Matthews, NC

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Population

30,760

2.35% growth

Median Age

43.3


Median Household Income

$76,007

1.07% growth

Poverty Rate

5.47%


Number of Employees

15,607

0.354% growth

Median Property Value

$231,300

3.26% growth

About

In 2017, Matthews, NC had a population of 30.8k people with a median age of 43.3 and a median household income of $76,007. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Matthews, NC grew from 30,054 to 30,760, a 2.35% increase and its median household income grew from $75,205 to $76,007, a 1.07% increase.

The population of Matthews, NC is 78.5% White Alone, 9.57% Black or African American Alone, and 6.1% Hispanic or Latino. 12.3% of the people in Matthews, NC speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Matthews, NC is $231,300, and the homeownership rate is 74.6%. Most people in Matthews, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Matthews, NC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Matthews, NC employs 15.6k people. The largest industries in Matthews, NC are Retail Trade (2,346 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,131 people), and Educational Services (1,542 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($95,164), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($87,610), and Utilities ($83,036).

Median household income in Matthews, NC is $76,007. Males in Matthews, 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 Matthews, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$76,007

2017 value

± $3,791

1.07%

1 Year Growth

± 7.18%

Households in Matthews, NC have a median annual income of $76,007, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $75,205 in 2016, which represents a 1.07% 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 Matthews, 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 Matthews, 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 Matthews, 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 58.32

  2. Census Tract 58.48

  3. Census Tract 30.15

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Matthews, NC was Census Tract 58.32 with a value of $162,500, followed by Census Tract 58.48 and Census Tract 30.15, with respective values of $130,139 and $108,986.

The following map shows all of the places in Matthews, 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

5.47% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Matthews, NC (1.67k out of 30.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 18 - 24.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,375 ± 285

  2. Black

    154 ± 124

  3. Asian

    60 ± 127

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

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

15.6k

2017 Value

± 773

0.354%

1 Year growth

± 6.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Matthews, NC grew at a rate of 0.354%, from 15.6k employees to 15.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Matthews, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,500 people), Management Occupations (2,321 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,554 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Matthews, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Matthews, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,500 people), Management Occupations (2,321 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,554 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Matthews, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.76 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.57 times), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Matthews, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($102,721), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($80,664), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($76,300).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.6k

2017 Value

± 773

0.354%

1 Year growth

± 6.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Matthews, NC grew at a rate of 0.354%, from 15.6k employees to 15.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Matthews, NC, are Retail Trade (2,346 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,131 people), and Educational Services (1,542 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Matthews, NC, though some of these residents may live in Matthews, 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 Matthews, NC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (2,346 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,131 people), and Educational Services (1,542 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Matthews, NC has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.9 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (2.04 times), and Utilities (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Matthews, NC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($95,164), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($87,610), and Utilities ($83,036).

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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

92.9% of the population of Matthews, NC has health coverage, with 60.8% on employee plans, 4.94% on Medicaid, 13.1% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 1.11% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Matthews, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 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

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1417 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients).

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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

7.11%

Uninsured

60.8%

Employer Coverage

4.94%

Medicaid

13.1%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

1.11%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Matthews, NC declined by 7.04% from 7.65% to 7.11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Matthews, 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

Matthews, NC is home to a population of 30.8k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.5% of Matthews, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Matthews, NC is composed of 24.1k White Alone residents (78.5%), 2.94k Black or African American Alone residents (9.57%), 1.88k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.1%), 881 Asian Alone residents (2.86%), 756 Two or More Races residents (2.46%), 107 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.348%), 51 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.166%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Matthews, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,015 speakers), African Languages (326 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (270 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.4

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Matthews, NC was 43.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Matthews, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Matthews, NC residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10.5% of Matthews, 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 Matthews, NC was 10.8%, 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 Matthews, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 Matthews, NC residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

95.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.8% of Matthews, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Matthews, NC was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    24.1k ± 648

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.94k ± 428

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.88k ± 546

In 2017, there were 8.2 times more White Alone residents (24.1k people) in Matthews, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.94k Black or African American Alone and 1.88k 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 Matthews, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,015 speakers (3.62%)

  2. African Languages

    326 speakers (1.16%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    270 speakers (0.962%)

12.3% of Matthews, 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 Matthews, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.62% of the overall population of Matthews, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.16% speak African Languages and 0.962% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    703 ± 156

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    269 ± 135

  3. Korea

    175 ± 83

Matthews, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Matthews, NC was $231,300 in 2017, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $224,000 to $231,300, a 3.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Matthews, NC is 74.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Matthews, NC have an average commute time of 25.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Matthews, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$76,007

Median Household Income

± $3,791

11.7k

Number of Households

± 643

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.7k households in Matthews, NC grew to $76,007 from the previous year's value of $75,205.

The following chart displays the households in Matthews, 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

$231,300

2017 Median

± $4,650

$224,000

2016 Median

± $4,995

In 2017, the median property value in Matthews, NC grew to to $231,300 from the previous year's value of $224,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Matthews, 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 Matthews, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

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Rent vs Own

74.6%

2017 Homeownership

75.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.6% of the housing units in Matthews, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.6%.

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

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Commute Time

25.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Matthews, NC have a longer commute time (25.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.64% of the workforce in Matthews, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.1%

  2. Worked At Home

    8.28%

  3. Carpooled

    6%

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

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