Mount Airy, NC

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Population

72,315

0.621% decline

Median Age

43.4


Median Household Income

$39,071

4.62% growth

Poverty Rate

17.6%


Number of Employees

30,352

2.25% growth

Median Property Value

$120,900

1.34% growth

About

In 2017, Mount Airy, NC had a population of 72.3k people with a median age of 43.4 and a median household income of $39,071. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mount Airy, NC declined from 72,767 to 72,315, a -0.621% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,345 to $39,071, a 4.62% increase.

The population of Mount Airy, NC is 84.4% White Alone, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.7% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Mount Airy, NC speak a non-English language, and 96.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mount Airy, NC are Surry Community College (697 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Mount Airy, NC is $120,900, and the homeownership rate is 73%. Most people in Mount Airy, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Mount Airy, NC is 2 cars per household.

Mount Airy, NC borders Winston-Salem, NC and North Wilkesboro, NC.

Economy

The economy of Mount Airy, NC employs 30.4k people. The largest industries in Mount Airy, NC are Manufacturing (4,575 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,465 people), and Retail Trade (4,118 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,886), Finance & Insurance ($48,520), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($46,679).

Median household income in Mount Airy, NC is $39,071. Males in Mount Airy, 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 Mount Airy, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,071

2017 value

± $1,506

4.62%

1 Year Growth

± 4.78%

Households in Mount Airy, NC have a median annual income of $39,071, 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 $37,345 in 2016, which represents a 4.62% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mount Airy, 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 Mount Airy, 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.

The following map shows all of the counties in Mount Airy, 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

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mount Airy, NC (12.5k out of 71.3k 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 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    10,846 ± 641

  2. Hispanic

    2,396 ± 325

  3. Black

    874 ± 245

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mount Airy, 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

30.4k

2017 Value

± 1,013

2.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.63%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mount Airy, NC grew at a rate of 2.25%, from 29.7k employees to 30.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mount Airy, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,551 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,008 people), and Production Occupations (2,969 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mount Airy, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mount Airy, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,551 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,008 people), and Production Occupations (2,969 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Mount Airy, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.18 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.69 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mount Airy, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($65,417), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($55,625), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($52,368).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.4k

2017 Value

± 1,013

2.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.63%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mount Airy, NC grew at a rate of 2.25%, from 29.7k employees to 30.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mount Airy, NC, are Manufacturing (4,575 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,465 people), and Retail Trade (4,118 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mount Airy, NC, though some of these residents may live in Mount Airy, 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 Mount Airy, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,575 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,465 people), and Retail Trade (4,118 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Mount Airy, NC has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.21 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.19 times), and Construction (1.58 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mount Airy, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($54,886), Finance & Insurance ($48,520), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($46,679).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.7% of the population of Mount Airy, NC has health coverage, with 37.9% on employee plans, 17.7% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.61% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Mount Airy, 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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.3%

Uninsured

37.9%

Employer Coverage

17.7%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

1.61%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mount Airy, NC declined by 11.8% from 15.1% to 13.3%.

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

Mount Airy, NC is home to a population of 72.3k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.23% of Mount Airy, NC residents were born outside of the country (3.78k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Mount Airy, NC is composed of 61k White Alone residents (84.4%), 7.35k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.2%), 2.68k Black or African American Alone residents (3.7%), 565 Two or More Races residents (0.781%), 412 Asian Alone residents (0.57%), 209 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.289%), 42 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0581%), and 21 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.029%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Mount Airy, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mount Airy, NC was 43.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Mount Airy, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Mount Airy, NC residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.23%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.78k people

5.28%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.84k people

As of 2017, 5.23% of Mount Airy, NC residents (3.78k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mount Airy, NC was 5.28%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

96.3%

2017 Citizenship

96.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.3% of Mount Airy, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mount Airy, NC was 96.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    61k ± 36

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.35k ± 661

  3. Black or African American Alone

    2.68k ± 135

In 2017, there were 8.3 times more White Alone residents (61k people) in Mount Airy, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.35k Hispanic or Latino and 2.68k 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 Mount Airy, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,661 ± 191

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    539 ± 129

  3. Korea

    438 ± 98

Mount Airy, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Mount Airy, NC awarded 697 degrees. The student population of Mount Airy, NC is skewed towards women, with 1,380 male students and 1,999 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mount Airy, NC are White (586 and 84.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (71 and 10.3%), Black or African American (18 and 2.6%), and Asian (9 and 1.3%).

The largest universities in Mount Airy, NC by number of degrees awarded are Surry Community College (697 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Mount Airy, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (162 and 23.2%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (60 and 8.61%), and Medical Office Management (42 and 6.03%).

The median tuition costs in Mount Airy, 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Mount Airy, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 157 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

697 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Mount Airy, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Surry Community College with 697 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

310

Degrees Awarded to Men

387

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 310 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mount Airy, NC, which is 0.801 times less than the 387 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

    586 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    71 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    18 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mount Airy, NC were to White students. These 586 degrees mean that there were 8.25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 71 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mount Airy, NC was $120,900 in 2017, which is 0.556 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $119,300 to $120,900, a 1.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Mount Airy, NC is 73%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mount Airy, NC have an average commute time of 23.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mount Airy, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$39,071

Median Household Income

± $1,506

29.3k

Number of Households

± 964

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.3k households in Mount Airy, NC grew to $39,071 from the previous year's value of $37,345.

The following chart displays the households in Mount Airy, 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

$120,900

2017 Median

± $3,437

$119,300

2016 Median

± $3,411

In 2017, the median property value in Mount Airy, NC grew to to $120,900 from the previous year's value of $119,300.

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

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73%

2017 Homeownership

72.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73% of the housing units in Mount Airy, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.3%.

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

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Commute Time

23.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mount Airy, NC have a shorter commute time (23.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.14% of the workforce in Mount Airy, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.5%

  2. Carpooled

    9.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    3%

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

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