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General Demographics

Total Population, 2022
27,1101
Population Change, April 2020 - July 2022
5291
Projected 2050 Population
26,8402
Under 18 Years Old
4,4951
Age 18-64 Years
15,1671
Age 65+ Years
7,4481
Median Age
49.63

Race / Ethnicity 3

White
91.93%3
Black/African American
0.98%3
Native American
0.24%3
Asian/Pacific Islander
0.47%3
Hispanic/Latino
5.25%3
Multi-Racial
1.08%3
Other Single Race
0.05%3
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Financial Stability

Residents Below Federal Poverty Level, 2022
14.4%4
Median Household Income, 2022
$54,3794
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Housing

Cost-Burdened Households (Spend 30% of Household Income on Housing)
19.5%5
Typical Home Value (July, 2023)
$327,6406
Median Gross Rent, 2 Bedroom Unit
$6865
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Education

4-Year County High School Graduation Rate
88.3%7
Postsecondary Enrollment
52%8
Postsecondary Attainment (25-44 Year Olds With a Postsecondary Degree/Credential)
43.2%8
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Employment

2024 County Economic Distress Tier
29
Total Workforce Employed, 2022
12,48210
Total Workforce Unemployed, 2022
43710
Average Weekly Wage, 2022
$80511
Residents Working in Home County
76.6%12
Labor Force Participation Rate
54.0%12
Unemployment Rate (Annual Average), 2022
3.4%13
Annual Living Wage - 1 Adult, 1 Child Household (Pre-Tax)
$64,95314
Avgerage Employment Change, 2012-22
195 (3% Growth)11
Gross Domestic Product, 2022 (Thousands of Dollars)
$918,84515
Top Industry By Employment, 2021
Retail Trade (1,189 Employees)16
Top Employer in County, 2022
Ashe County Board of Education (250-499 Employees)11
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Health

Residents Uninsured
11.0%17
County Health Outcomes Rank
2718
Food Insecurity Rate, 2021
13.1%19
Primary Care Physicians Per 10K Residents, 2022
4.8820
Overdose Deaths Per 100 Thousand Residents, 2021
18.421
Life Expectancy
78.218
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Broadband

Households Without Computing Device (Laptop, Smartphone, etc.)
12.9%22
Broadband Availability Index Score, 2021
77.323
Households without an Internet Subscription
20.0%22
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Infrastructure

Designation of Water/Wastewater System as Distressed
Yes (Lansing)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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