How are NC Counties Faring? Economic Data from 100 Counties

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The NC Budget and Tax Center‘s County Economic Snapshot is an annual publication that provides a look at how well counties in North Carolina are faring across key indicators of economic well-being and opportunity. Indicators were selected based on several factors including availability, reliability, and consistency as well as what they can tell us about the conditions in our state’s 100 counties.

The snapshots, accessible below by clicking on the county of interest, include indicators on employment, poverty and income, housing, health, education, and supports for working families—all of which come from a variety of sources. For the first time, these 100 county snapshots include data on longevity and education outcomes.

Click on the map of counties or on the county names in the sortable table below to access full data for each county.

County Poverty Rate1 Living Income Standard (LIS)2 LIS as % of Poverty Level3 Graduation Rate4 Life Expectancy5
Alamance 18.5 $47,162 213.3% 75.5 77.3
Alexander 16.9 $47,168 213.3% 76.6 76.3
Alleghany 23.0 $45,940 207.8% 80.6 77.8
Anson 22.6 $46,469 210.1% 75.9 73.8
Ashe 20.0 $45,940 207.8% 80.6 78.1
Avery 23.5 $47,508 214.8% 85.1 78.6
Beaufort 20.7 $46,871 212.0% 75.7 76.2
Bertie 27.0 $46,359 209.6% 78.6 73.3
Bladen 22.3 $47,070 212.9% 74.9 73.0
Buncombe 17.1 $45,969 207.9% 78.3 78.3
Brunswick 16.5 $51,619 233.4% 79.2 77.6
Burke 18.7 $46,793 211.6% 85.0 76.7
Cabarrus 12.5 $49,890 225.6% 84.2 77.2
Caldwell 18.4 $47,168 213.3% 81.4 76.4
Camden 9.7 $47,798 216.2% 90.7 77.5
Carteret 14.1 $47,748 215.9% 83.0 77.9
Caswell 20.8 $46,080 208.4% 76.3 76.5
Catawba 14.5 $44,245 200.1% 84.3 76.9
Chatham 14.2 $54,258 245.4% 74.3 78.5
Cherokee 18.1 $45,688 206.6% 86.1 76.6
Chowan 21.1 $47,849 216.4% 78.0 76.5
Clay 18.8 $46,064 208.3% 85.0 79.2
Cleveland 20.9 $48,266 218.3% 73.2 75.5
Columbus 26.9 $46,643 210.9% 80.7 72.8
Craven 17.5 $47,661 215.5% 80.9 76.9
Cumberland 18.2 $45,794 207.1% 78.1 76.3
Currituck 11.1 $53,170 240.4% 80.3 76.3
Dare 12.3 $52,854 239.0% 90.1 79.5
Davidson 17.3 $41,572 188.0% 78.7 76.3
Davie 14.0 $47,870 216.5% 76.6 78.1
Duplin 23.7 $46,643 210.9% 69.1 75.5
Durham 18.4 $53,063 240.0% 73.9 78.1
Edgecombe 24.5 $46,462 210.1% 75.0 72.4
Forsyth 16.7 $47,000 212.5% 78.8 77.4
Franklin 16.0 $50,528 228.5% 78.9 76.2
Gaston 19.9 $48,150 217.7% 75.4 75.2
Gates 17.5 $47,849 216.4% 82.0 75.4
Graham 22.5 $45,739 206.8% 85.6 75.1
Granville 15.5 $47,546 215.0% 67.3 74.4
Greene 23.7 $46,462 210.1% 76.3 76.0
Guilford 17.9 $47,476 214.7% 83.1 78.3
Halifax 26.2 $46,120 208.6% 73.8 74.1
Harnett 16.7 $46,506 210.3% 72.8 76.1
Haywood 14.6 $46,953 212.3% 79.3 77.3
Henderson 15.8 $48,563 219.6% 82.9 78.4
Hertford 26.1 $46,086 208.4% 83.9 74.2
Hoke 19.0 $47,739 215.9% 69.9 75.5
Hyde 21.9 $48,173 217.8% 83.0 77.1
Iredell 13.3 $49,031 221.7% 86.3 77.1
Jackson 19.3 $46,938 212.3% 77.2 76.9
Johnston 16.1 $50,290 227.4% 78.7 76.9
