Watauga County, NC

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2019 Population
54,925
1.49% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
31.9
2.24% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
25.3%
6.79% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$47,526
4.99% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$238,000
0.585% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
25,748
3.13% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Watauga County, NC had a population of 54.9k people with a median age of 31.9 and a median household income of $47,526. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Watauga County, NC grew from 54,117 to 54,925, a 1.49% increase and its median household income grew from $45,268 to $47,526, a 4.99% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Watauga County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.7%), White (Hispanic) (2.15%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.74%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.1%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.05%). 0% of the households in Watauga County, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.3% of the residents in Watauga County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Watauga County, NC are Appalachian State University (4,956 degrees awarded in 2019) and Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (12 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Watauga County, NC was $238,000, and the homeownership rate was 60.1%. Most people in Watauga County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Watauga County, NC was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Diversity

Watauga County, NC is home to a population of 54.9k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2019, 5.86% of Watauga County, NC residents were born outside of the country (3.22k people).

In 2019, there were 42.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (50.4k people) in Watauga County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.18k White (Hispanic) and 954 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Watauga County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    50.4k ± 86
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.18k ± 272
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    954 ± 127
3.66%
Hispanic Population
2.01k people

In 2019, there were 42.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (50.4k people) in Watauga County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.18k White (Hispanic) and 954 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.66% of the people in Watauga County, NC are hispanic (2.01k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.86%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
3.22k people
3.06%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.65k people

As of 2019, 5.86% of Watauga County, NC residents (3.22k 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 Watauga County, NC was 3.06%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

31
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
45
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 5.3

In 2019, the median age of all people in Watauga County, NC was 31.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Watauga County, NC are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Watauga County, NC residents was 31.

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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

98.3%
2019 Citizenship
98.3%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.3% of Watauga County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Watauga County, NC was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,151 ± 181
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    390 ± 144
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    356 ± 120

Watauga County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.95 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Watauga County, NC is $47,526. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Watauga County, NC was Census Tract 9207.02 with a value of $73,307, followed by Census Tract 9210 and Census Tract 9208, with respective values of $71,806 and $70,250.

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 Watauga County, NC employs 25.7k people. The largest industries in Watauga County, NC are Educational Services (4,658 people), Retail Trade (3,915 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,397 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($68,493), Utilities ($54,219), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,438).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,526
2019 value
± $2,387
4.99%
1 Year Growth
± 6.89%

Households in Watauga County, NC have a median annual income of $47,526, 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 $45,268 in 2018, which represents a 4.99% 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 Watauga County, 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9207.02
  2. Census Tract 9210
  3. Census Tract 9208

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Watauga County, NC was Census Tract 9207.02 with a value of $73,307, followed by Census Tract 9210 and Census Tract 9208, with respective values of $71,806 and $70,250.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Watauga County, NC (12.4k out of 49k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    11,208 ± 692
  2. Hispanic
    760 ± 228
  3. Two Or More
    300 ± 180

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Watauga County, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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

25.7k
2019 Value
± 1,129
3.13%
1 Year growth
± 6.08%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Watauga County, NC grew at a rate of 3.13%, from 25k employees to 25.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Watauga County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,709 people), Management Occupations (3,141 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,745 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Watauga County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Watauga County, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,709 people), Management Occupations (3,141 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,745 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Watauga County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.85 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.44 times), and Sales & Related Occupations (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Watauga County, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($103,000), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($68,894), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($56,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

25.7k
2019 Value
± 1,129
3.13%
1 Year growth
± 6.08%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Watauga County, NC grew at a rate of 3.13%, from 25k employees to 25.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Watauga County, NC, are Educational Services (4,658 people), Retail Trade (3,915 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,397 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Watauga County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Watauga 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 Watauga County, NC, by number of employees, are Educational Services (4,658 people), Retail Trade (3,915 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (3,397 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Watauga County, NC has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.95 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.83 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.75 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Watauga County, NC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($68,493), Utilities ($54,219), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,438).

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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 Watauga County, NC went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 47.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.7%), followed by Other (7.17%). 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.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Watauga County, NC
47.2% for the Democratic 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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Education

In 2019, universities in Watauga County, NC awarded 4,968 degrees. The student population of Watauga County, NC is skewed towards women, with 8,178 male students and 11,171 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Watauga County, NC are White (4,221 and 85.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (252 and 5.1%), Black or African American (173 and 3.5%), and Two or More Races (123 and 2.49%).

The largest universities in Watauga County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Appalachian State University (4,956 and 99.8%) and Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (12 and 0.242%).

The most popular majors in Watauga County, NC are General Psychology (254 and 5.11%), General Business Administration & Management (233 and 4.69%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (213 and 4.29%).

The median tuition costs in Watauga County, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,242 and $19,049 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 190 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 180 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 237 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Watauga County, NC was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 190 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,956 degrees awarded
  2. 12 degrees awarded
$4,242
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Watauga County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Appalachian State University with 4,956 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,018
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,950
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 2,018 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Watauga County, NC, which is 0.684 times less than the 2,950 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Watauga County, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,221 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    252 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    173 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Watauga County, NC was White students. These 4,221 degrees mean that there were 16.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 252 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Watauga County, NC was $238,000 in 2019, which is 0.99 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $239,400 to $238,000, a 0.585% decrease. The homeownership rate in Watauga County, NC is 60.1%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Watauga County, NC have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Watauga County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$238,000
2019 Median
± $7,932
$239,400
2018 Median
± $7,600

In 2019, the median property value in Watauga County, NC declined from to $238,000 from the previous year's value of $239,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Watauga 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 Watauga County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$47,526
Median Household Income
± $2,387
21.1k
Number of Households
± 971

In 2019, the median household income of the 21.1k households in Watauga County, NC grew to $47,526 from the previous year's value of $45,268.

The following chart displays the households in Watauga 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Watauga County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Watauga County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

60.1%
2019 Homeownership
60.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 60.1% of the housing units in Watauga County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 60.6%.

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

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Watauga County, NC have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.43% of the workforce in Watauga County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (74.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.96%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.92%)

In 2019, 74.6% of workers in Watauga County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.96%) and those who worked at home (7.92%).

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

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

90.9% of the population of Watauga County, NC has health coverage, with 48.3% on employee plans, 9.35% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 19.5% on non-group plans, and 1.86% 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 Watauga County, NC see 1332 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.893% decrease from the previous year (1344 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1518 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 243 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

1,332 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Watauga County, NC

Primary care physicians in Watauga County, NC see an average of 1,332 patients per year. This represents a 0.893% decrease from the previous year (1,344 patients).

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

9.08%
Uninsured
48.3%
Employer Coverage
9.35%
Medicaid
11.9%
Medicare
19.5%
Non-Group
1.86%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Watauga County, NC grew by 3.05% from 8.82% to 9.08%.

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