How are NC Counties Faring? Economic Data from 100 Counties

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The NC Budget and Tax Center's 2013-2014 County Economic Snapshot is a publication (released May 2015) 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.

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

The snapshots are a way for everyday North Carolinians, advocates, service providers and policymakers to track and evaluate important indicators of community well-being. In the past, our Economic Snapshots have been used in various ways among our partners and the public—to support grant applications, inform a blog post or newsletters on community issues or as content for a letter to the editor on how policy can address gaps in economic opportunity locally.

Click here for the document on state-level data.

County Change in employed persons since 2007 2013 Poverty Rate Graduation Rate Life Expectancy Average Median Hourly Wage Change 2009-2015
Alamance 6,515 19.8% 79.0% 77.5 0.2%
Alexander -805 14.0% 84.9% 77.8 -6.7%
Alleghany -583 21.2% 92.2% 80.0 13.5%
Anson 612 28.8% 79.0% 75.3 5.8%
Ashe -1,063 22.4% 86.6% 77.7 -6.7%
Avery -759 20.4% 95.0% 78.7 7.8%
Beaufort -1,752 20.5% 80.1% 76.7 4.4%
Bertie -512 26.6% 84.2% 77.0 21.8%
Bladen -1,600 27.1% 76.0% 75.8 5.1%
Brunswick -3,146 16.1% 82.1% 78.2 1.4%
Buncombe 7,093 15.7% 83.7% 79.2 -1.8%
Burke -340 20.6% 90.8% 76.7 -4.5%
Cabarrus 8,635 12.1% 87.5% 78.2 -2.7%
Caldwell -2,332 18.3% 90.9% 76.1 -7.2%
Camden -247 9.5% 80.3% 80.6 18.4%
Carteret -3,153 15.2% 87.9% 78.2 -3.0%
Caswell -1,071 25.5% 77.2% 76.3 11.0%
Catawba -1,761 16.5% 90.0% 77.0 -3.1%
Chatham -950 15.6% 82.2% 81.6 1.6%
Cherokee 651 22.5% 91.0% 76.2 1.8%
Chowan -1,382 22.2% 78.9% 77.9 -0.4%
Clay -884 19.3% 90.7% 78.0 -4.9%
Cleveland -4,443 19.6% 85.0% 75.0 0.3%
Columbus -2,573 25.3% 81.0% 74.0 4.8%
Craven -2,450 16.6% 85.5% 77.8 -3.8%
Cumberland -6,989 18.0% 81.2% 76.2 4.3%
Currituck -519 11.7% 86.2% 76.8 -5.2%
Dare -4,142 11.1% 93.3% 78.9 -3.6%
Davidson -891 19.3% 92.1% 76.6 -3.9%
Davie -886 13.9% 87.6% 78.8 -0.5%
Duplin 1,785 25.4% 78.1% 78.4 10.3%
Durham 12,440 17.0% 81.5% 79.9 -3.6%
Edgecombe -1,515 27.3% 77.6% 75.6 0.7%
Forsyth -475 20.5% 83.5% 78.1 -0.2%
Franklin 875 18.4% 84.5% 77.6 -1.7%
Gaston 2,209 19.2% 83.5% 75.7 1.5%
Gates 160 18.2% 82.9% 79.6 -6.3%
Graham -1,537 24.7% 81.6% 75.5 -10.6%
Granville 2,671 15.3% 79.0% 78.3 -5.9%
Greene 95 23.3% 87.3% 78.0 17.0%
Guilford 2,346 19.2% 88.5% 79.1 -1.2%
