Polk County, NC

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Population
20,458
0.117% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
Median Age
52.4

Poverty Rate
9.46%

Median Household Income
$48,834
0.872% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$212,300
3.31% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
8,617
1.07% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Polk County, NC had a population of 20.5k people with a median age of 52.4 and a median household income of $48,834. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Polk County, NC grew from 20,434 to 20,458, a 0.117% increase and its median household income grew from $48,412 to $48,834, a 0.872% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.13%), White (Hispanic) (4.66%), Other (Non-Hispanic) (2.19%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.767%). 0% of the households in Polk County, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.2% of the residents in Polk County, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Polk County, NC was $212,300, and the homeownership rate was 73.4%. Most people in Polk County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, NC was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
-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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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 61.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (34.2%), followed by Other (3.94%). 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 Polk County, NC
61.9% 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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

Polk County, NC is home to a population of 20.5k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.62% of Polk County, NC residents were born outside of the country (740 people).

In 2018, there were 16.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.5k people) in Polk County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.05k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 954 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    17.5k ± 538
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.05k ± 87
  3. White (Hispanic)
    954 ± 137
5.79%
Hispanic Population
1.18k people

In 2018, there were 16.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.5k people) in Polk County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.05k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 954 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.79% of the people in Polk County, NC are hispanic (1.18k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.62%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
740 people
3.83%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
783 people

As of 2018, 3.62% of Polk County, NC residents (740 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 Polk County, NC was 3.83%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

52
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
52
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 12.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Polk County, NC was 52.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 52, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 52. But people in Polk County, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Polk County, NC residents was 52.

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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

98.2%
2018 Citizenship
98%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.2% of Polk County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, NC was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    712 ± 131
  2. Korea
    238 ± 70
  3. World War II
    116 ± 57

Polk County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.99 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Polk County, NC is $48,834. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County, NC was Census Tract 9201.03 with a value of $52,944, followed by Census Tract 9201.04 and Census Tract 9201.01, with respective values of $52,115 and $50,755.

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 Polk County, NC employs 8.62k people. The largest industries in Polk County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,558 people), Retail Trade (994 people), and Manufacturing (975 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,200), Utilities ($51,000), and Public Administration ($47,386).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,834
2018 value
± $3,403
0.872%
1 Year Growth
± 8.44%

Households in Polk County, NC have a median annual income of $48,834, 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 $48,412 in 2017, which represents a 0.872% 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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk 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.

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 9201.03
  2. Census Tract 9201.04
  3. Census Tract 9201.01

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, NC was Census Tract 9201.03 with a value of $52,944, followed by Census Tract 9201.04 and Census Tract 9201.01, with respective values of $52,115 and $50,755.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.46% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, NC (1.91k out of 20.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 65 - 74.

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
    1,616 ± 221
  2. Hispanic
    245 ± 115
  3. Black
    164 ± 131

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

8.62k
2018 Value
± 595
-1.07%
1 Year decline
± 9.85%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Polk County, NC declined at a rate of -1.07%, from 8.71k employees to 8.62k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (897 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (831 people), and Management Occupations (781 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Polk County, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (897 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (831 people), and Management Occupations (781 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.51 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.44 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Polk County, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,304), Management Occupations ($56,094), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($54,333).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.62k
2018 Value
± 595
-1.07%
1 Year decline
± 9.85%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Polk County, NC declined at a rate of -1.07%, from 8.71k employees to 8.62k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,558 people), Retail Trade (994 people), and Manufacturing (975 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Polk 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 Polk County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,558 people), Retail Trade (994 people), and Manufacturing (975 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, NC has an unusually high number of Construction (1.66 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.31 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Polk County, NC, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,200), Utilities ($51,000), and Public Administration ($47,386).

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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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, NC was $212,300 in 2018, which is 0.924 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $205,500 to $212,300, a 3.31% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, NC is 73.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Polk County, NC have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$212,300
2018 Median
± $17,128
$205,500
2017 Median
± $14,339

In 2018, the median property value in Polk County, NC grew to to $212,300 from the previous year's value of $205,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Polk 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 Polk County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$48,834
Median Household Income
± $3,403
9.05k
Number of Households
± 560

In 2018, the median household income of the 9.05k households in Polk County, NC grew to $48,834 from the previous year's value of $48,412.

The following chart displays the households in Polk 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 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.4%
2018 Homeownership
73.1%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 73.4% of the housing units in Polk County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.1%.

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

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, NC have a longer commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 3.36% of the workforce in Polk County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (79.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.86%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.28%)

In 2018, 79.7% of workers in Polk County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.86%) and those who worked at home (5.28%).

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

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Health

90% of the population of Polk County, NC has health coverage, with 31.3% on employee plans, 14.1% on Medicaid, 22.4% on Medicare, 20.6% on non-group plans, and 1.58% 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 Polk County, NC see 1718 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.08% decrease from the previous year (1869 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2961 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 545 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

1,718 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, NC

Primary care physicians in Polk County, NC see an average of 1,718 patients per year. This represents a 8.08% decrease from the previous year (1,869 patients).

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

9.99%
Uninsured
31.3%
Employer Coverage
14.1%
Medicaid
22.4%
Medicare
20.6%
Non-Group
1.58%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, NC declined by 16.4% from 12% to 9.99%.

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