Wayne County, NC

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2022 Population
117,480
0.18% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.5
0.266% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
17.9%
3.57% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$54,323
9.77% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$152,300
15.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
50,428
1.66% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Wayne County, NC had a population of 117k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $54,323. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wayne County, NC declined from 117,692 to 117,480, a −0.18% decrease and its median household income grew from $49,488 to $54,323, a 9.77% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wayne County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (51.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (30.5%), White (Hispanic) (5.79%), Two+ (Hispanic) (4.31%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.59%).

None of the households in Wayne 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.

95% of the residents in Wayne County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wayne County, NC are Wayne Community College (1,488 degrees awarded in 2022) and University of Mount Olive (649 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Wayne County, NC was $152,300, and the homeownership rate was 61.3%.

Most people in Wayne County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Wayne County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Wayne County, NC is home to a population of 117k people, from which 95% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.07% of Wayne County, NC residents were born outside of the country (8.31k people).

In 2022, there were 1.69 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (60.7k people) in Wayne County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.81k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95%
2022 Citizenship
95%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95% of Wayne County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wayne County, NC was 95%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wayne County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    60.7k ± 284
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    35.9k ± 575
  3. White (Hispanic)
    6.81k ± 939
12.7%
Hispanic Population
14.9k people

In 2022, there were 1.69 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (60.7k people) in Wayne County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.81k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12.7% of the people in Wayne County, NC are hispanic (14.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Wayne 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

7.07%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
8.31k people
6.91%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
8.13k people

As of 2022, 7.07% of Wayne County, NC residents (8.31k 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 Wayne County, NC was 6.91%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,503 ± 618
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,416 ± 419
  3. Vietnam
    2,380 ± 322

Wayne County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wayne County, NC employs 50.4k people. The largest industries in Wayne County, NC are Manufacturing (7,369 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,031 people), and Retail Trade (6,590 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($128,174), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,292), and Public Administration ($48,904).

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

50.4k
2022 Value
± 1,940
−1.66%
1 Year decline
± 5.53%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wayne County, NC declined at a rate of −1.66%, from 51.3k employees to 50.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wayne County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,034 people), Production Occupations (4,935 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,818 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wayne County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

50.4k
2022 Value
± 1,940
−1.66%
1 Year decline
± 5.53%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wayne County, NC declined at a rate of −1.66%, from 51.3k employees to 50.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wayne County, NC, are Manufacturing (7,369 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,031 people), and Retail Trade (6,590 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wayne County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wayne 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

$41,943
Median earning men ± $2,480
$30,040
Median earning women ± $1,962

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,488), Information ($54,635), and Public Administration ($51,646).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,893), Construction ($45,278), and Information ($45,208).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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. 816
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 558
    Retail Trade
  3. 500
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wayne County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 55.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.681%).

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.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Wayne County, NC awarded 2,137 degrees. The student population of Wayne County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,754 male students and 3,217 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wayne County, NC are White (1,218 and 58.5%), followed by Black or African American (414 and 19.9%), Hispanic or Latino (318 and 15.3%), and Two or More Races (64 and 3.07%).

The largest universities in Wayne County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wayne Community College (1,488 and 69.6%) and University of Mount Olive (649 and 30.4%).

The most popular majors in Wayne County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (253 and 11.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (250 and 11.7%), and Information Technology (184 and 8.61%).

The median tuition cost in Wayne County, NC for private four year colleges is $22,591.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Wayne County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 19.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 4,971 (35.3% men and 64.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 4,971 students enrolled in Wayne County, NC, 35.3% men and 64.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,650 records, of which 63.3% were women and 36.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 250 degrees awarded
  2. 36 degrees awarded
  3. 34 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wayne County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 250 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,488 degrees awarded
  2. 649 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wayne Community College with 1,488 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 929 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wayne County, NC, which is 0.769 times less than the 1,208 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 1,218 degrees mean that there were 2.94 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 414 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 ($22,591) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,000) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,600) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

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 Wayne County, NC was $152,300 in 2022, which is 0.54 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $131,400 to $152,300, a 15.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Wayne County, NC is 61.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wayne County, NC have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wayne County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wayne County, NC is $54,323. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Wayne County, NC was Census Tract 4.01 with a value of $83,150, followed by Census Tract 3.03 and Census Tract 1.02, with respective values of $79,187 and $78,203.

In 2022, 15.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wayne County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.767%.

Property

$152,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,401
$28,798
Median Property Taxes
±$1,340

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 Wayne County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.3%
Homeownership
2022
65.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 61.3% of the housing units in Wayne County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4.01
  2. Census Tract 3.03
  3. Census Tract 1.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wayne County, NC was Census Tract 4.01 with a value of $83,150, followed by Census Tract 3.03 and Census Tract 1.02, with respective values of $79,187 and $78,203.

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

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Household Income

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$54,323
Median Household Income
± $2,745
46.9k
Number of Households
± 1,816

In 2022, the median household income of the 46.9k households in Wayne County, NC grew to $54,323 from the previous year's value of $49,488.

The following chart displays the households in Wayne 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 Wayne 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 (81.8%)
  2. Carpooled (12.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.77%)

In 2022, 81.8% of workers in Wayne County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.4%) and those who worked at home (3.77%).

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wayne County, NC have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2% of the workforce in Wayne County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Wayne County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wayne County, NC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wayne County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.767%.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wayne County, NC (20.6k out of 115k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wayne County, NC is White, followed by Black 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, 23.2% of the children was living in poverty in Wayne County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 11.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 407 in Wayne County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 56.2 per 100,000 population.

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Health

87.8% of the population of Wayne County, NC has health coverage, with 32.2% on employee plans, 22.5% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 16.2% on non-group plans, and 6.38% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wayne County, NC see 2087 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0957% decrease from the previous year (2089 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1771 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 451 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,087 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wayne County, NC

Primary care physicians in Wayne County, NC see an average of 2,087 patients per year. This represents a 0.0957% decrease from the previous year (2,089 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wayne 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 25.8% under 18 years, 20.2% between 18 and 34 years, 37% between 35 and 64 years, and 17% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.2%
Uninsured
32.2%
Employer Coverage
22.5%
Medicaid
10.6%
Medicare
16.2%
Non-Group
6.38%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wayne County, NC declined by 1.31% from 12.3% to 12.2%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 75.4 in Wayne 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 35.1% in Wayne County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 15.4% in Wayne County, NC.

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