West Jefferson, NC

Census Place

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2019 Population
1,539
3.64% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
46.3
1.54% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
21%
9.43% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$29,417
15.6% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$156,700
3.87% 1-year decline
2019 Employed Population
659
12.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, West Jefferson, NC had a population of 1.54k people with a median age of 46.3 and a median household income of $29,417. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of West Jefferson, NC grew from 1,485 to 1,539, a 3.64% increase and its median household income grew from $25,446 to $29,417, a 15.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Jefferson, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (86.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.96%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.12%), Other (Hispanic) (2.73%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.75%). 0% of the households in West Jefferson, NC speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 96.8% of the residents in West Jefferson, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in West Jefferson, NC was $156,700, and the homeownership rate was 42.5%. Most people in West Jefferson, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in West Jefferson, 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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−5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a −5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

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

West Jefferson, NC is home to a population of 1.54k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2019, 14.9% of West Jefferson, NC residents were born outside of the country (229 people).

In 2019, there were 21.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.34k people) in West Jefferson, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 48 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 West Jefferson, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    1.34k ± 304
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    61 ± 66
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    48 ± 45
4.42%
Hispanic Population
68 people

In 2019, there were 21.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (1.34k people) in West Jefferson, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61 Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 48 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.42% of the people in West Jefferson, NC are hispanic (68 people).

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.9%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
229 people
6.4%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
95 people

As of 2019, 14.9% of West Jefferson, NC residents (229 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 West Jefferson, NC was 6.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

46
Median Native-Born Age
± 6.7
47
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 7.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in West Jefferson, NC was 46.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 47. But people in West Jefferson, NC are getting getting older. In 2018, 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
    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

96.8%
2019 Citizenship
96.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.8% of West Jefferson, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in West Jefferson, NC was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    44 ± 32
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    8 ± 21
  3. Korea
    8 ± 14

West Jefferson, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in West Jefferson, NC is $29,417. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in West Jefferson, NC was Census Tract 9704 with a value of $42,266, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,862. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.472, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of West Jefferson, NC employs 659 people. The largest industries in West Jefferson, NC are Retail Trade (107 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (105 people), and Educational Services (65 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($85,000), Finance & Insurance ($65,000), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,500).

Wages

Median Household Income

$29,417
2019 value
± $6,416
15.6%
1 Year Growth
± 26.5%

Households in West Jefferson, NC have a median annual income of $29,417, 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 $25,446 in 2018, which represents a 15.6% 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Jefferson, 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9704
  2. N/A
  3. N/A

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Jefferson, NC was Census Tract 9704 with a value of $42,266, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 75+
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Jefferson, NC (313 out of 1.49k 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 Females 75+, 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
    254 ± 81
  2. Black
    46 ± 66
  3. Hispanic
    9 ± 57

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

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

659
2019 Value
± 158
12.8%
1 Year growth
± 29.5%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in West Jefferson, NC grew at a rate of 12.8%, from 584 employees to 659 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Jefferson, NC, are Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (77 people), Sales & Related Occupations (57 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (54 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 Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (77 people), Sales & Related Occupations (57 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (54 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 (12.6 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (3.05 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.15 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of West Jefferson, NC, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,563), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($60,938), and Management, Business, Science, & Arts Occupations ($42,833).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

659
2019 Value
± 158
12.8%
1 Year growth
± 29.5%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in West Jefferson, NC grew at a rate of 12.8%, from 584 employees to 659 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Jefferson, NC, are Retail Trade (107 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (105 people), and Educational Services (65 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 Retail Trade (107 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (105 people), and Educational Services (65 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Jefferson, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.1 times higher than expected), Other Services, Except Public Administration (1.72 times), and Retail Trade (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in West Jefferson, NC, by median earnings, are Information ($85,000), Finance & Insurance ($65,000), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,500).

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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 Ashe County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 70.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (26.1%), followed by Other (3.81%). 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Ashe County, NC
70.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in North Carolina
  1. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 77.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in North Carolina was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in North Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from North Carolina

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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in West Jefferson, NC was $156,700 in 2019, which is 0.652 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $163,000 to $156,700, a 3.87% decrease. The homeownership rate in West Jefferson, NC is 42.5%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in West Jefferson, NC have an average commute time of 21.8 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

$156,700
2019 Median
± $14,724
$163,000
2018 Median
± $16,462

In 2019, the median property value in West Jefferson, NC declined from to $156,700 from the previous year's value of $163,000.

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 $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$29,417
Median Household Income
± $6,416
663
Number of Households
± 118

In 2019, the median household income of the 663 households in West Jefferson, NC grew to $29,417 from the previous year's value of $25,446.

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 $60k - $75k 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

42.5%
2019 Homeownership
39.4%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 42.5% of the housing units in West Jefferson, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 39.4%.

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

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Jefferson, NC have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.12% 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 2019
  1. Drove Alone (78.1%)
  2. Carpooled (17%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.66%)

In 2019, 78.1% of workers in West Jefferson, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17%) and those who worked at home (2.66%).

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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 3 cars.

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Health

83.7% of the population of West Jefferson, NC has health coverage, with 33% on employee plans, 20.4% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 16.3% on non-group plans, and 0.133% 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

16.3%
Uninsured
33%
Employer Coverage
20.4%
Medicaid
13.9%
Medicare
16.3%
Non-Group
0.133%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Jefferson, NC grew by 11% from 14.7% to 16.3%.

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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