Insurance ($40,930).

Median household income in Jackson County, NC is $45,078. Males in Jackson 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 Jackson County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,078

2017 value

± $4,356

11.9%

1 Year Growth

± 10.5%

Households in Jackson County, NC have a median annual income of $45,078, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,278 in 2016, which represents a 11.9% 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.

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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 Jackson 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 9509

  2. Census Tract 9505

  3. Census Tract 9503

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jackson County, NC was Census Tract 9509 with a value of $57,045, followed by Census Tract 9505 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $47,515 and $45,889.

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

21.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jackson County, NC (8.21k out of 38k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. 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

    6,241 ± 588

  2. Hispanic

    1,188 ± 332

  3. Native American

    612 ± 221

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jackson 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

18.1k

2017 Value

± 1,108

2.41%

1 Year growth

± 8.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jackson County, NC grew at a rate of 2.41%, from 17.7k employees to 18.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jackson County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,030 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,022 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,802 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 Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,030 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,022 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,802 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 (2.04 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.91 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.79 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 ($61,667), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,538), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($51,406).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.1k

2017 Value

± 1,108

2.41%

1 Year growth

± 8.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jackson County, NC grew at a rate of 2.41%, from 17.7k employees to 18.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jackson County, NC, are Educational Services (3,148 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,136 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,061 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 (3,148 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,136 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,061 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jackson County, NC has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (4.26 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.88 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.55 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jackson County, NC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,237), Wholesale Trade ($41,780), and Finance & Insurance ($40,930).

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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

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

86.2% of the population of Jackson County, NC has health coverage, with 41.8% on employee plans, 14.2% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 2.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Jackson County, NC 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 1086 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.742% increase from the previous year (1078 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2011 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 214 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

1,086 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Jackson County, NC see an average of 1,086 patients per year. This represents a 0.742% increase from the previous year (1,078 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 neighboring states.

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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%).

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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

13.8%

Uninsured

41.8%

Employer Coverage

14.2%

Medicaid

13.7%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

2.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jackson County, NC declined by 1.77% from 14.1% to 13.8%.

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. 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

Jackson County, NC is home to a population of 41.7k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.16% of Jackson County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.32k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Jackson County, NC is composed of 33.8k White Alone residents (81%), 3.3k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (7.91%), 2.29k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.49%), 968 Two or More Races residents (2.32%), 893 Black or African American Alone residents (2.14%), 414 Asian Alone residents (0.992%), 54 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.129%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Jackson County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Jackson County, NC was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Jackson County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Jackson County, NC residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.32k people

3.59%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.48k people

As of 2017, 3.16% of Jackson County, NC residents (1.32k 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 Jackson County, NC was 3.59%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

97.8%

2017 Citizenship

97.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.8% of Jackson County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Jackson County, NC was 97.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    33.8k ± 57

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    3.3k ± 292

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.29k ± 543

In 2017, there were 10.2 times more White Alone residents (33.8k people) in Jackson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.3k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 2.29k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Jackson County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Jackson County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Jackson County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Jackson County, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,352 ± 197

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    413 ± 150

  3. Korea

    329 ± 115

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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Education

In 2016, universities in Jackson County, NC awarded 3,312 degrees. The student population of Jackson County, NC is skewed towards women, with 5,686 male students and 7,586 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jackson County, NC are White (2,687 and 84.5%), followed by Black or African American (154 and 4.84%), Hispanic or Latino (134 and 4.21%), and Two or More Races (76 and 2.39%).

The largest universities in Jackson County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Western Carolina University (2,696 and 81.4%) and Southwestern Community College (199731) (616 and 18.6%).

The most popular majors in Jackson County, NC are Registered Nursing (270 and 8.15%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (170 and 5.13%), and General Business Administration & Management (163 and 4.92%).

The median tuition costs in Jackson County, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,893 and $14,286 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 99 degrees awarded

  2. 191 degrees awarded

  3. 138 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jackson County, NC was General Psychology with 99 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. 2,696 degrees awarded

  2. 616 degrees awarded

$3,893

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Jackson County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Carolina University with 2,696 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,258

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,054

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,258 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jackson County, NC, which is 0.612 times less than the 2,054 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,687 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    154 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    134 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Jackson County, NC were to White students. These 2,687 degrees mean that there were 17.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 154 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jackson County, NC was $177,200 in 2017, which is 0.814 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $172,800 to $177,200, a 2.55% increase. The homeownership rate in Jackson County, NC is 65.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Jackson County, NC have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jackson County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$45,078

Median Household Income

± $4,356

16.2k

Number of Households

± 879

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.2k households in Jackson County, NC grew to $45,078 from the previous year's value of $40,278.

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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Housing

Property Value

$177,200

2017 Median

± $13,307

$172,800

2016 Median

± $8,506

In 2017, the median property value in Jackson County, NC grew to to $177,200 from the previous year's value of $172,800.

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 $200k - $250k 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

65.1%

2017 Homeownership

65.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.1% of the housing units in Jackson County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.1%.

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

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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 3 cars.

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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 (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.68% of the workforce in Jackson County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.9%

  2. Carpooled

    12.5%

  3. Walked

    4.16%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Jackson County, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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