Sampson County, NC

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Population

63,664

0.0769% decline

Median Age

40.2


Median Household Income

$37,765

2.78% growth

Poverty Rate

24.3%


Number of Employees

26,794

0.623% decline

Median Property Value

$87,700

0.228% decline

About

In 2017, Sampson County, NC had a population of 63.7k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $37,765. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sampson County, NC declined from 63,713 to 63,664, a -0.0769% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,742 to $37,765, a 2.78% increase.

The population of Sampson County, NC is 51.6% White Alone, 25% Black or African American Alone, and 18.9% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Sampson County, NC speak a non-English language, and 91.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sampson County, NC are Sampson Community College (388 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Sampson County, NC is $87,700, and the homeownership rate is 69.6%. Most people in Sampson County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Sampson County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Sampson County, NC employs 26.8k people. The largest industries in Sampson County, NC are Manufacturing (4,235 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,555 people), and Retail Trade (3,532 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,250), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($51,250), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,219).

Median household income in Sampson County, NC is $37,765. Males in Sampson County, 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 Sampson County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,765

2017 value

± $2,224

2.78%

1 Year Growth

± 7.92%

Households in Sampson County, NC have a median annual income of $37,765, 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 $36,742 in 2016, which represents a 2.78% 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.

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

  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 Sampson County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9703.02

  2. Census Tract 9702

  3. Census Tract 9703.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sampson County, NC was Census Tract 9703.02 with a value of $48,861, followed by Census Tract 9702 and Census Tract 9703.01, with respective values of $46,839 and $42,129.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sampson County, 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

24.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sampson County, NC (15.3k out of 62.8k 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 Males 6 - 11 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

    7,787 ± 686

  2. Black

    5,515 ± 510

  3. Hispanic

    5,058 ± 492

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sampson 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

26.8k

2017 Value

± 1,201

-0.623%

1 Year decline

± 6.35%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sampson County, NC declined at a rate of -0.623%, from 27k employees to 26.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sampson County, NC, are Production Occupations (2,806 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,779 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,678 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sampson County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sampson County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,806 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,779 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,678 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sampson County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (9.58 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.85 times), and Production Occupations (1.81 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sampson County, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($77,375), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,199), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,503).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

26.8k

2017 Value

± 1,201

-0.623%

1 Year decline

± 6.35%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sampson County, NC declined at a rate of -0.623%, from 27k employees to 26.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sampson County, NC, are Manufacturing (4,235 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,555 people), and Retail Trade (3,532 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sampson County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Sampson 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 Sampson County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,235 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,555 people), and Retail Trade (3,532 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sampson County, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.77 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.56 times), and Construction (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sampson County, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($66,250), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($51,250), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,219).

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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

82.5% of the population of Sampson County, NC has health coverage, with 32.5% on employee plans, 24.1% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.55% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Sampson County, NC see 2360 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.506% decrease from the previous year (2372 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2869 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3006 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

2,360 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sampson County, NC see an average of 2,360 patients per year. This represents a 0.506% decrease from the previous year (2,372 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sampson County, NC in comparison to neighboring states.

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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

17.5%

Uninsured

32.5%

Employer Coverage

24.1%

Medicaid

12.8%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

1.55%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sampson County, NC declined by 1.28% from 17.7% to 17.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sampson 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. 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

Sampson County, NC is home to a population of 63.7k people, from which 91.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.7% of Sampson County, NC residents were born outside of the country (6.18k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Sampson County, NC is composed of 32.9k White Alone residents (51.6%), 15.9k Black or African American Alone residents (25%), 12k Hispanic or Latino residents (18.9%), 1.49k Two or More Races residents (2.35%), 1.02k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.6%), 343 Asian Alone residents (0.539%), 25 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0393%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sampson County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sampson County, NC was 40.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Sampson County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Sampson County, NC residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.18k people

9.74%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.21k people

As of 2017, 9.7% of Sampson County, NC residents (6.18k 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 Sampson County, NC was 9.74%, 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

91.8%

2017 Citizenship

91.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.8% of Sampson County, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sampson County, NC was 91.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    32.9k ± 31

  2. Black or African American Alone

    15.9k ± 326

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    12k ± 1.41k

In 2017, there were 2.07 times more White Alone residents (32.9k people) in Sampson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.9k Black or African American Alone and 12k 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 Sampson County, 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 Sampson County, 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 Sampson County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Sampson County, 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

    1,449 ± 223

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    397 ± 127

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    396 ± 157

Sampson County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Sampson County, NC awarded 388 degrees. The student population of Sampson County, NC is skewed towards women, with 427 male students and 868 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sampson County, NC are White (193 and 49.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (86 and 22.2%), Black or African American (72 and 18.6%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (16 and 4.13%).

The largest universities in Sampson County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Sampson Community College (388 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Sampson County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (62 and 16%), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (41 and 10.6%), and Registered Nursing (33 and 8.51%).

The median tuition costs in Sampson 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. 62 degrees awarded

  2. 33 degrees awarded

  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Sampson County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 62 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

388 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Sampson County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sampson Community College with 388 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

157

Degrees Awarded to Men

231

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 157 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sampson County, NC, which is 0.68 times less than the 231 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

    193 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    86 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    72 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sampson County, NC were to White students. These 193 degrees mean that there were 2.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 86 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sampson County, NC was $87,700 in 2017, which is 0.403 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $87,900 to $87,700, a 0.228% decrease. The homeownership rate in Sampson County, NC is 69.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sampson County, NC have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sampson County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$37,765

Median Household Income

± $2,224

23.4k

Number of Households

± 1,082

In 2017, the median household income of the 23.4k households in Sampson County, NC grew to $37,765 from the previous year's value of $36,742.

The following chart displays the households in Sampson 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$87,700

2017 Median

± $2,717

$87,900

2016 Median

± $2,920

In 2017, the median property value in Sampson County, NC declined from to $87,700 from the previous year's value of $87,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sampson 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 Sampson County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.6%

2017 Homeownership

69.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.6% of the housing units in Sampson County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.4%.

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

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sampson County, NC have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.82% of the workforce in Sampson County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82%

  2. Carpooled

    12.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.09%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sampson County, NC was Drove Alone (82%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.4%) and those who Worked At Home (3.09%).

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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