Jones 18.4 $47,213 213.5% 77.0 76.6
Lee 18.6 $47,806 216.2% 80.4 78.4
Lenoir 23.2 $46,120 208.6% 71.9 74.9
Lincoln 15.0 $47,732 215.9% 81.6 76.2
Macon 19.7 $47,031 212.7% 84.8 78.2
Madison 23.4 $47,969 216.9% 81.8 77.1
Martin 19.9 $48,585 219.7% 75.6 74.0
McDowell 19.3 $45,940 207.8% 75.2 76.4
Mecklenburg 15.6 $51,118 231.2% 73.5 78.8
Mitchell 18.5 $47,989 217.0% 80.0 76.3
Montgomery 24.6 $46,930 212.2% 77.9 78.0
Moore 16.6 $47,799 216.2% 72.3 79.3
Nash 15.6 $46,803 211.7% 74.7 75.7
New Hanover 18.1 $51,089 231.0% 73.9 78.6
Northampton 22.5 $46,086 208.4% 76.0 75.5
Onslow 15.8 $47,003 212.6% 81.7 77.3
Orange 17.4 $55,468 250.8% 86.2 80.8
Pamlico 15.2 $46,086 208.4% 80.9 77.9
Pasquotank 22.9 $49,074 221.9% 77.2 77.5
Pender 16.7 $47,972 216.9% 81.9 77.8
Perquimans 16.4 $47,798 216.2% 85.3 77.7
Person 16.4 $46,823 211.7% 72.7 74.6
Pitt 21.6 $47,536 215.0% 70.0 76.5
Polk 14.4 $47,848 216.4% 87.2 77.5
Randolph 18.1 $48,193 217.9% 82.8 76.9
Richmond 28.1 $46,418 209.9% 73.6 73.6
Robeson 31.5 $46,695 211.2% 78.8 72.5
Rockingham` 18.5 $45,702 206.7% 72.4 75.0
Rowan 20.1 $46,005 208.0% 76.9 76.9
Rutherford 25.0 $47,361 214.2% 69.0 74.3
Sampson 21.4 $46,643 210.9% 74.5 75.3
Scotland 27.2 $47,323 214.0% 65.6 73.0
Stanly 15.4 $47,169 213.3% 77.9 76.7
Stokes 14.3 $47,870 216.5% 81.1 76.4
Surry 19.3 $45,550 206.0% 80.8 75.8
Swain 18.5 $46,115 208.5% 73.3 72.6
Transylvania 15.9 $49,184 222.4% 78.0 79.4
Tyrrell 28.7 $47,798 216.2% 80.8 78.7
Union 9.2 $52,347 236.7% 89.1 78.1
Vance 24.3 $46,181 208.8% 67.5 74.2
Wake 12.0 $54,587 246.9% 80.9 80.3
Warren 27.1 $45,993 208.0% 79.5 76.2
Washington 22.4 $46,974 212.4% 82.6 76.5
Watauga 24.8 $50,481 228.3% 87.4 79.6
Wayne 19.7 $46,701 211.2% 74.6 75.2
Wilkes 19.9 $46,367 209.7% 80.7 76.3
Wilson 22.9 $47,957 216.9% 69.1 75.2
Yadkin 15.1 $47,444 214.6% 82.6 76.9
Yancey 20.3 $45,739 206.8% 78.2 78.6
North Carolina 17.4 $48,814 221.0% 77.9 77.3

1 The poverty rate is the number of people living below the federal poverty line as a percentage of the total population. Source: US Census Bureau.

2 The Living Income Standard (LIS) provides a conservative estimate of how much it truly costs a working family of four to make ends meet in the state. The LIS is an alternative to the federal poverty level due to its failure to capture the full range of factors contributing to economic hardship. Source: NC Budget and Tax Center. 2010 Living Income Standard for North Carolina.

3 The Federal poverty level (FPL) is the minimum amount of gross annual income that a family needs for food, clothing, transportation, shelter and other necessities. The FPL varies according to family size and is adjusted for inflation annually. Source: US Census Bureau.

4 The Graduation Rate is the share of students in a four-year cohort who completes high school in four years or less. Source: NC Department of Public Instruction.

5 Life Expectancy is the average number of additional years of life remaining at birth. Source: NC State Center for Health Statistics.