Caldwell County, NC

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2022 Population
80,716
0.0136% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
45.1
0.445% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.3%
1.11% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$52,362
7.85% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$158,300
16.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
36,435
1.43% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Caldwell County, NC had a population of 80.7k people with a median age of 45.1 and a median household income of $52,362. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Caldwell County, NC grew from 80,705 to 80,716, a 0.0136% increase and its median household income grew from $48,549 to $52,362, a 7.85% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Caldwell County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (86.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.24%), Other (Hispanic) (3.55%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.72%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.34%).

None of the households in Caldwell 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.

98% of the residents in Caldwell County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Caldwell County, NC are Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (1,292 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Caldwell County, NC was $158,300, and the homeownership rate was 74.6%.

Most people in Caldwell County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Caldwell County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Caldwell County, NC is home to a population of 80.7k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.98% of Caldwell County, NC residents were born outside of the country (2.4k people).

In 2022, there were 20.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.5k people) in Caldwell County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.42k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.86k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98%
2022 Citizenship
98.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98% of Caldwell County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Caldwell County, NC was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Caldwell County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    69.5k ± 134
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.42k ± 307
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    2.86k ± 531
6.15%
Hispanic Population
4.97k people

In 2022, there were 20.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.5k people) in Caldwell County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.42k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.86k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.15% of the people in Caldwell County, NC are hispanic (4.97k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Caldwell 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

2.98%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
2.4k people
3.03%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.44k people

As of 2022, 2.98% of Caldwell County, NC residents (2.4k 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 Caldwell County, NC was 3.03%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,936 ± 321
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    793 ± 238
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    470 ± 164

Caldwell County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Caldwell County, NC employs 36.4k people. The largest industries in Caldwell County, NC are Manufacturing (8,607 people), Retail Trade (4,265 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,253 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($59,555), Information ($57,850), and Utilities ($57,279).

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

36.4k
2022 Value
± 1,587
1.43%
1 Year growth
± 6.01%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Caldwell County, NC grew at a rate of 1.43%, from 35.9k employees to 36.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Caldwell County, NC, are Production Occupations (4,468 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,071 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,693 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Caldwell County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

36.4k
2022 Value
± 1,587
1.43%
1 Year growth
± 6.01%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Caldwell County, NC grew at a rate of 1.43%, from 35.9k employees to 36.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Caldwell County, NC, are Manufacturing (8,607 people), Retail Trade (4,265 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,253 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Caldwell County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Caldwell 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

$43,136
Median earning men ± $2,098
$32,112
Median earning women ± $1,438

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($61,563), Information ($59,600), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,955).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($44,750), Public Administration ($44,600), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,509).

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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. 508
    Manufacturing
  2. 359
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 292
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Caldwell County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 75% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (23.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.637%).

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 Caldwell County, NC awarded 1,292 degrees. The student population of Caldwell County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,487 male students and 2,216 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Caldwell County, NC are White (1,018 and 80%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (109 and 8.57%), Black or African American (58 and 4.56%), and Unknown (29 and 2.28%).

The largest universities in Caldwell County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (1,292 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Caldwell County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (365 and 28.3%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (181 and 14%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (120 and 9.29%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 3,703 students enrolled in Caldwell County, NC, 40.2% men and 59.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,878 records, of which 60.2% were women and 39.8% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Caldwell County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 365 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,292 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute with 1,292 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 483 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Caldwell County, NC, which is 0.597 times less than the 809 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 1,018 degrees mean that there were 9.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 109 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($105) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,900) 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.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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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).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Caldwell County, NC was $158,300 in 2022, which is 0.562 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $136,100 to $158,300, a 16.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Caldwell County, NC is 74.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Caldwell County, NC have an average commute time of 26.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Caldwell County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Caldwell County, NC is $52,362. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Caldwell County, NC was Census Tract 314.01 with a value of $78,125, followed by Census Tract 305 and Census Tract 306, with respective values of $72,851 and $60,710.

In 2022, 13.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Caldwell County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.592%.

Property

$158,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,297
$23,947
Median Property Taxes
±$1,126

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

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Caldwell County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

74.6%
Homeownership
2022
67.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 74.6% of the housing units in Caldwell County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 314.01
  2. Census Tract 305
  3. Census Tract 306

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Caldwell County, NC was Census Tract 314.01 with a value of $78,125, followed by Census Tract 305 and Census Tract 306, with respective values of $72,851 and $60,710.

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

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Household Income

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$52,362
Median Household Income
± $2,086
32.1k
Number of Households
± 1,452

In 2022, the median household income of the 32.1k households in Caldwell County, NC grew to $52,362 from the previous year's value of $48,549.

The following chart displays the households in Caldwell 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 Caldwell 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 (82.9%)
  2. Carpooled (9.23%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.37%)

In 2022, 82.9% of workers in Caldwell County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.23%) and those who worked at home (5.37%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

26.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Caldwell County, NC have a shorter commute time (26.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.08% of the workforce in Caldwell 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 Caldwell County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Caldwell County, NC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Caldwell County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.592%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Caldwell County, NC (10.6k out of 79.6k 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 Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Caldwell 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, 19.1% of the children was living in poverty in Caldwell County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 169 in Caldwell County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 6.63 per 100,000 population.

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Health

88.7% of the population of Caldwell County, NC has health coverage, with 39.5% on employee plans, 18.6% on Medicaid, 17.2% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 2.41% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Caldwell County, NC see 2221 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.87% increase from the previous year (2159 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3284 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1303 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,221 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Caldwell County, NC

Primary care physicians in Caldwell County, NC see an average of 2,221 patients per year. This represents a 2.87% increase from the previous year (2,159 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Caldwell 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 21.4% under 18 years, 17.9% between 18 and 34 years, 40.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.3%
Uninsured
39.5%
Employer Coverage
18.6%
Medicaid
17.2%
Medicare
11.1%
Non-Group
2.41%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Caldwell County, NC declined by 0.274% from 11.3% to 11.3%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 63.8 in Caldwell 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 35.6% in Caldwell 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 15.3% in Caldwell County, NC.

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