Catawba County, NC

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2022 Population
161,011
0.725% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.5
0.48% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13%
1.76% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$62,070
7.31% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$194,000
18.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
75,895
0.93% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Catawba County, NC had a population of 161k people with a median age of 41.5 and a median household income of $62,070. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Catawba County, NC grew from 159,852 to 161,011, a 0.725% increase and its median household income grew from $57,840 to $62,070, a 7.31% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Catawba County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.06%), Other (Hispanic) (4.16%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.08%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.62%).

None of the households in Catawba 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% of the residents in Catawba County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Catawba County, NC are Catawba Valley Community College (1,765 degrees awarded in 2022) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (607 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Catawba County, NC was $194,000, and the homeownership rate was 71%.

Most people in Catawba County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Catawba County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Catawba County, NC is home to a population of 161k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.87% of Catawba County, NC residents were born outside of the country (11.1k people).

In 2022, there were 9.12 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (118k people) in Catawba County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.7k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96%
2022 Citizenship
96%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96% of Catawba County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Catawba 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 Catawba County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    118k ± 552
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    13k ± 633
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    6.7k ± 923
10.4%
Hispanic Population
16.7k people

In 2022, there were 9.12 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (118k people) in Catawba County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 13k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.7k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

10.4% of the people in Catawba County, NC are hispanic (16.7k 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

6.87%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
11.1k people
6.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
10.9k people

As of 2022, 6.87% of Catawba County, NC residents (11.1k 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 Catawba County, NC was 6.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,068 ± 330
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,088 ± 378
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,338 ± 306

Catawba County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Catawba County, NC employs 75.9k people. The largest industries in Catawba County, NC are Manufacturing (20,538 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,887 people), and Retail Trade (8,526 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($89,679), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,952), and Finance & Insurance ($61,914).

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

75.9k
2022 Value
± 2,312
0.93%
1 Year growth
± 4.25%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Catawba County, NC grew at a rate of 0.93%, from 75.2k employees to 75.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Catawba County, NC, are Production Occupations (12,366 people), Management Occupations (8,515 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,783 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Catawba County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

75.9k
2022 Value
± 2,312
0.93%
1 Year growth
± 4.25%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Catawba County, NC grew at a rate of 0.93%, from 75.2k employees to 75.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Catawba County, NC, are Manufacturing (20,538 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,887 people), and Retail Trade (8,526 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Catawba County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Catawba 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

$45,067
Median earning men ± $1,191
$34,272
Median earning women ± $1,520

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($63,864), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($56,957), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,870).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,857), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,090), and Public Administration ($55,625).

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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. 1,553
    Manufacturing
  2. 1,433
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 954
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Catawba County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 67.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (30.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.782%).

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 Catawba County, NC awarded 2,372 degrees. The student population of Catawba County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,691 male students and 3,835 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Catawba County, NC are White (1,643 and 70.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (260 and 11.2%), Asian (165 and 7.1%), and Black or African American (142 and 6.11%).

The largest universities in Catawba County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Catawba Valley Community College (1,765 and 74.4%) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (607 and 25.6%).

The most popular majors in Catawba County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (597 and 25.2%), General Business Administration & Management (262 and 11%), and Registered Nursing (135 and 5.69%).

The median tuition cost in Catawba County, NC for private four year colleges is $43,000.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Catawba County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 82.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 8.74%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,526 (41.2% men and 58.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,526 students enrolled in Catawba County, NC, 41.2% men and 58.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,247 records, of which 59.4% were women and 40.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 79 degrees awarded
  2. 33 degrees awarded
  3. 597 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Catawba County, NC was Registered Nursing with 79 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,765 degrees awarded
  2. 607 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Catawba Valley Community College with 1,765 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,031 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Catawba County, NC, which is 0.769 times less than the 1,341 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 1,643 degrees mean that there were 6.32 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 260 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 ($43,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($239) 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.

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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 Catawba County, NC was $194,000 in 2022, which is 0.688 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $163,100 to $194,000, a 18.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Catawba County, NC is 71%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Catawba County, NC have an average commute time of 22.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Catawba County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Catawba County, NC is $62,070. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Catawba County, NC was Census Tract 105.02 with a value of $117,981, followed by Census Tract 115.03 and Census Tract 105.01, with respective values of $97,531 and $82,472.

In 2022, 12.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Catawba County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0105%.

Property

$194,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,104
$45,783
Median Property Taxes
±$1,642

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 Catawba County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

71%
Homeownership
2022
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 71% of the housing units in Catawba County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 105.02
  2. Census Tract 115.03
  3. Census Tract 105.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Catawba County, NC was Census Tract 105.02 with a value of $117,981, followed by Census Tract 115.03 and Census Tract 105.01, with respective values of $97,531 and $82,472.

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

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Household Income

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$62,070
Median Household Income
± $1,942
64.4k
Number of Households
± 2,142

In 2022, the median household income of the 64.4k households in Catawba County, NC grew to $62,070 from the previous year's value of $57,840.

The following chart displays the households in Catawba 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 Catawba 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 (80.9%)
  2. Carpooled (9.72%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.39%)

In 2022, 80.9% of workers in Catawba County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.72%) and those who worked at home (6.39%).

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Commute Time

22.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Catawba County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.87% of the workforce in Catawba 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, 12.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Catawba County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.0105%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Catawba County, NC (20.6k out of 158k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 17.2% of the children was living in poverty in Catawba County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 11.7%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 267 in Catawba County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 74 per 100,000 population.

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Health

88.2% of the population of Catawba County, NC has health coverage, with 44.3% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.45% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Catawba County, NC see 1520 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.393% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1687 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 422 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,520 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Catawba County, NC

Primary care physicians in Catawba County, NC see an average of 1,520 patients per year. This represents a 0.393% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.2% under 18 years, 19.3% between 18 and 34 years, 39.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 18% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.8%
Uninsured
44.3%
Employer Coverage
15.8%
Medicaid
14.3%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
1.45%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Catawba County, NC grew by 1.33% from 11.7% to 11.8%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 43.4 in Catawba 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 35.7% in Catawba 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 Catawba County, NC.

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