Spruce Pine, NC

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Population

2,089

5.52% decline

Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$30,814

0.725% decline

Poverty Rate

31.4%


Number of Employees

848

4.4% decline

Median Property Value

$119,300

3.87% decline

About

In 2017, Spruce Pine, NC had a population of 2.09k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $30,814. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Spruce Pine, NC declined from 2,211 to 2,089, a -5.52% decrease and its median household income declined from $31,039 to $30,814, a -0.725% decrease.

The population of Spruce Pine, NC is 86.8% White Alone, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.718% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Spruce Pine, NC speak a non-English language, and 92.3% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Spruce Pine, NC is $119,300, and the homeownership rate is 59.8%. Most people in Spruce Pine, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Spruce Pine, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Spruce Pine, NC employs 848 people. The largest industries in Spruce Pine, NC are Retail Trade (120 people), Construction (106 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (88 people), and the highest paying industries are Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($53,021), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,750), and Finance & Insurance ($38,750).

Median household income in Spruce Pine, NC is $30,814. Males in Spruce Pine, 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 Spruce Pine, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$30,814

2017 value

± $6,143

-0.725%

1 Year Growth

± 22.9%

Households in Spruce Pine, NC have a median annual income of $30,814, 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 $31,039 in 2016, which represents a -0.725% 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 Spruce Pine, 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 9504

  2. Census Tract 9503

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Spruce Pine, NC was Census Tract 9504 with a value of $52,612, followed by Census Tract 9503 and N/A, with respective values of $35,197 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

31.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Spruce Pine, NC (622 out of 1.98k 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 Males 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 25 - 34.

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

    578 ± 137

  2. Hispanic

    46 ± 66

  3. Native American

    15 ± 62

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Spruce Pine, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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

848

2017 Value

± 178

-4.4%

1 Year decline

± 30.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Spruce Pine, NC declined at a rate of -4.4%, from 887 employees to 848 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Spruce Pine, NC, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (90 people), Sales & Related Occupations (81 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (77 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Spruce Pine, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Spruce Pine, NC, by number of employees, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (90 people), Sales & Related Occupations (81 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (77 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Spruce Pine, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (12.2 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (4.76 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.13 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Spruce Pine, NC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($82,500), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($58,864), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($51,094).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

848

2017 Value

± 178

-4.4%

1 Year decline

± 30.7%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Spruce Pine, NC declined at a rate of -4.4%, from 887 employees to 848 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Spruce Pine, NC, are Retail Trade (120 people), Construction (106 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (88 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Spruce Pine, NC, though some of these residents may live in Spruce Pine, 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 Spruce Pine, NC, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (120 people), Construction (106 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (88 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Spruce Pine, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.98 times higher than expected), Construction (2 times), and Public Administration (1.77 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Spruce Pine, NC, by median earnings, are Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($53,021), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($38,750), and Finance & Insurance ($38,750).

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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

75.4% of the population of Spruce Pine, NC has health coverage, with 27.5% on employee plans, 25.4% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 9.3% on non-group plans, and 1.67% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Spruce Pine, 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).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina 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%).

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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

24.6%

Uninsured

27.5%

Employer Coverage

25.4%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

9.3%

Non-Group

1.67%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Spruce Pine, NC grew by 16.9% from 21.1% to 24.6%.

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

Spruce Pine, NC is home to a population of 2.09k people, from which 92.3% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Spruce Pine, NC residents were born outside of the country (169 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Spruce Pine, NC is composed of 1.81k White Alone residents (86.8%), 231 Hispanic or Latino residents (11.1%), 15 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.718%), 13 Two or More Races residents (0.622%), 10 Asian Alone residents (0.479%), 7 Black or African American Alone residents (0.335%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Spruce Pine, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 4.2

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Spruce Pine, NC was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Spruce Pine, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Spruce Pine, NC residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    169 people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Spruce Pine, NC residents (169 people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Spruce Pine, NC was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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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

92.3%

2017 Citizenship

93.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.3% of Spruce Pine, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Spruce Pine, NC was 93.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    1.81k ± 302

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    231 ± 152

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    15 ± 16

In 2017, there were 7.85 times more White Alone residents (1.81k people) in Spruce Pine, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 231 Hispanic or Latino and 15 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Spruce Pine, 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 Spruce Pine, 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 Spruce Pine, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Spruce Pine, 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

    40 ± 29

  2. Korea

    22 ± 30

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    15 ± 23

Spruce Pine, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Spruce Pine, NC was $119,300 in 2017, which is 0.548 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $124,100 to $119,300, a 3.87% decrease. The homeownership rate in Spruce Pine, NC is 59.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Spruce Pine, NC have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Spruce Pine, 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.

$30,814

Median Household Income

± $6,143

828

Number of Households

± 137

In 2017, the median household income of the 828 households in Spruce Pine, NC declined from $30,814 from the previous year's value of $31,039.

The following chart displays the households in Spruce Pine, 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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Housing

Property Value

$119,300

2017 Median

± $23,904

$124,100

2016 Median

± $21,555

In 2017, the median property value in Spruce Pine, NC declined from to $119,300 from the previous year's value of $124,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Spruce Pine, 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 Spruce Pine, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

59.8%

2017 Homeownership

58.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59.8% of the housing units in Spruce Pine, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Spruce Pine, 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 Spruce Pine, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Spruce Pine, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Spruce Pine, NC have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.94% of the workforce in Spruce Pine, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.3%

  2. Carpooled

    19.1%

  3. Walked

    3.66%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Spruce Pine, NC was Drove Alone (74.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (19.1%) and those who Walked (3.66%).

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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