Transylvania County, NC

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Population

33,291

0.693% growth

Median Age

50.6


Median Household Income

$44,559

1.46% growth

Poverty Rate

15.5%


Number of Employees

13,342

0.994% decline

Median Property Value

$202,100

0.492% decline

About

In 2017, Transylvania County, NC had a population of 33.3k people with a median age of 50.6 and a median household income of $44,559. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Transylvania County, NC grew from 33,062 to 33,291, a 0.693% increase and its median household income grew from $43,918 to $44,559, a 1.46% increase.

The population of Transylvania County, NC is 89.4% White Alone, 4.04% Black or African American Alone, and 3.18% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Transylvania County, NC speak a non-English language, and 97.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Transylvania County, NC are Brevard College (128 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Transylvania County, NC is $202,100, and the homeownership rate is 75.9%. Most people in Transylvania County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Transylvania County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Transylvania County, NC employs 13.3k people. The largest industries in Transylvania County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,996 people), Retail Trade (1,577 people), and Construction (1,460 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($44,635), Wholesale Trade ($40,685), and Finance & Insurance ($36,570).

Median household income in Transylvania County, NC is $44,559. Males in Transylvania 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 Transylvania County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,559

2017 value

± $3,059

1.46%

1 Year Growth

± 10.8%

Households in Transylvania County, NC have a median annual income of $44,559, 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 $43,918 in 2016, which represents a 1.46% 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 Transylvania 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 9604.01

  2. Census Tract 9604.02

  3. Census Tract 9605

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Transylvania County, NC was Census Tract 9604.01 with a value of $54,080, followed by Census Tract 9604.02 and Census Tract 9605, with respective values of $51,000 and $47,807.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Transylvania 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

15.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Transylvania County, NC (5.02k out of 32.3k 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 55 - 64 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    3,892 ± 439

  2. Hispanic

    572 ± 215

  3. Black

    429 ± 183

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

13.3k

2017 Value

± 854

-0.994%

1 Year decline

± 8.94%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Transylvania County, NC declined at a rate of -0.994%, from 13.5k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Transylvania County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,752 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,520 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,173 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Transylvania County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Transylvania County, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,752 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,520 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,173 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Transylvania County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.77 times higher than expected), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (1.56 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Transylvania County, NC, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($65,060), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($56,146), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,786).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.3k

2017 Value

± 854

-0.994%

1 Year decline

± 8.94%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Transylvania County, NC declined at a rate of -0.994%, from 13.5k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Transylvania County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,996 people), Retail Trade (1,577 people), and Construction (1,460 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Transylvania County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Transylvania 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 Transylvania County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,996 people), Retail Trade (1,577 people), and Construction (1,460 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Transylvania County, NC has an unusually high number of Construction (1.75 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.62 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Transylvania County, NC, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($44,635), Wholesale Trade ($40,685), and Finance & Insurance ($36,570).

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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

83.9% of the population of Transylvania County, NC has health coverage, with 26.6% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 22.1% on Medicare, 20.1% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Transylvania County, NC see 1328 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.454% increase from the previous year (1322 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3044 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 472 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

1,328 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Transylvania County, NC see an average of 1,328 patients per year. This represents a 0.454% increase from the previous year (1,322 patients).

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

16.1%

Uninsured

26.6%

Employer Coverage

13.6%

Medicaid

22.1%

Medicare

20.1%

Non-Group

1.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Transylvania County, NC declined by 6.69% from 17.3% to 16.1%.

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

Transylvania County, NC is home to a population of 33.3k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.1% of Transylvania County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.37k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Transylvania County, NC is composed of 29.8k White Alone residents (89.4%), 1.35k Black or African American Alone residents (4.04%), 1.06k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.18%), 453 Two or More Races residents (1.36%), 316 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.949%), 203 Asian Alone residents (0.61%), 140 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.421%), and 12 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.036%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

51

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Transylvania County, NC was 50.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 51, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Transylvania County, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Transylvania County, NC residents was 50.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.1%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.37k people

4.04%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.34k people

As of 2017, 4.1% of Transylvania County, NC residents (1.37k 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 Transylvania County, NC was 4.04%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

97.5%

2017 Citizenship

97.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.5% of Transylvania County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Transylvania County, NC was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    29.8k ± 296

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.35k ± 143

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.06k ± 345

In 2017, there were 22.1 times more White Alone residents (29.8k people) in Transylvania County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.35k Black or African American Alone and 1.06k 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 Transylvania 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 Transylvania 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 Transylvania County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Transylvania 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

    1,333 ± 207

  2. Korea

    318 ± 103

  3. World War II

    290 ± 115

Transylvania County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Transylvania County, NC awarded 128 degrees. The student population of Transylvania County, NC is skewed towards men, with 396 male students and 308 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Transylvania County, NC are White (92 and 76.7%), followed by Black or African American (13 and 10.8%), Unknown (9 and 7.5%), and Two or More Races (3 and 2.5%).

The largest universities in Transylvania County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Brevard College (128 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Transylvania County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (25 and 19.5%), General Health Services (12 and 9.38%), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (12 and 9.38%).

The median tuition costs in Transylvania County, NC are $27,550 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Transylvania County, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 25 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

128 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$27,550

Median Private

In 2016, the Transylvania County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Brevard College with 128 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

67

Degrees Awarded to Men

61

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 67 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Transylvania County, NC, which is 1.1 times more than the 61 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

    92 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    13 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    9 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Transylvania County, NC were to White students. These 92 degrees mean that there were 7.08 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 13 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Transylvania County, NC was $202,100 in 2017, which is 0.929 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $203,100 to $202,100, a 0.492% decrease. The homeownership rate in Transylvania County, NC is 75.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Transylvania County, NC have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Transylvania 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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$44,559

Median Household Income

± $3,059

14.1k

Number of Households

± 826

In 2017, the median household income of the 14.1k households in Transylvania County, NC grew to $44,559 from the previous year's value of $43,918.

The following chart displays the households in Transylvania 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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Housing

Property Value

$202,100

2017 Median

± $9,655

$203,100

2016 Median

± $8,589

In 2017, the median property value in Transylvania County, NC declined from to $202,100 from the previous year's value of $203,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Transylvania 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 Transylvania County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

75.9%

2017 Homeownership

76%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.9% of the housing units in Transylvania County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76%.

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

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Transylvania County, NC have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.27% of the workforce in Transylvania County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.8%

  2. Carpooled

    9.84%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.11%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Transylvania County, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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