West Jefferson, NC

Census Place

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2020 Population
1,767
14.8% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
41.2
11% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
16.3%
22.6% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$32,273
9.71% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$144,700
7.66% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
797
20.9% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, West Jefferson, NC had a population of 1.77k people with a median age of 41.2 and a median household income of $32,273. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of West Jefferson, NC grew from 1,539 to 1,767, a 14.8% increase and its median household income grew from $29,417 to $32,273, a 9.71% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Jefferson, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.85%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.23%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.04%).

None of the households in West Jefferson, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.1% of the residents in West Jefferson, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in West Jefferson, NC was $144,700, and the homeownership rate was 44.1%. Most people in West Jefferson, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in West Jefferson, NC was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

West Jefferson, NC is home to a population of 1.77k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.26% of West Jefferson, NC residents were born outside of the country (93 people).

In 2020, there were 11.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.43k people) in West Jefferson, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 121 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 60 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in West Jefferson, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.43k ± 404
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    121 ± 65
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    60 ± 65.3
5.83%
Hispanic Population
103 people

In 2020, there were 11.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.43k people) in West Jefferson, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 121 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 60 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.83% of the people in West Jefferson, NC are hispanic (103 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.26%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
93 people
6.69%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
103 people

As of 2020, 5.26% of West Jefferson, NC residents (93 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in West Jefferson, NC was 6.69%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 6.3
48
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 10.8

In 2020, the median age of all people in West Jefferson, NC was 41.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 48. But people in West Jefferson, NC are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all West Jefferson, NC residents was 46.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Citizenship

97.1%
2020 Citizenship
96.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.1% of West Jefferson, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in West Jefferson, NC was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    37 ± 30
  2. Korea
    8 ± 15
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    5 ± 17

West Jefferson, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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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Y-Axis
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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Economy

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of West Jefferson, NC employs 797 people. The largest industries in West Jefferson, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (163 people), Retail Trade (145 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (87 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($66,250), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,972), and Information ($59,583).

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,273
2020 value
± $13,090
9.71%
1 Year Growth
± 42%

Households in West Jefferson, NC have a median annual income of $32,273, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $29,417 in 2019, which represents a 9.71% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$65,285
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,177
$49,357
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $863

In 2020, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $68,761 ± $4,586
  2. White
    $55,155 ± $864
  3. Two or More Races
    $42,126 ± $3,548

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in North Carolina.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Jefferson, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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
Census Tract 9704
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Jefferson, NC (281 out of 1.73k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Males 45 - 54 and then Females 75+.

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
    201 ± 75
  2. Black
    50 ± 91
  3. Two Or More
    29 ± 86

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in West Jefferson, NC is White, followed by Black 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

797
2020 Value
± 220
20.9%
1 Year growth
± 30.2%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in West Jefferson, NC grew at a rate of 20.9%, from 659 employees to 797 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Jefferson, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (116 people), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (85 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (73 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Jefferson, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of West Jefferson, NC, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (116 people), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (85 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (73 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Jefferson, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (10.2 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (2.9 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.16 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of West Jefferson, NC, by median earnings, are Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($85,694), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,768), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($64,792).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

797
2020 Value
± 220
20.9%
1 Year growth
± 30.2%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in West Jefferson, NC grew at a rate of 20.9%, from 659 employees to 797 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Jefferson, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (163 people), Retail Trade (145 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (87 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of West Jefferson, NC, though some of these residents may live in West Jefferson, 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 West Jefferson, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (163 people), Retail Trade (145 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (87 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Jefferson, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.95 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.65 times), and Information (1.59 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in West Jefferson, NC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($66,250), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,972), and Information ($59,583).

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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. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

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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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

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. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%). The most partisan county was Durham County, NC with 80.4% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for North Carolina
49.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in North Carolina
  1. 80.4% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 80% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 79.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in North Carolina was Durham County, NC with 80.4% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic 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 West Jefferson, NC was $144,700 in 2020, which is 0.63 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $156,700 to $144,700, a 7.66% decrease. The homeownership rate in West Jefferson, NC is 44.1%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in West Jefferson, NC have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in West Jefferson, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$144,700
2020 Median
± $19,530
$156,700
2019 Median
± $14,724

In 2020, the median property value in West Jefferson, NC declined from to $144,700 from the previous year's value of $156,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in West Jefferson, 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 West Jefferson, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k 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.
$32,273
Median Household Income
± $13,090
640
Number of Households
± 139

In 2020, the median household income of the 640 households in West Jefferson, NC grew to $32,273 from the previous year's value of $29,417.

The following chart displays the households in West Jefferson, 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 West Jefferson, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In West Jefferson, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

44.1%
2020 Homeownership
42.5%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 44.1% of the housing units in West Jefferson, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 42.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in West Jefferson, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Jefferson, NC have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.813% of the workforce in West Jefferson, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (75.3%)
  2. Carpooled (18.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.02%)

In 2020, 75.3% of workers in West Jefferson, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (18.4%) and those who worked at home (5.02%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

86.7% of the population of West Jefferson, NC has health coverage, with 38% on employee plans, 24.7% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.23% 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 Ashe County, NC see 2259 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.579% increase from the previous year (2246 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2720 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 591 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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2,259 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ashe County, NC

Primary care physicians in Ashe County, NC see an average of 2,259 patients per year. This represents a 0.579% increase from the previous year (2,246 patients).

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

13.3%
Uninsured
38%
Employer Coverage
24.7%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
12.2%
Non-Group
0.23%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Jefferson, NC declined by 18.3% from 16.3% to 13.3%.

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