Avery County, NC

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2022 Population
17,679
0.383% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
46.5
2.2% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.2%
15.6% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$53,513
15.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$215,900
26.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
6,698
1.3% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Avery County, NC had a population of 17.7k people with a median age of 46.5 and a median household income of $53,513. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Avery County, NC declined from 17,747 to 17,679, a −0.383% decrease and its median household income grew from $46,383 to $53,513, a 15.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Avery County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.64%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.42%), Other (Hispanic) (2.08%), and White (Hispanic) (1.75%).

None of the households in Avery 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.

97.4% of the residents in Avery County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Avery County, NC are Lees-McRae College (233 degrees awarded in 2022) and Mayland Community College (177 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Avery County, NC was $215,900, and the homeownership rate was 78.6%.

Most people in Avery County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Avery County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Avery County, NC is home to a population of 17.7k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.69% of Avery County, NC residents were born outside of the country (652 people).

In 2022, there were 24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.5k people) in Avery County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 644 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 428 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.4% of Avery County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Avery County, NC was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Avery County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    15.5k ± 173
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    644 ± 143
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    428 ± 209
5.11%
Hispanic Population
904 people

In 2022, there were 24 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15.5k people) in Avery County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 644 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 428 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.11% of the people in Avery County, NC are hispanic (904 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

3.69%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
652 people
3.09%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
548 people

As of 2022, 3.69% of Avery County, NC residents (652 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 Avery County, NC was 3.09%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    407 ± 123
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    171 ± 74
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    110 ± 69

Avery County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Avery County, NC employs 6.7k people. The largest industries in Avery County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (884 people), Educational Services (789 people), and Construction (702 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($122,719), Information ($94,474), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,583).

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

6.7k
2022 Value
± 576
−1.3%
1 Year decline
± 12.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Avery County, NC declined at a rate of −1.3%, from 6.79k employees to 6.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Avery County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (781 people), Sales & Related Occupations (674 people), and Management Occupations (669 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Avery County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.7k
2022 Value
± 576
−1.3%
1 Year decline
± 12.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Avery County, NC declined at a rate of −1.3%, from 6.79k employees to 6.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Avery County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (884 people), Educational Services (789 people), and Construction (702 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Avery County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Avery 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

$39,671
Median earning men ± $2,828
$28,347
Median earning women ± $3,721

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($93,947), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,250), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,011).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($44,521), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($42,300), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($37,417).

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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. 117
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 108
    Retail Trade
  3. 104
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Avery County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 75.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (23.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.592%).

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 Avery County, NC awarded 410 degrees. The student population of Avery County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 635 male students and 1,003 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Avery County, NC are White (332 and 83.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (25 and 6.27%), Unknown (21 and 5.26%), and Black or African American (14 and 3.51%).

The largest universities in Avery County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Lees-McRae College (233 and 56.8%) and Mayland Community College (177 and 43.2%).

The most popular majors in Avery County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (46 and 11.2%), General Business Administration & Management (42 and 10.2%), and Wildlife Biology (33 and 8.05%).

The median tuition cost in Avery County, NC for private four year colleges is $26,490.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Avery County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 61.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 19.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,638 (38.8% men and 61.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,638 students enrolled in Avery County, NC, 38.8% men and 61.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,321 records, of which 61% were women and 39% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 35 degrees awarded
  2. 33 degrees awarded
  3. 29 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Avery County, NC was General Business Administration & Management with 35 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 233 degrees awarded
  2. 177 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lees-McRae College with 233 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 161 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Avery County, NC, which is 0.647 times less than the 249 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 332 degrees mean that there were 13.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 25 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 ($26,490) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,950) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,194) 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 Avery County, NC was $215,900 in 2022, which is 0.766 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $171,200 to $215,900, a 26.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Avery County, NC is 78.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Avery County, NC have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Avery County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Avery County, NC is $53,513. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Avery County, NC was Census Tract 9302 with a value of $57,907, followed by Census Tract 9304 and Census Tract 9303.02, with respective values of $57,329 and $49,792.

In 2022, 14.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Avery County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.77%.

Property

$215,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$23,535
$5,091
Median Property Taxes
±$434

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

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Rent vs Own

78.6%
Homeownership
2022
71.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 78.6% of the housing units in Avery County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 79.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9302
  2. Census Tract 9304
  3. Census Tract 9303.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Avery County, NC was Census Tract 9302 with a value of $57,907, followed by Census Tract 9304 and Census Tract 9303.02, with respective values of $57,329 and $49,792.

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

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Household Income

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$53,513
Median Household Income
± $4,190
6.48k
Number of Households
± 510

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.48k households in Avery County, NC grew to $53,513 from the previous year's value of $46,383.

The following chart displays the households in Avery 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 Avery 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 (80.2%)
  2. Carpooled (7.65%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.23%)

In 2022, 80.2% of workers in Avery County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.65%) and those who worked at home (7.23%).

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Avery County, NC have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.903% of the workforce in Avery 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, 14.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Avery County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.77%.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Avery County, NC (1.65k out of 14.7k 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 Males 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

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, 23.8% of the children was living in poverty in Avery County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 174 in Avery County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 47.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

85.4% of the population of Avery County, NC has health coverage, with 31.4% on employee plans, 13.5% on Medicaid, 20% on Medicare, 17.4% on non-group plans, and 3.1% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Avery County, NC see 3511 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.286% increase from the previous year (3501 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2928 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 220 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.4% were men and 52.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,511 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Avery County, NC

Primary care physicians in Avery County, NC see an average of 3,511 patients per year. This represents a 0.286% increase from the previous year (3,501 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Avery 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 17.6% under 18 years, 19.2% between 18 and 34 years, 37.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 25.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.4% were men and 52.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

14.6%
Uninsured
31.4%
Employer Coverage
13.5%
Medicaid
20%
Medicare
17.4%
Non-Group
3.1%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Avery County, NC declined by 7.9% from 15.9% to 14.6%.

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Health Outcomes

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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% in Avery County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 19.2% in Avery County, NC.

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