Lee County, NC

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Population
60,125
0.535% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
Median Age
38.2

Poverty Rate
16.1%

Median Household Income
$48,873
0.81% 1-year decline
Median Property Value
$138,300
0.0723% 1-year decline
Number of Employees
26,541
1.64% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Lee County, NC had a population of 60.1k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $48,873. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Lee County, NC grew from 59,805 to 60,125, a 0.535% increase and its median household income declined from $49,272 to $48,873, a -0.81% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (58%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (19.4%), White (Hispanic) (15.3%), Other (Hispanic) (2.71%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.38%). NaNk% of the people in Lee County, NC speak a non-English language, and 93.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lee County, NC are Central Carolina Community College (1,185 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Lee County, NC is $138,300, and the homeownership rate is 66.6%. Most people in Lee County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, NC is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 54.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (41.7%), followed by Other (3.6%). The most partisan county was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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.

Lee County, NC is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for North Carolina
54.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in North Carolina
  1. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 77.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in North Carolina was Graham County, NC with 78.8% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in North Carolina colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from North Carolina

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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 13 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 Lee County, NC have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Lee County, NC is home to a population of 60.1k people, from which 93.5% are citizens. As of 2018, 10.3% of Lee County, NC residents were born outside of the country (6.22k people).

In 2018, there were 3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.9k people) in Lee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.22k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    34.9k ± 80
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    11.6k ± 217
  3. White (Hispanic)
    9.22k ± 567
19.2%
Hispanic Population
11.6k people

In 2018, there were 3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.9k people) in Lee County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 9.22k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

19.2% of the people in Lee County, NC are hispanic (11.6k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lee County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
6.22k people
10.7%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
6.41k people

As of 2018, 10.3% of Lee County, NC residents (6.22k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, NC was 10.7%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Lee County, NC was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Lee County, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Lee County, NC residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    242,756 ± 11,950 people
  2. India
    60,392 ± 6,015 people
  3. Honduras
    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

93.5%
2018 Citizenship
93%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 93.5% of Lee County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, NC was 93%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,306 ± 179
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    810 ± 182
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    607 ± 165

Lee County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Lee County, NC is $48,873. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, NC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $88,867, followed by Census Tract 306.02 and Census Tract 301.02, with respective values of $70,639 and $69,512.

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Lee County, NC employs 26.5k people. The largest industries in Lee County, NC are Manufacturing (6,118 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,138 people), and Retail Trade (2,846 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($52,152), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($48,611), and Public Administration ($48,418).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,873
2018 value
± $2,218
-0.81%
1 Year Growth
± 7.1%

Households in Lee County, NC have a median annual income of $48,873, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,272 in 2017, which represents a -0.81% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Lee County, NC compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982
Average Male Salary in North Carolina
± $1,136
$44,729
Average Female Salary in North Carolina
± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in North Carolina
  1. Asian
    $59,267 ± $4,472
  2. White
    $49,962 ± $811
  3. Two or More Races
    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in North Carolina.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.473
2017 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.471
2016 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 306.01
  2. Census Tract 306.02
  3. Census Tract 301.02

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, NC was Census Tract 306.01 with a value of $88,867, followed by Census Tract 306.02 and Census Tract 301.02, with respective values of $70,639 and $69,512.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, NC (9.54k out of 59.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    5,889 ± 528
  2. Hispanic
    2,983 ± 406
  3. Black
    2,744 ± 381

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

26.5k
2018 Value
± 1,140
-1.64%
1 Year decline
± 6.21%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lee County, NC declined at a rate of -1.64%, from 27k employees to 26.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, NC, are Production Occupations (3,759 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,856 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,622 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lee County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,759 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,856 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,622 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.47 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.6 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, NC, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($85,764), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,648), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,441).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

26.5k
2018 Value
± 1,140
-1.64%
1 Year decline
± 6.21%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Lee County, NC declined at a rate of -1.64%, from 27k employees to 26.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, NC, are Manufacturing (6,118 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,138 people), and Retail Trade (2,846 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Lee County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lee County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (6,118 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,138 people), and Retail Trade (2,846 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.29 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.61 times), and Construction (1.12 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lee County, NC, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($52,152), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($48,611), and Public Administration ($48,418).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $50.4B
  2. $35.3B
  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B
2015 Value in North Carolina
$632B
Projected 2045 Value in North Carolina
55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $25.6B
  2. $25.4B
  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Lee County, NC awarded 1,185 degrees. The student population of Lee County, NC is skewed towards women, with 1,915 male students and 3,272 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lee County, NC are White (693 and 59%), followed by Black or African American (258 and 22%), Hispanic or Latino (146 and 12.4%), and Two or More Races (27 and 2.3%).

The largest universities in Lee County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Central Carolina Community College (1,185 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lee County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (202 and 17%), Welding Technology (70 and 5.91%), and Early Childhood Education & Teaching (61 and 5.15%).

The median tuition costs in Lee County, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 202 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 38 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 32 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lee County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 202 degree-majorss awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,185 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Lee County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Carolina Community College with 1,185 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

540
Degrees Awarded to Men
645
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 540 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lee County, NC, which is 0.837 times less than the 645 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Lee County, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    693 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    258 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    146 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lee County, NC were to White students. These 693 degrees mean that there were 2.69 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 258 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, NC was $138,300 in 2018, which is 0.602 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $138,400 to $138,300, a 0.0723% decrease. The homeownership rate in Lee County, NC is 66.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lee County, NC have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lee County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$138,300
2018 Median
± $4,399
$138,400
2017 Median
± $4,957

In 2018, the median property value in Lee County, NC declined from to $138,300 from the previous year's value of $138,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lee County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

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$48,873
Median Household Income
± $2,218
21.7k
Number of Households
± 964

In 2018, the median household income of the 21.7k households in Lee County, NC declined from $48,873 from the previous year's value of $49,272.

The following chart displays the households in Lee 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lee County, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.6%
2018 Homeownership
67.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 66.6% of the housing units in Lee County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lee County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, NC have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.32% of the workforce in Lee County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    83.5%
  2. Carpooled
    11.9%
  3. Worked At Home
    2.67%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Lee County, NC was Drove Alone (83.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.9%) and those who Worked At Home (2.67%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lee County, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

85.9% of the population of Lee County, NC has health coverage, with 36.8% on employee plans, 20.9% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 2.7% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Lee County, NC see 1808 patients per year on average, which represents a 3% decrease from the previous year (1864 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1923 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 621 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,808 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, NC

Primary care physicians in Lee County, NC see an average of 1,808 patients per year. This represents a 3% decrease from the previous year (1,864 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lee County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for North Carolina.
$7,264
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in North Carolina
$3,859
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,225
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,260
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

14.1%
Uninsured
36.8%
Employer Coverage
20.9%
Medicaid
11.1%
Medicare
14.4%
Non-Group
2.7%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, NC declined by 4.62% from 14.8% to 14.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lee County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 16.2% prevalence
  2. 16.1% prevalence
  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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