McDowell County, NC

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Population
45,109
0.0888% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
Median Age
43.6

Poverty Rate
17.1%

Median Household Income
$40,913
5.51% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$113,900
3.17% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
18,674
2.64% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, McDowell County, NC had a population of 45.1k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $40,913. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of McDowell County, NC grew from 45,069 to 45,109, a 0.0888% increase and its median household income grew from $38,776 to $40,913, a 5.51% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in McDowell County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.5%), White (Hispanic) (3.58%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.58%), Other (Hispanic) (2.36%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.36%). 0% of the households in McDowell County, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 97.3% of the residents in McDowell County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in McDowell County, NC are McDowell Technical Community College (262 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2018, the median property value in McDowell County, NC was $113,900, and the homeownership rate was 71.8%. Most people in McDowell County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.8 minutes. The average car ownership in McDowell County, NC was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Community Mobility

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in McDowell County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 73.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (23.5%), followed by Other (3.22%). 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for McDowell County, NC
73.3% 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.

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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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Diversity

McDowell County, NC is home to a population of 45.1k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.88% of McDowell County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.75k people).

In 2018, there were 24.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.5k people) in McDowell County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.61k White (Hispanic) and 1.61k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in McDowell County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    39.5k ± 253
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.61k ± 456
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.61k ± 143
5.99%
Hispanic Population
2.7k people

In 2018, there were 24.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.5k people) in McDowell County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.61k White (Hispanic) and 1.61k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.99% of the people in McDowell County, NC are hispanic (2.7k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.88%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.75k people
4.03%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.82k people

As of 2018, 3.88% of McDowell County, NC residents (1.75k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in McDowell County, NC was 4.03%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in McDowell County, NC was 43.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in McDowell County, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all McDowell County, NC residents was 43.

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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

97.3%
2018 Citizenship
97.1%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97.3% of McDowell County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in McDowell County, NC was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,165 ± 186
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    282 ± 129
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    254 ± 110

McDowell County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.13 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in McDowell County, NC is $40,913. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in McDowell County, NC was Census Tract 9706 with a value of $55,905, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9708, with respective values of $47,517 and $45,469.

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 McDowell County, NC employs 18.7k people. The largest industries in McDowell County, NC are Manufacturing (4,967 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,003 people), and Retail Trade (2,103 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($55,093), Information ($48,750), and Utilities ($48,627).

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,913
2018 value
± $1,929
5.51%
1 Year Growth
± 6.62%

Households in McDowell County, NC have a median annual income of $40,913, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,776 in 2017, which represents a 5.51% 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 McDowell 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9706
  2. Census Tract 9701
  3. Census Tract 9708

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in McDowell County, NC was Census Tract 9706 with a value of $55,905, followed by Census Tract 9701 and Census Tract 9708, with respective values of $47,517 and $45,469.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in McDowell County, NC (7.54k out of 44k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males 45 - 54.

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
    6,338 ± 584
  2. Black
    597 ± 239
  3. Hispanic
    584 ± 284

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

18.7k
2018 Value
± 988
2.64%
1 Year growth
± 7.21%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in McDowell County, NC grew at a rate of 2.64%, from 18.2k employees to 18.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in McDowell County, NC, are Production Occupations (3,150 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,778 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,449 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of McDowell County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of McDowell County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,150 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,778 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,449 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, McDowell County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.94 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.87 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.78 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of McDowell County, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($57,552), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,781), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($53,304).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.7k
2018 Value
± 988
2.64%
1 Year growth
± 7.21%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in McDowell County, NC grew at a rate of 2.64%, from 18.2k employees to 18.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in McDowell County, NC, are Manufacturing (4,967 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,003 people), and Retail Trade (2,103 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of McDowell County, NC, though some of these residents may live in McDowell 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 McDowell County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,967 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,003 people), and Retail Trade (2,103 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, McDowell County, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.64 times higher than expected), Construction (1.16 times), and Public Administration (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in McDowell County, NC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($55,093), Information ($48,750), and Utilities ($48,627).

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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

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$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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Education

In 2019, universities in McDowell County, NC awarded 262 degrees. The student population of McDowell County, NC is skewed towards women, with 441 male students and 695 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in McDowell County, NC are White (222 and 85.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (23 and 8.81%), Asian (6 and 2.3%), and Black or African American (5 and 1.92%).

The largest universities in McDowell County, NC by number of degrees awarded are McDowell Technical Community College (262 and 100%).

The most popular majors in McDowell County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (64 and 24.4%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (29 and 11.1%), and Machine Shop Technology (25 and 9.54%).

The median tuition costs in McDowell 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. 64 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 7 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in McDowell County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 64 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
262 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the McDowell County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was McDowell Technical Community College with 262 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

102
Degrees Awarded to Men
160
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 102 men were awarded degrees from institutions in McDowell County, NC, which is 0.637 times less than the 160 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    222 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    23 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    6 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in McDowell County, NC was White students. These 222 degrees mean that there were 9.65 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 23 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in McDowell County, NC was $113,900 in 2018, which is 0.496 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $110,400 to $113,900, a 3.17% increase. The homeownership rate in McDowell County, NC is 71.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in McDowell County, NC have an average commute time of 22.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in McDowell County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$113,900
2018 Median
± $4,638
$110,400
2017 Median
± $4,875

In 2018, the median property value in McDowell County, NC grew to to $113,900 from the previous year's value of $110,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in McDowell 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 McDowell County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k 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.
$40,913
Median Household Income
± $1,929
18k
Number of Households
± 919

In 2018, the median household income of the 18k households in McDowell County, NC grew to $40,913 from the previous year's value of $38,776.

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

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Rent vs Own

71.8%
2018 Homeownership
71.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 71.8% of the housing units in McDowell County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.3%.

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

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Commute Time

22.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in McDowell County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.94% of the workforce in McDowell County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (82.7%)
  2. Carpooled (12.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.28%)

In 2018, 82.7% of workers in McDowell County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.4%) and those who worked at home (3.28%).

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 McDowell County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in McDowell County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

88.6% of the population of McDowell County, NC has health coverage, with 38% on employee plans, 19.1% on Medicaid, 16% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.23% 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 McDowell County, NC see 3501 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.777% increase from the previous year (3474 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3050 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 572 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

3,501 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in McDowell County, NC

Primary care physicians in McDowell County, NC see an average of 3,501 patients per year. This represents a 0.777% increase from the previous year (3,474 patients).

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

11.4%
Uninsured
38%
Employer Coverage
19.1%
Medicaid
16%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
2.23%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in McDowell County, NC declined by 8.11% from 12.4% to 11.4%.

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