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General Demographics

Total Population, 2022
176,3531
Population Change, April 2020 - July 2022
4,9241
Projected 2050 Population
230,6642
Under 18 Years Old
38,4161
Age 18-64 Years
107,2921
Age 65+ Years
30,6451
Median Age
39.13

Race / Ethnicity 3

White
61.23%3
Black/African American
19.45%3
Native American
0.11%3
Asian/Pacific Islander
1.63%3
Hispanic/Latino
13.51%3
Multi-Racial
3.47%3
Other Single Race
0.61%3
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Financial Stability

Residents Below Federal Poverty Level, 2022
12.7%4
Median Household Income, 2022
$61,0344
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Housing

Cost-Burdened Households (Spend 30% of Household Income on Housing)
26.2%5
Typical Home Value (July, 2023)
$269,1846
Median Gross Rent, 2 Bedroom Unit
$9245
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Education

4-Year County High School Graduation Rate
85.3%7
Postsecondary Enrollment
48%8
Postsecondary Attainment (25-44 Year Olds With a Postsecondary Degree/Credential)
45.9%8
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Employment

2024 County Economic Distress Tier
29
Total Workforce Employed, 2022
80,08710
Total Workforce Unemployed, 2022
3,08710
Average Weekly Wage, 2022
$97711
Residents Working in Home County
63.8%12
Labor Force Participation Rate
62.8%12
Unemployment Rate (Annual Average), 2022
3.7%13
Annual Living Wage - 1 Adult, 1 Child Household (Pre-Tax)
$73,11614
Avgerage Employment Change, 2012-22
6216 (11% Growth)11
Gross Domestic Product, 2022 (Thousands of Dollars)
$7,889,10315
Top Industry By Employment, 2021
Health Care and Social Assistance (10,932 Employees)16
Top Employer in County, 2022
Labcorp (1000+ Employees)11
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Health

Residents Uninsured
9.7%17
County Health Outcomes Rank
4018
Food Insecurity Rate, 2021
11.4%19
Primary Care Physicians Per 10K Residents, 2022
5.6520
Overdose Deaths Per 100 Thousand Residents, 2021
39.521
Life Expectancy
76.818
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Broadband

Households Without Computing Device (Laptop, Smartphone, etc.)
7.0%22
Broadband Availability Index Score, 2021
71.823
Households without an Internet Subscription
13.9%22
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Infrastructure

Designation of Water/Wastewater System as Distressed
Yes (Green Level, Ossipee)24

**Distressed is defined as a “public water system or wastewater system operated by a local government unit exhibiting signs of failure to identify or address those financial or operating needs necessary to enable that system to become or to remain a local government unit generating sufficient revenues to adequately fund management and operations, personnel, appropriate levels of maintenance, and reinvestment that facilitate the provision of reliable water or wastewater services” per Session Law 2020-79.**

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Small Business: Statewide Data

Small businesses make up 99.6% of all NC Businesses.25

44.5% of all North Carolinians are small business employees.25

Business Ownership

Business Ownership - Women
44.8%25
Business Ownership - Veterans
8.0%25
Business Ownership - People of Color
20.8%25

Business Creation

2020
126,60026
2021
178,30026
2022
171,40026

Business Revenue

2019
$125,700,00026
2020
$141,400,00026
2021
$159,200,00026

Employment Data

Small Business Employment Change, March 2020 - March 2021
Net decrease of 11,762 jobs25
Small Business Establishment Change, March 2020 - March 2021
Net increase of 14,936 businesses25

Agriculture

Farms
45,00027
Acres of Farmland
8,300,00027
Average Acreage of NC Farms
18427

Major Sectors

Major Business Sectors
Aerospace and Defense; Automotive, Truck & Heavy Machinery; Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals; Business and Financial Services; Corporate Headquarters; Energy; Food Processing and Manufacturing; Furniture; Information Technology; Plastics and Chemicals; Textiles; Tourism28
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