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0.66% growth
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2.4% growth
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0.22% growth


The economy of Sanford, NC employs 12,347 people. The economy of Sanford, NC is specialized in Manufacturing; Wholesale trade; and Utilities, which employ respectively 2.27; 1.89; and 1.65 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Sanford, NC are Manufacturing (2,725), Retail trade (1,547), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,528), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($54,007), Finance & Insurance ($49,444), and Utilities ($44,886).

Median household income in Sanford, NC is $41,638. Males in Sanford, NC have an average income that is 1.24 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,000. The income inequality of Sanford, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.458 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Sanford, NC. In Lee County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 65-74, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 54 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,246. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Sanford, NC is home to a population of 28,988 people, from which 89.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Sanford, NC is composed of 13,942 White residents (48.1%), 7,359 Black residents (25.4%), 6,642 Hispanic residents (22.9%), 499 Two+ residents (1.72%), and 400 Asian residents (1.38%). The most common foreign languages in Sanford, NC are Spanish (5,768 speakers), Tagalog (107 speakers), and Vietnamese (79 speakers), but compared to other places, Sanford, NC has a relative high number of Spanish (5,768 speakers), Tagalog (107 speakers), and Vietnamese (79 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Sanford, NC awarded 1,351 degrees. The student population of Sanford, NC is skewed towards females, with 541 male students and 810 female students. Most students in Sanford, NC are White (852 and 63.1%), followed by Black or African American (302 and 22.4%), Hispanic or Latino (106 and 7.85%), and Unknown (37 and 2.74%). The largest universities in Sanford, NC by number of graduates are Central Carolina Community College (1,351 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Sanford, NC are Early Childhood Education & Teaching (62 and 4.59%), Office Management & Supervision (49 and 3.63%), and Medical Office Management (46 and 3.4%). The median tuition costs in Sanford, 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.



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The median property value in Sanford, NC is $135,200, which is 0.7 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $134,900 to $135,200, a 0.22% increase. The homeownership rate of Sanford, NC is 54%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sanford, NC have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sanford, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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