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General Demographics

Total Population, 2020
136,6931
Population Change Estimates, 2010-20
29,2621
2020-30 Population Projection
32,6042
Under 18
20,0871
Age 18+
116,6061
Age 65+
43,2371
Median Age
55.23

Race / Ethnicity 1

White
81.00%1
Black/African American
8.33%1
Native American
0.54%1
Asian/Pacific Islander
0.71%1
Hispanic
5.43%1
Multi-Racial
3.72%1
Other
0.27%1
Sources
  • 1: 2020 Decennial Census
  • 2: NC Office of State Budget and Management, State Demographer
  • 3: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Financial Stability

Poverty Rate
10.2% below poverty level4
Median Household Income
$64,4004
Sources
  • 4: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Housing

Cost-Burdened Households
27%5
Total Occupied
61,4966
Total Vacant
26,8346
Sources

Education

High School Graduation
84%7
Postsecondary Enrollment
50%7
Postsecondary Completion
56%7
Sources
  • 7: myFutureNC, 2022 County Profiles

Employment

Total Workforce
54,1678
Total Employed
50,9208
Total Unemployed
3,2478
Average Weekly Wage
$8749
2021 Unemployment Rate
5.5%10
Establishments Change, 2010-20
26.04%11
Avg. Employment Change, 2010-20
23.76%11
Labor Market Alignment
85%12
Top Gap Industries
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (below bachelor's); Health Science (below bachelor's); Finance (bachelor's)12
Top In-Demand Jobs
Registered Nurses; General and Operations Managers; First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers13
Sources

Health

Uninsured
8.9%14
Covid Cases
34,23115
Covid Deaths
34015
Hospital Beds per 1000 (State of NC)
2.0816
Rate of Substance Use Overdose per 100 Thousand Residents
30.817
Designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area
Primary, Dental, and Mental/Behavioral Health18
Sources
  • 14: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
  • 15: Current as of 7/24/2022 as reported by the New York Times
  • 16: KFF State Health Facts, 2020
  • 17: NCDHHS Opioid and Substance Use Action Plan Data Dashboard, 2022
  • 18: NCDHHS, 2022

Broadband

Households with No Computer in the Home
4.9%19
Households with an Internet Subscription
90.4%19
Households without an Internet Subscription
9.6%19
Sources
  • 19: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Infrastructure

Designation of Water System as Distressed (NC Gov)
No20

**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.**

Sources
  • 20: State Water Infrastructure Authority; Local Government Commission, 2022

Small Business: Statewide Data

Small businesses make up 99.60% of all NC Businesses.21

45.10% of all North Carolinians are small business employees.21

Business Ownership

Business Ownership - Women
44.20%21
Business Ownership - Veterans
8.40%21
Business Ownership - People of Color
25.50%21

Business Creation

2019
100,30022
2020
126,60022
2021
178,30022

Business Revenue

2019
$125,700,00022
2020
$141,400,00022
2021
$159,200,00022

Employment Data

Less Than 20 Employees
Largest employment gains by adding 40,060 net jobs (2019)23
20-99 Employees
Employ the largest share of workers23

Agriculture

Farms
46,00024
Acres of Farmland
8,400,00024
Average Acreage of NC Farms
18324

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; Tourism25
Sources
  • 21: US Small Business Administration, 2021 Small Business Profile
  • 22: Office of the Secretary of State, NC, 2021
  • 23: US Small Business Administration, 2020 Small Business Profile
  • 24: NC Agriculture Stats, NASS, USDA 2020
  • 25: Department of Commerce, 2022