Wheeler County, GA

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Population

7,952

0.252% growth

Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$28,490

2.56% growth

Poverty Rate

29.3%


Number of Employees

1,845

18.3% growth

Median Property Value

$46,800

3.11% decline

About

In 2017, Wheeler County, GA had a population of 7.95k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $28,490. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wheeler County, GA grew from 7,932 to 7,952, a 0.252% increase and its median household income grew from $27,779 to $28,490, a 2.56% increase.

The population of Wheeler County, GA is 56.1% White Alone, 41.7% Black or African American Alone, and 1.65% Hispanic or Latino. 2.38% of the people in Wheeler County, GA speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Wheeler County, GA is $46,800, and the homeownership rate is 63.8%. Most people in Wheeler County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Wheeler County, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Wheeler County, GA employs 1.85k people. The largest industries in Wheeler County, GA are Public Administration (247 people), Manufacturing (245 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (242 people), and the highest paying industries are Construction ($40,474), Transportation & Warehousing ($37,417), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,156).

Median household income in Wheeler County, GA is $28,490. Males in Wheeler County, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Wheeler County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$28,490

2017 value

± $3,962

2.56%

1 Year Growth

± 19.2%

Households in Wheeler County, GA have a median annual income of $28,490, 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 $27,779 in 2016, which represents a 2.56% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wheeler County, GA made 1.36 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

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wheeler County, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Wheeler County, GA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wheeler County, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia 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 7802

  2. Census Tract 7801

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wheeler County, GA was Census Tract 7802 with a value of $28,707, followed by Census Tract 7801 and N/A, with respective values of $21,643 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

29.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wheeler County, GA (1.78k out of 6.09k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 35 - 44 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. Black

    943 ± 244

  2. White

    799 ± 199

  3. Native American

    27 ± 97

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wheeler County, GA is Black, followed by White and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.85k

2017 Value

± 316

18.3%

1 Year growth

± 20%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wheeler County, GA grew at a rate of 18.3%, from 1.56k employees to 1.85k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wheeler County, GA, are Transportation Occupations (253 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (238 people), and Production Occupations (198 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wheeler County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wheeler County, GA, by number of employees, are Transportation Occupations (253 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (238 people), and Production Occupations (198 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wheeler County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (4.94 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.49 times), and Transportation Occupations (3.76 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wheeler County, GA, by median earnings, are Construction & Extraction Occupations ($60,500), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations ($47,273), and Natural Resources, Construction, & Maintenance Occupations ($45,115).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.85k

2017 Value

± 316

18.3%

1 Year growth

± 20%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wheeler County, GA grew at a rate of 18.3%, from 1.56k employees to 1.85k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wheeler County, GA, are Public Administration (247 people), Manufacturing (245 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (242 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wheeler County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Wheeler County, GA 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 Wheeler County, GA, by number of employees, are Public Administration (247 people), Manufacturing (245 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (242 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Wheeler County, GA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.71 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.87 times), and Utilities (2.66 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wheeler County, GA, by median earnings, are Construction ($40,474), Transportation & Warehousing ($37,417), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,156).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $38B and Electronics and $30.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia 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 Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

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

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Health

78.1% of the population of Wheeler County, GA has health coverage, with 35.2% on employee plans, 25.8% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 3.94% on non-group plans, and 1.73% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Wheeler County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Wheeler County, GA see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 0 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 0 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wheeler County, GA see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

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

21.9%

Uninsured

35.2%

Employer Coverage

25.8%

Medicaid

11.5%

Medicare

3.94%

Non-Group

1.73%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wheeler County, GA grew by 6.62% from 20.5% to 21.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wheeler County, GA 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. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Wheeler County, GA is home to a population of 7.95k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.16% of Wheeler County, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Wheeler County, GA is composed of 4.47k White Alone residents (56.1%), 3.32k Black or African American Alone residents (41.7%), 131 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.65%), 27 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.34%), 11 Two or More Races residents (0.138%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Wheeler County, GA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (172 speakers), Vietnamese (9 speakers), and French Creole (0 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.9

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 24.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wheeler County, GA was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Wheeler County, GA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Wheeler County, GA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.16%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.53%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.16% of Wheeler County, GA residents 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 Wheeler County, GA was 1.53%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wheeler County, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Wheeler County, GA residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Wheeler County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wheeler County, GA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    4.47k ± 18

  2. Black or African American Alone

    3.32k ± 99

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    131 ± 95

In 2017, there were 1.35 times more White Alone residents (4.47k people) in Wheeler County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.32k Black or African American Alone and 131 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 Wheeler County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    172 speakers (2.26%)

  2. Vietnamese

    9 speakers (0.118%)

  3. French Creole

    0 speakers (0%)

2.38% of Wheeler County, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Wheeler County, GA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.26% of the overall population of Wheeler County, GA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.118% speak Vietnamese and 0% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    138 ± 67

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    55 ± 53

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    29 ± 34

Wheeler County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wheeler County, GA was $46,800 in 2017, which is 0.215 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $48,300 to $46,800, a 3.11% decrease. The homeownership rate in Wheeler County, GA is 63.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wheeler County, GA have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wheeler County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$28,490

Median Household Income

± $3,962

1.97k

Number of Households

± 244

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.97k households in Wheeler County, GA grew to $28,490 from the previous year's value of $27,779.

The following chart displays the households in Wheeler County, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $10k - $15k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$46,800

2017 Median

± $15,123

$48,300

2016 Median

± $12,254

In 2017, the median property value in Wheeler County, GA declined from to $46,800 from the previous year's value of $48,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wheeler County, GA 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 Wheeler County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

63.8%

2017 Homeownership

66%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.8% of the housing units in Wheeler County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66%.

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

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wheeler County, GA have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.334% of the workforce in Wheeler County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    91.4%

  2. Carpooled

    2.56%

  3. Walked

    2.56%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wheeler County, GA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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