Sparta, NC

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2019 Population
1,630
11.9% 1-year decline
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
49.2
7.19% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
26.9%
22.2% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$28,553
8.2% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$111,900
12.6% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
646
4.44% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Sparta, NC had a population of 1.63k people with a median age of 49.2 and a median household income of $28,553. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Sparta, NC declined from 1,851 to 1,630, a −11.9% decrease and its median household income grew from $26,389 to $28,553, a 8.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sparta, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.9%), White (Hispanic) (7.79%), Other (Hispanic) (2.64%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.09%), and Black or African American (Hispanic) (0.429%). 0% of the households in Sparta, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 97.5% of the residents in Sparta, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Sparta, NC was $111,900, and the homeownership rate was 57.5%. Most people in Sparta, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Sparta, NC was 3 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.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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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Diversity

Sparta, NC is home to a population of 1.63k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2019, 15.8% of Sparta, NC residents were born outside of the country (257 people).

In 2019, there were 11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.4k people) in Sparta, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 127 White (Hispanic) and 43 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sparta, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.4k ± 240
  2. White (Hispanic)
    127 ± 94
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    43 ± 56
11.3%
Hispanic Population
184 people

In 2019, there were 11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.4k people) in Sparta, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 127 White (Hispanic) and 43 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.3% of the people in Sparta, NC are hispanic (184 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
257 people
8.32%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
154 people

As of 2019, 15.8% of Sparta, NC residents (257 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sparta, NC was 8.32%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

50
Median Native-Born Age
± 7.3
48
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 8.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in Sparta, NC was 49.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 50, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in Sparta, NC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Sparta, NC residents was 46.

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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

97.5%
2019 Citizenship
94.3%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.5% of Sparta, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Sparta, NC was 94.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    73 ± 34
  2. Korea
    14 ± 21
  3. World War II
    14 ± 14

Sparta, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Sparta, NC is $28,553. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Sparta, NC was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $42,318, followed by Census Tract 9502 and N/A, with respective values of $32,388 and N/A.

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 Sparta, NC employs 646 people. The largest industries in Sparta, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (97 people), Construction (91 people), and Manufacturing (87 people), and the highest paying industries are Other Services Except Public Administration ($49,167), Educational Services ($43,281), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($40,938).

Wages

Median Household Income

$28,553
2019 value
± $5,336
8.2%
1 Year Growth
± 31.5%

Households in Sparta, NC have a median annual income of $28,553, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $26,389 in 2018, which represents a 8.2% 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 Sparta, 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9501
  2. Census Tract 9502
  3. N/A

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sparta, NC was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $42,318, followed by Census Tract 9502 and N/A, with respective values of $32,388 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sparta, NC (408 out of 1.52k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males < 5, followed by Females 75+ and then Males 6 - 11.

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
    353 ± 93
  2. Hispanic
    59 ± 61
  3. Other
    31 ± 62

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

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

646
2019 Value
± 130
−4.44%
1 Year decline
± 30.1%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Sparta, NC declined at a rate of −4.44%, from 676 employees to 646 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sparta, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (112 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (83 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (72 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sparta, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sparta, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (112 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (83 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (72 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Sparta, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.21 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.12 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (2.03 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sparta, NC, by median earnings, are Education Information, & Library Occupations ($43,906), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($43,333), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($43,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

646
2019 Value
± 130
−4.44%
1 Year decline
± 30.1%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Sparta, NC declined at a rate of −4.44%, from 676 employees to 646 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sparta, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (97 people), Construction (91 people), and Manufacturing (87 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sparta, NC, though some of these residents may live in Sparta, 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 Sparta, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (97 people), Construction (91 people), and Manufacturing (87 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Sparta, NC has an unusually high number of Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (3.17 times higher than expected), Construction (2.16 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sparta, NC, by median earnings, are Other Services Except Public Administration ($49,167), Educational Services ($43,281), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($40,938).

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Alleghany County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 71.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (24.6%), followed by Other (3.67%). 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Alleghany County, NC
71.8% 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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sparta, NC was $111,900 in 2019, which is 0.465 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $99,400 to $111,900, a 12.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Sparta, NC is 57.5%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Sparta, NC have an average commute time of 23.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sparta, NC is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$111,900
2019 Median
± $15,459
$99,400
2018 Median
± $12,354

In 2019, the median property value in Sparta, NC grew to to $111,900 from the previous year's value of $99,400.

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

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Household Income

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$28,553
Median Household Income
± $5,336
732
Number of Households
± 111

In 2019, the median household income of the 732 households in Sparta, NC grew to $28,553 from the previous year's value of $26,389.

The following chart displays the households in Sparta, 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 - $15k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

57.5%
2019 Homeownership
57.1%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 57.5% of the housing units in Sparta, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sparta, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sparta, NC have a shorter commute time (23.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 6.39% of the workforce in Sparta, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (85.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.99%)
  3. Walked (3%)

In 2019, 85.6% of workers in Sparta, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.99%) and those who walked to work (3%).

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

3 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

89.1% of the population of Sparta, NC has health coverage, with 23.8% on employee plans, 34.3% on Medicaid, 17.3% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 2.11% 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 Alleghany County, NC see 930 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.2% increase from the previous year (919 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5568 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 428 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

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930 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alleghany County, NC

Primary care physicians in Alleghany County, NC see an average of 930 patients per year. This represents a 1.2% increase from the previous year (919 patients).

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

10.9%
Uninsured
23.8%
Employer Coverage
34.3%
Medicaid
17.3%
Medicare
11.6%
Non-Group
2.11%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sparta, NC declined by 19.2% from 13.5% to 10.9%.

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