Mecklenburg County, NC

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2022 Population
1.12M
1.31% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
35.4
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
10.5%
0.214% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$79,265
8.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$334,700
21.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
603,786
2.15% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Mecklenburg County, NC had a population of 1.12M people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $79,265. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Mecklenburg County, NC grew from 1.1M to 1.12M, a 1.31% increase and its median household income grew from $73,124 to $79,265, a 8.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mecklenburg County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (45.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (30.9%), Other (Hispanic) (6.47%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.17%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (3.55%).

None of the households in Mecklenburg 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.

90.3% of the residents in Mecklenburg County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mecklenburg County, NC are University of North Carolina at Charlotte (8,666 degrees awarded in 2022), Central Piedmont Community College (4,083 degrees), and Queens University of Charlotte (672 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Mecklenburg County, NC was $334,700, and the homeownership rate was 55.9%.

Most people in Mecklenburg County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Mecklenburg County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Mecklenburg County, NC is home to a population of 1.12M people, from which 90.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 15.9% of Mecklenburg County, NC residents were born outside of the country (177k people).

In 2022, there were 1.46 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (503k people) in Mecklenburg County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 344k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 72.1k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

90.3%
2022 Citizenship
90.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 90.3% of Mecklenburg County, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Mecklenburg County, NC was 90.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mecklenburg County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    503k ± 973
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    344k ± 2.89k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    72.1k ± 3.93k
13.9%
Hispanic Population
155k people

In 2022, there were 1.46 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (503k people) in Mecklenburg County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 344k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 72.1k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.9% of the people in Mecklenburg County, NC are hispanic (155k people).

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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

15.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
177k people
16%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
176k people

As of 2022, 15.9% of Mecklenburg County, NC residents (177k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mecklenburg County, NC was 16%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    12,779 ± 984
  2. Vietnam
    12,416 ± 730
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    9,168 ± 808

Mecklenburg County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Mecklenburg County, NC employs 604k people. The largest industries in Mecklenburg County, NC are Finance & Insurance (70,491 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (68,578 people), and Retail Trade (62,835 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($113,672), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($105,893), and Utilities ($99,864).

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

604k
2022 Value
± 6,954
2.15%
1 Year growth
± 1.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mecklenburg County, NC grew at a rate of 2.15%, from 591k employees to 604k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mecklenburg County, NC, are Management Occupations (83,413 people), Sales & Related Occupations (66,448 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (62,559 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mecklenburg County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

604k
2022 Value
± 6,954
2.15%
1 Year growth
± 1.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mecklenburg County, NC grew at a rate of 2.15%, from 591k employees to 604k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mecklenburg County, NC, are Finance & Insurance (70,491 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (68,578 people), and Retail Trade (62,835 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mecklenburg County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Mecklenburg 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

$57,092
Median earning men ± $1,054
$43,110
Median earning women ± $716

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($109,396), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($82,143), and Information ($73,750).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,259), Public Administration ($54,284), and Wholesale Trade ($51,278).

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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%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 11,647
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 9,268
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 8,732
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mecklenburg County, NC went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 66.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (31.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.957%).

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 Mecklenburg County, NC awarded 15,299 degrees. The student population of Mecklenburg County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 24,722 male students and 29,862 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mecklenburg County, NC are White (7,802 and 54.5%), followed by Black or African American (2,922 and 20.4%), Hispanic or Latino (1,619 and 11.3%), and Asian (935 and 6.53%).

The largest universities in Mecklenburg County, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Charlotte (8,666 and 56.6%), Central Piedmont Community College (4,083 and 26.7%), and Queens University of Charlotte (672 and 4.39%).

The most popular majors in Mecklenburg County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,510 and 9.87%), Computer Science (818 and 5.35%), and General Business Administration & Management (759 and 4.96%).

The median tuition costs in Mecklenburg County, NC are $37,896 for private four year colleges, and $9,181 and $16,243 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Mecklenburg County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 64.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 54,584 (45.3% men and 54.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 54,584 students enrolled in Mecklenburg County, NC, 45.3% men and 54.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 24,864 records, of which 51.5% were women and 48.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 627 degrees awarded
  2. 481 degrees awarded
  3. 399 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mecklenburg County, NC was Computer Science with 627 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 8,666 degrees awarded
  2. 4,083 degrees awarded
  3. 672 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Charlotte with 8,666 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 6,534 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mecklenburg County, NC, which is 0.745 times less than the 8,765 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 7,802 degrees mean that there were 2.67 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,922 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 ($37,896) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,516) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,870) 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 Mecklenburg County, NC was $334,700 in 2022, which is 1.19 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $276,200 to $334,700, a 21.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Mecklenburg County, NC is 55.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Mecklenburg County, NC have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Mecklenburg County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Mecklenburg County, NC is $79,265. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Mecklenburg County, NC was Census Tract 27.02 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 28 and Census Tract 27.01, with respective values of $250,001 and $236,115.

In 2022, 15.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Mecklenburg County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.783%.

Property

$334,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,601
$249,519
Median Property Taxes
±$3,817

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 Mecklenburg County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

55.9%
Homeownership
2022
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 55.9% of the housing units in Mecklenburg County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 56.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 27.02
  2. Census Tract 28
  3. Census Tract 27.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mecklenburg County, NC was Census Tract 27.02 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 28 and Census Tract 27.01, with respective values of $250,001 and $236,115.

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

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Household Income

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$79,265
Median Household Income
± $1,263
447k
Number of Households
± 5,742

In 2022, the median household income of the 447k households in Mecklenburg County, NC grew to $79,265 from the previous year's value of $73,124.

The following chart displays the households in Mecklenburg 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 $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mecklenburg 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 (65.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (21.5%)
  3. Carpooled (7.77%)

In 2022, 65.5% of workers in Mecklenburg County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (21.5%) and those who carpooled to work (7.77%).

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mecklenburg County, NC have a shorter commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.99% of the workforce in Mecklenburg 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, 15.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Mecklenburg County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.783%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mecklenburg County, NC (116k out of 1.1M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mecklenburg 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, 16.3% of the children was living in poverty in Mecklenburg County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 584 in Mecklenburg County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 2.46 per 100,000 population.

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Health

88.5% of the population of Mecklenburg County, NC has health coverage, with 54.1% on employee plans, 12.6% on Medicaid, 8.76% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Mecklenburg County, NC see 1126 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.705% decrease from the previous year (1134 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1427 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 301 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.6% were men and 52.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,126 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mecklenburg County, NC

Primary care physicians in Mecklenburg County, NC see an average of 1,126 patients per year. This represents a 0.705% decrease from the previous year (1,134 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.5% under 18 years, 25% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.6% were men and 52.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.5%
Uninsured
54.1%
Employer Coverage
12.6%
Medicaid
8.76%
Medicare
11.8%
Non-Group
1.27%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mecklenburg County, NC declined by 1.21% from 11.6% to 11.5%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 49.1 in Mecklenburg County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

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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 28.7% in Mecklenburg County, NC.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 13.2% in Mecklenburg County, NC.

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