Wilkes County, NC

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2020 Population
68,341
0.187% 1-year decline
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
45.1
0.445% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
16.4%
7.18% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$44,980
1.98% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$129,200
2.3% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
29,631
0.601% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Wilkes County, NC had a population of 68.3k people with a median age of 45.1 and a median household income of $44,980. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Wilkes County, NC declined from 68,469 to 68,341, a −0.187% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,107 to $44,980, a 1.98% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wilkes County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.74%), White (Hispanic) (3.28%), Other (Hispanic) (1.66%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.54%).

None of the households in Wilkes County, 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.

97.5% of the residents in Wilkes County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wilkes County, NC are Wilkes Community College (1,537 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Wilkes County, NC was $129,200, and the homeownership rate was 75.9%.

Most people in Wilkes County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Wilkes County, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Wilkes County, NC is home to a population of 68.3k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.72% of Wilkes County, NC residents were born outside of the country (2.54k people).

In 2020, there were 23.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (59.5k people) in Wilkes County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.56k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.24k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.5%
2020 Citizenship
97.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.5% of Wilkes County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Wilkes County, NC was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wilkes County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    59.5k ± 55
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.56k ± 261
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.24k ± 482
6.61%
Hispanic Population
4.52k people

In 2020, there were 23.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (59.5k people) in Wilkes County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.56k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.24k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.61% of the people in Wilkes County, NC are hispanic (4.52k people).

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

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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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Foreign-Born Population

3.72%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
2.54k people
4.14%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.84k people

As of 2020, 3.72% of Wilkes County, NC residents (2.54k 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 Wilkes County, NC was 4.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,553 ± 250
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    731 ± 262
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    605 ± 251

Wilkes County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Wilkes County, NC employs 29.6k people. The largest industries in Wilkes County, NC are Manufacturing (5,147 people), Retail Trade (4,674 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,598 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,561), Utilities ($48,388), and Public Administration ($45,009).

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.

Occupations

29.6k
2020 Value
± 1,498
0.601%
1 Year growth
± 6.71%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Wilkes County, NC grew at a rate of 0.601%, from 29.5k employees to 29.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wilkes County, NC, are Production Occupations (3,503 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,017 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,009 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wilkes County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

29.6k
2020 Value
± 1,498
0.601%
1 Year growth
± 6.71%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Wilkes County, NC grew at a rate of 0.601%, from 29.5k employees to 29.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wilkes County, NC, are Manufacturing (5,147 people), Retail Trade (4,674 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,598 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wilkes County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wilkes County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$34,890
Median earning men ± $2,166
$26,318
Median earning women ± $3,012

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Public Administration ($45,833), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($43,790), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,631).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Information ($43,085), Public Administration ($38,942), and Wholesale Trade ($38,421).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 408
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 267
    Manufacturing
  3. 256
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $502k
    Manufacturing
  2. $201k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $72k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wilkes County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 77.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (21.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.603%).

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.

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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In 2020, universities in Wilkes County, NC awarded 1,537 degrees. The student population of Wilkes County, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 979 male students and 1,456 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wilkes County, NC are White (1,292 and 84.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (132 and 8.62%), Unknown (58 and 3.79%), and Two or More Races (28 and 1.83%).

The largest universities in Wilkes County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wilkes Community College (1,537 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Wilkes County, NC are Animal Husbandry & Production (206 and 13.4%), Automobile Mechanics Technology (178 and 11.6%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (140 and 9.11%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 2,435 students enrolled in Wilkes County, NC, 40.2% men and 59.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,922 records, of which 60.2% were women and 39.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 140 degree-majors awarded
  2. 36 degree-majors awarded
  3. 23 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wilkes County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 140 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,537 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wilkes Community College with 1,537 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 936 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wilkes County, NC, which is 1.56 times more than the 601 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,292 degrees mean that there were 9.79 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 132 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($140) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,700) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Wilkes County, NC was $129,200 in 2020, which is 0.562 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $126,300 to $129,200, a 2.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Wilkes County, NC is 75.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Wilkes County, NC have an average commute time of 25.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wilkes County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wilkes County, NC is $44,980. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Wilkes County, NC was Census Tract 9610.02 with a value of $49,564, followed by Census Tract 9608.02 and Census Tract 9610.01, with respective values of $47,071 and $45,019.

In 2021, 13.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wilkes County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.07%.

Property

$129,200
Median Property Value 2020
±$7,269
$21,931
Median Property Taxes
±$1,096

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wilkes County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Wilkes County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.9%
Homeownership
2020
64.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 75.9% of the housing units in Wilkes County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9610.02
  2. Census Tract 9608.02
  3. Census Tract 9610.01

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wilkes County, NC was Census Tract 9610.02 with a value of $49,564, followed by Census Tract 9608.02 and Census Tract 9610.01, with respective values of $47,071 and $45,019.

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

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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.
$44,980
Median Household Income
± $2,049
28.9k
Number of Households
± 1,420

In 2020, the median household income of the 28.9k households in Wilkes County, NC grew to $44,980 from the previous year's value of $44,107.

The following chart displays the households in Wilkes 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wilkes County, 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82.1%)
  2. Carpooled (11.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.15%)

In 2020, 82.1% of workers in Wilkes County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.3%) and those who worked at home (5.15%).

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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Commute Time

25.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wilkes County, NC have a shorter commute time (25.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.01% of the workforce in Wilkes County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 13.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wilkes County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.07%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wilkes County, NC (11k out of 67.2k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wilkes 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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 21.1% of the children was living in poverty in Wilkes County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 7.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 209 in Wilkes County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 35.2 per 100,000 population.

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pulseHealth

88.5% of the population of Wilkes County, NC has health coverage, with 38.8% on employee plans, 17.4% on Medicaid, 16.8% on Medicare, 14.2% on non-group plans, and 1.35% 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 Wilkes County, NC see 2364 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.47% decrease from the previous year (2449 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2736 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 526 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.7% were men and 52.3% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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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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Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,364 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wilkes County, NC

Primary care physicians in Wilkes County, NC see an average of 2,364 patients per year. This represents a 3.47% decrease from the previous year (2,449 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wilkes County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.7% under 18 years, 17.3% between 18 and 34 years, 39.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 21.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.7% were men and 52.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.5%
Uninsured
38.8%
Employer Coverage
17.4%
Medicaid
16.8%
Medicare
14.2%
Non-Group
1.35%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wilkes County, NC grew by 0.821% from 11.4% to 11.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wilkes County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 51.4 in Wilkes County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38.9% in Wilkes County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 15.3% in Wilkes County, NC.

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