Morehead City, NC

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Population

68,699

0.236% growth

Median Age

47.4


Median Household Income

$51,584

1.95% growth

Poverty Rate

12.5%


Number of Employees

30,098

0.39% growth

Median Property Value

$197,700

0.0506% growth

About

In 2017, Morehead City, NC had a population of 68.7k people with a median age of 47.4 and a median household income of $51,584. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Morehead City, NC grew from 68,537 to 68,699, a 0.236% increase and its median household income grew from $50,599 to $51,584, a 1.95% increase.

The population of Morehead City, NC is 86.4% White Alone, 5.65% Black or African American Alone, and 4.22% Hispanic or Latino. 5.32% of the people in Morehead City, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Morehead City, NC are Carteret Community College (512 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Morehead City, NC is $197,700, and the homeownership rate is 72.7%. Most people in Morehead City, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22 minutes. The average car ownership in Morehead City, NC is 2 cars per household.

Morehead City, NC borders Jacksonville, NC and New Bern, NC.

Economy

The economy of Morehead City, NC employs 30.1k people. The largest industries in Morehead City, NC are Retail Trade (4,026 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,808 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,979 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,813), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,875), and Finance & Insurance ($50,856).

Median household income in Morehead City, NC is $51,584. Males in Morehead City, 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 Morehead City, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,584

2017 value

± $1,561

1.95%

1 Year Growth

± 4%

Households in Morehead City, NC have a median annual income of $51,584, 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 $50,599 in 2016, which represents a 1.95% 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 Morehead City, NC made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Morehead City, NC 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

  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 Morehead City, 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 Morehead City, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Morehead City, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $77,691, followed by Wake County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $77,318 and $69,940.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Morehead City, NC (8.46k out of 67.4k 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 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 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

    6,759 ± 468

  2. Black

    916 ± 176

  3. Two Or More

    480 ± 147

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

30.1k

2017 Value

± 955

0.39%

1 Year growth

± 4.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Morehead City, NC grew at a rate of 0.39%, from 30k employees to 30.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Morehead City, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,699 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,126 people), and Management Occupations (2,735 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Morehead City, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Morehead City, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,699 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,126 people), and Management Occupations (2,735 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Morehead City, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.36 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.54 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.49 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Morehead City, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,479), Legal Occupations ($64,615), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($64,276).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.1k

2017 Value

± 955

0.39%

1 Year growth

± 4.42%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Morehead City, NC grew at a rate of 0.39%, from 30k employees to 30.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Morehead City, NC, are Retail Trade (4,026 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,808 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,979 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Morehead City, NC, though some of these residents may live in Morehead City, 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 Morehead City, NC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (4,026 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,808 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,979 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Morehead City, NC has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.97 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.87 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.68 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Morehead City, NC, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,813), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,875), and Finance & Insurance ($50,856).

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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

87.8% of the population of Morehead City, NC has health coverage, with 33% on employee plans, 13.1% on Medicaid, 15.4% on Medicare, 20.5% on non-group plans, and 5.75% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Morehead City, 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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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 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%).

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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

12.2%

Uninsured

33%

Employer Coverage

13.1%

Medicaid

15.4%

Medicare

20.5%

Non-Group

5.75%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Morehead City, NC declined by 10.8% from 13.7% to 12.2%.

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

Morehead City, NC is home to a population of 68.7k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.52% of Morehead City, NC residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Morehead City, NC is composed of 59.3k White Alone residents (86.4%), 3.88k Black or African American Alone residents (5.65%), 2.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.22%), 1.61k Two or More Races residents (2.35%), 743 Asian Alone residents (1.08%), 153 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.223%), 58 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0844%), and 26 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0378%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Morehead City, NC are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,950 speakers), German (249 speakers), and Chinese (145 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

48

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Morehead City, NC was 47.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 48, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Morehead City, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Morehead City, NC residents was 47.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.52%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.69%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.52% of Morehead City, 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 Morehead City, NC was 3.69%, 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 Morehead City, NC was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 Morehead City, NC residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Morehead City, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Morehead City, NC was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    59.3k ± 69

  2. Black or African American Alone

    3.88k ± 191

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.9k ± 434

In 2017, there were 15.3 times more White Alone residents (59.3k people) in Morehead City, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.88k Black or African American Alone and 2.9k 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 Morehead City, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,950 speakers (3%)

  2. German

    249 speakers (0.382%)

  3. Chinese

    145 speakers (0.223%)

5.32% of Morehead City, 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 Morehead City, NC was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3% of the overall population of Morehead City, NC are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.382% speak German and 0.223% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,929 ± 215

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,427 ± 215

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,292 ± 196

Morehead City, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.05 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Morehead City, NC awarded 512 degrees. The student population of Morehead City, NC is skewed towards women, with 477 male students and 1,023 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Morehead City, NC are White (412 and 80.8%), followed by Black or African American (52 and 10.2%), Hispanic or Latino (19 and 3.73%), and Unknown (18 and 3.53%).

The largest universities in Morehead City, NC by number of degrees awarded are Carteret Community College (512 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Morehead City, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (114 and 22.3%), Medical Assistant (39 and 7.62%), and Criminal Justice - Police Science (34 and 6.64%).

The median tuition costs in Morehead City, 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. 95 degrees awarded

  2. 24 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Morehead City, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 95 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

512 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Morehead City, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carteret Community College with 512 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

162

Degrees Awarded to Men

350

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 162 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Morehead City, NC, which is 0.463 times less than the 350 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

    412 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    52 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    19 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Morehead City, NC were to White students. These 412 degrees mean that there were 7.92 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 52 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Morehead City, NC was $197,700 in 2017, which is 0.909 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $197,600 to $197,700, a 0.0506% increase. The homeownership rate in Morehead City, NC is 72.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Morehead City, NC have an average commute time of 22 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Morehead City, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$51,584

Median Household Income

± $1,561

30k

Number of Households

± 905

In 2017, the median household income of the 30k households in Morehead City, NC grew to $51,584 from the previous year's value of $50,599.

The following chart displays the households in Morehead City, 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

$197,700

2017 Median

± $5,238

$197,600

2016 Median

± $4,591

In 2017, the median property value in Morehead City, NC grew to to $197,700 from the previous year's value of $197,600.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

72.7%

2017 Homeownership

72.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.7% of the housing units in Morehead City, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.5%.

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

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Commute Time

22 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Morehead City, NC have a shorter commute time (22 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.3% of the workforce in Morehead City, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.5%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    5%

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

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