Lee County, NC

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Population

59,805

0.445% growth

Median Age

37.9


Median Household Income

$49,272

6.19% growth

Poverty Rate

17.5%


Number of Employees

26,983

4.1% growth

Median Property Value

$138,400

2.67% growth

About

In 2017, Lee County, NC had a population of 59.8k people with a median age of 37.9 and a median household income of $49,272. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lee County, NC grew from 59,540 to 59,805, a 0.445% increase and its median household income grew from $46,402 to $49,272, a 6.19% increase.

The population of Lee County, NC is 58.2% White Alone, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 18.9% Black or African American Alone. 18.4% of the people in Lee County, NC speak a non-English language, and 93% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lee County, NC are Central Carolina Community College (1,054 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Lee County, NC is $138,400, and the homeownership rate is 67.3%. Most people in Lee County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lee County, NC employs 27k people. The largest industries in Lee County, NC are Manufacturing (6,398 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,107 people), and Retail Trade (3,013 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($50,192), Finance & Insurance ($45,227), and Public Administration ($44,375).

Median household income in Lee County, NC is $49,272. Males in Lee 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 Lee County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,272

2017 value

± $2,653

6.19%

1 Year Growth

± 6.94%

Households in Lee County, NC have a median annual income of $49,272, 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 $46,402 in 2016, which represents a 6.19% 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 Lee County, NC 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 Lee County, NC 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 Lee 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 306.01

  2. Census Tract 301.02

  3. Census Tract 306.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, NC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $76,500, followed by Census Tract 301.02 and Census Tract 306.02, with respective values of $69,344 and $63,115.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lee 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

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, NC (10.3k out of 58.8k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    6,441 ± 568

  2. Hispanic

    3,528 ± 434

  3. Black

    2,639 ± 377

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

27k

2017 Value

± 1,172

4.1%

1 Year growth

± 6.04%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lee County, NC grew at a rate of 4.1%, from 25.9k employees to 27k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, NC, are Production Occupations (3,701 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,076 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,594 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lee County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,701 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,076 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,594 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.37 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.65 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,000), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($72,031), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,821).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

27k

2017 Value

± 1,172

4.1%

1 Year growth

± 6.04%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lee County, NC grew at a rate of 4.1%, from 25.9k employees to 27k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, NC, are Manufacturing (6,398 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,107 people), and Retail Trade (3,013 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Lee 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 Lee County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (6,398 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,107 people), and Retail Trade (3,013 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.34 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.68 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.41 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lee County, NC, by median earnings, are Information ($50,192), Finance & Insurance ($45,227), and Public Administration ($44,375).

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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 with $35.3B and Machinery and $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

85.2% of the population of Lee County, NC has health coverage, with 39.7% on employee plans, 19.1% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 2.4% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lee County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Lee County, NC see 1808 patients per year on average, which represents a 3% decrease from the previous year (1864 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1923 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 621 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

1,808 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lee County, NC see an average of 1,808 patients per year. This represents a 3% decrease from the previous year (1,864 patients).

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

14.8%

Uninsured

39.7%

Employer Coverage

19.1%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

2.4%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, NC declined by 8.61% from 16.1% to 14.8%.

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

Lee County, NC is home to a population of 59.8k people, from which 93% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.7% of Lee County, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lee County, NC is composed of 34.8k White Alone residents (58.2%), 11.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (19.3%), 11.3k Black or African American Alone residents (18.9%), 1.1k Two or More Races residents (1.84%), 621 Asian Alone residents (1.04%), 396 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.662%), 66 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.11%), and 23 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0385%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lee County, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (9,471 speakers), Chinese (144 speakers), and Tagalog (124 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lee County, NC was 37.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Lee County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lee County, NC residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

11.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10.7% of Lee County, NC residents 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 Lee County, NC was 11.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Lee County, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 Lee County, NC residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

93%

2017 Citizenship

91.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93% of Lee County, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, NC was 91.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    34.8k ± 67

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    11.5k ± 869

  3. Black or African American Alone

    11.3k ± 285

In 2017, there were 3.01 times more White Alone residents (34.8k people) in Lee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.5k Hispanic or Latino and 11.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    9,471 speakers (17.1%)

  2. Chinese

    144 speakers (0.26%)

  3. Tagalog

    124 speakers (0.224%)

18.4% of Lee County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lee County, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 17.1% of the overall population of Lee County, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.26% speak Chinese and 0.224% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,351 ± 214

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    680 ± 182

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    620 ± 162

Lee County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.99 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lee County, NC awarded 1,054 degrees. The student population of Lee County, NC is skewed towards women, with 1,859 male students and 3,278 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lee County, NC are White (687 and 65.2%), followed by Black or African American (215 and 20.4%), Hispanic or Latino (104 and 9.88%), and Two or More Races (20 and 1.9%).

The largest universities in Lee County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Central Carolina Community College (1,054 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lee County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (139 and 13.2%), Welding Technology (96 and 9.11%), and Medical Office Management (55 and 5.22%).

The median tuition costs in Lee 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. 139 degrees awarded

  2. 54 degrees awarded

  3. 36 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lee County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 139 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,054 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Lee County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Carolina Community College with 1,054 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

485

Degrees Awarded to Men

569

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 485 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lee County, NC, which is 0.852 times less than the 569 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

    687 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    215 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    104 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lee County, NC were to White students. These 687 degrees mean that there were 3.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 215 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, NC was $138,400 in 2017, which is 0.636 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $134,800 to $138,400, a 2.67% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, NC is 67.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lee County, NC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lee 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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$49,272

Median Household Income

± $2,653

21.7k

Number of Households

± 931

In 2017, the median household income of the 21.7k households in Lee County, NC grew to $49,272 from the previous year's value of $46,402.

The following chart displays the households in Lee 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

$138,400

2017 Median

± $4,957

$134,800

2016 Median

± $5,309

In 2017, the median property value in Lee County, NC grew to to $138,400 from the previous year's value of $134,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lee 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 Lee County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lee County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.3%

2017 Homeownership

66.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.3% of the housing units in Lee County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lee 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 Lee County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lee County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, NC have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.42% of the workforce in Lee County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.4%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.7%

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

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