Wilson County, NC

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2022 Population
78,667
0.224% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.9
0.988% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.4%
7.9% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$49,827
5.24% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$153,800
18.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
34,334
0.713% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Wilson County, NC had a population of 78.7k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $49,827. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wilson County, NC declined from 78,844 to 78,667, a −0.224% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,348 to $49,827, a 5.24% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wilson County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (45.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (39.1%), Other (Hispanic) (7.22%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.57%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.89%).

None of the households in Wilson County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.7% of the residents in Wilson County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wilson County, NC are Wilson Community College (450 degrees awarded in 2022), Barton College (278 degrees), and Mitchells Academy (8 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Wilson County, NC was $153,800, and the homeownership rate was 59.5%.

Most people in Wilson County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Wilson County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Wilson County, NC is home to a population of 78.7k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.64% of Wilson County, NC residents were born outside of the country (4.44k people).

In 2022, there were 1.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (35.7k people) in Wilson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.68k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.7%
2022 Citizenship
96%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.7% of Wilson County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wilson County, NC was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wilson County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    35.7k ± 487
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    30.8k ± 367
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    5.68k ± 609
11.2%
Hispanic Population
8.79k people

In 2022, there were 1.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (35.7k people) in Wilson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 30.8k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.68k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.2% of the people in Wilson County, NC are hispanic (8.79k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Wilson County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.64%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
4.44k people
6.14%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.84k people

As of 2022, 5.64% of Wilson County, NC residents (4.44k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wilson County, NC was 6.14%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,355 ± 279
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    901 ± 239
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    818 ± 212

Wilson County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wilson County, NC employs 34.3k people. The largest industries in Wilson County, NC are Manufacturing (5,889 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,904 people), and Retail Trade (4,194 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($57,569), Finance & Insurance ($57,347), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,333).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

34.3k
2022 Value
± 1,478
0.713%
1 Year growth
± 6.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wilson County, NC grew at a rate of 0.713%, from 34.1k employees to 34.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wilson County, NC, are Management Occupations (3,630 people), Production Occupations (3,613 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,316 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wilson County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

34.3k
2022 Value
± 1,478
0.713%
1 Year growth
± 6.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wilson County, NC grew at a rate of 0.713%, from 34.1k employees to 34.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wilson County, NC, are Manufacturing (5,889 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,904 people), and Retail Trade (4,194 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wilson County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wilson County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$43,279
Median earning men ± $2,176
$31,632
Median earning women ± $2,120

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,607), Public Administration ($66,719), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,917).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($62,629), Public Administration ($51,172), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,389).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 710
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 406
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 394
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wilson County, NC went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 50.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.601%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Wilson County, NC awarded 736 degrees. The student population of Wilson County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,182 male students and 1,868 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wilson County, NC are White (355 and 49.1%), followed by Black or African American (229 and 31.7%), Hispanic or Latino (96 and 13.3%), and Unknown (19 and 2.63%).

The largest universities in Wilson County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wilson Community College (450 and 61.1%), Barton College (278 and 37.8%), and Mitchells Academy (8 and 1.09%).

The most popular majors in Wilson County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (142 and 19.3%), General Business Administration & Management (84 and 11.4%), and Registered Nursing (67 and 9.1%).

The median tuition cost in Wilson County, NC for private four year colleges is $34,400.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Wilson County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 94.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 14.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 3,050 (38.8% men and 61.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 3,050 students enrolled in Wilson County, NC, 38.8% men and 61.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,426 records, of which 58.2% were women and 41.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 132 degrees awarded
  2. 30 degrees awarded
  3. 12 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wilson County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 132 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Wilson County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 450 degrees awarded
  2. 278 degrees awarded
  3. 8 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wilson Community College with 450 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 261 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wilson County, NC, which is 0.549 times less than the 475 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 355 degrees mean that there were 1.55 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 229 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($34,400) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($184) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wilson County, NC was $153,800 in 2022, which is 0.546 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $130,000 to $153,800, a 18.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Wilson County, NC is 59.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wilson County, NC have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wilson County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wilson County, NC is $49,827. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Wilson County, NC was Census Tract 5.01 with a value of $100,000, followed by Census Tract 5.02 and Census Tract 10, with respective values of $75,685 and $62,794.

In 2022, 17.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wilson County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.22%.

Property

$153,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,350
$19,206
Median Property Taxes
±$1,015

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wilson County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

59.5%
Homeownership
2022
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 59.5% of the housing units in Wilson County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 5.01
  2. Census Tract 5.02
  3. Census Tract 10

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wilson County, NC was Census Tract 5.01 with a value of $100,000, followed by Census Tract 5.02 and Census Tract 10, with respective values of $75,685 and $62,794.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Wilson County, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$49,827
Median Household Income
± $2,161
32.3k
Number of Households
± 1,425

In 2022, the median household income of the 32.3k households in Wilson County, NC grew to $49,827 from the previous year's value of $47,348.

The following chart displays the households in Wilson County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wilson County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.23%)

In 2022, 83.1% of workers in Wilson County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.8%) and those who worked at home (5.23%).

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wilson County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.8% of the workforce in Wilson County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 17.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wilson County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.22%.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wilson County, NC (15.7k out of 77.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 75+.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wilson County, NC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 32.8% of the children was living in poverty in Wilson County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 403 in Wilson County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 19.6 per 100,000 population.

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Health

88% of the population of Wilson County, NC has health coverage, with 38.2% on employee plans, 22% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1.11% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wilson County, NC see 2272 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.97% increase from the previous year (2144 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2562 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 529 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.6% were men and 53.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,272 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wilson County, NC

Primary care physicians in Wilson County, NC see an average of 2,272 patients per year. This represents a 5.97% increase from the previous year (2,144 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wilson County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.4% under 18 years, 19% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.6% were men and 53.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

12%
Uninsured
38.2%
Employer Coverage
22%
Medicaid
13.2%
Medicare
13.5%
Non-Group
1.11%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wilson County, NC declined by 4.14% from 12.6% to 12%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 84.1 in Wilson County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38.9% in Wilson County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 16.1% in Wilson County, NC.

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