Halifax -3,674 31.6% 76.9% 74.3 -0.7%
Harnett -582 18.5% 79.3% 77.1 -3.2%
Haywood -198 20.4% 84.0% 78.5 4.3%
Henderson 623 15.5% 89.5% 79.3 -0.5%
Hertford -836 24.9% 76.0% 76.8 12.9%
Hoke -666 23.2% 70.8% 76.4 17.3%
Hyde -576 22.9% 81.8% 78.0 8.7%
Iredell -824 12.7% 89.3% 77.3 -1.6%
Jackson -4,448 24.2% 88.0% 78.6 -1.4%
Johnston 8,807 16.6% 85.4% 77.7 -4.2%
Jones -213 20.7% 83.1% 76.2 28.1%
Lee -2,476 17.9% 87.5% 77.1 -3.0%
Lenoir -394 21.7% 77.3% 75.7 8.3%
Lincoln 399 14.6% 87.9% 77.4 -0.6%
Macon -2,440 20.4% 88.2% 76.8 -2.6%
Madison -478 19.9% 80.4% 78.0 -8.2%
Martin -2,383 22.6% 77.4% 79.1 24.3%
McDowell -783 21.9% 77.0% 75.8 1.7%
Mecklenburg 73,958 15.5% 85.1% 80.4 2.2%
Mitchell -1,000 18.3% 78.9% 77.6 3.2%
Montgomery -304 22.1% 86.4% 77.1 -0.2%
Moore -149 14.3% 88.1% 79.9 -0.3%
Nash -3,296 16.6% 77.4% 76.5 2.7%
New Hanover 4,573 18.9% 81.4% 79.6 0.6%
Northampton -1,168 29.0% 70.7% 76.6 4.6%
Onslow 2,044 16.9% 89.2% 78.5 2.9%
Orange 4,447 15.5% 89.0% 81.7 9.7%
Pamlico -296 19.0% 87.2% 79.8 4.8%
Pasquotank -1,594 21.8% 84.9% 77.1 2.7%
Pender 1,187 18.3% 88.3% 78.4 -9.8%
Perquimans -310 20.9% 92.1% 78.3 17.8%
Person -721 18.4% 76.0% 77.2 6.4%
Pitt 4,768 25.4% 82.7% 78.0 2.6%
Polk -1,335 14.7% 82.9% 80.2 -4.1%
Randolph -7,356 19.8% 87.2% 77.1 -4.8%
Richmond -3,856 27.3% 79.2% 74.3 5.3%
Robeson -7,926 30.7% 85.0% 74.2 -4.5%
Rockingham -2,995 21.2% 75.5% 75.7 2.6%
Rowan -7,852 18.8% 80.9% 75.6 -2.0%
Rutherford -6,137 23.9% 78.6% 75.8 0.2%
Sampson -4,088 24.3% 81.2% 76.8 6.0%
Scotland -2,356 34.1% 78.3% 74.7 5.2%
Stanly -2,193 17.7% 81.2% 77.0 0.5%
Stokes -2,111 14.4% 86.2% 77.6 -2.7%
Surry -2,523 21.3% 87.8% 77.1 -4.6%
Swain -1,156 23.2% 84.2% 73.1 -3.3%
Transylvania -563 15.6% 79.9% 80.2 -1.3%
Tyrrell -816 27.2% 88.2% 77.3 -11.9%
Union 13,639 10.3% 92.6% 79.5 -4.7%
Vance -1,970 27.3% 73.2% 74.8 -1.6%
Wake 66,540 10.9% 82.9% 81.4 0.6%
Warren -765 27.2% 71.7% 78.8 13.9%
Washington -1,639 25.5% 83.0% 78.7 -1.0%
Watauga 1,385 27.3% 87.4% 81.6 -4.3%
Wayne -7 20.8% 79.5% 76.9 -0.1%
Wilkes -2,194 23.1% 88.7% 77.2 -6.3%
Wilson -4,312 20.9% 77.8% 77.0 -1.4%
Yadkin -1,480 18.9% 86.6% 77.2 0.5%
Yancey -667 21.3% 92.1% 77.0 -13.7%
North Carolina 83,593 17.8% 83.9% 78.3 6.3%1

1 Note that the above wage change for North Carolina as a whole is from 2010 to 2015 since 2009 data is not available at the state level.

Sources and notes: http://www.ncjustice.org/sites/default/files/BTC%20Brief%20County%20Economic%20Snapshot%202015_Data%20Notes%20and%20Sources.pdf