Bladen County, NC

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Population

34,130

0.94% decline

Median Age

42.8


Median Household Income

$32,396

6.54% growth

Poverty Rate

24.5%


Number of Employees

13,263

4.83% growth

Median Property Value

$89,500

4.43% growth

About

In 2017, Bladen County, NC had a population of 34.1k people with a median age of 42.8 and a median household income of $32,396. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bladen County, NC declined from 34,454 to 34,130, a -0.94% decrease and its median household income grew from $30,408 to $32,396, a 6.54% increase.

The population of Bladen County, NC is 54.2% White Alone, 34.4% Black or African American Alone, and 7.55% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Bladen County, NC speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bladen County, NC are Bladen Community College (276 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Bladen County, NC is $89,500, and the homeownership rate is 68.9%. Most people in Bladen County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24 minutes. The average car ownership in Bladen County, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Bladen County, NC employs 13.3k people. The largest industries in Bladen County, NC are Manufacturing (2,346 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,094 people), and Retail Trade (1,469 people), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,788), Utilities ($52,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,549).

Median household income in Bladen County, NC is $32,396. Males in Bladen County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Bladen County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,396

2017 value

± $2,931

6.54%

1 Year Growth

± 9.94%

Households in Bladen County, NC have a median annual income of $32,396, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $30,408 in 2016, which represents a 6.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

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

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bladen County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

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 2017 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 9501

  2. Census Tract 9505

  3. Census Tract 9502

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bladen County, NC was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $40,448, followed by Census Tract 9505 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $38,808 and $32,425.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

24.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bladen County, NC (8.27k out of 33.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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. Black

    4,346 ± 492

  2. White

    2,810 ± 383

  3. Hispanic

    1,128 ± 246

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bladen County, NC is Black, followed by White 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

13.3k

2017 Value

± 898

4.83%

1 Year growth

± 9.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bladen County, NC grew at a rate of 4.83%, from 12.7k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bladen County, NC, are Production Occupations (1,434 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,274 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,240 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bladen County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bladen County, NC, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,434 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,274 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,240 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bladen County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6.64 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (2.26 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.05 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bladen County, NC, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($110,679), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,866), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($50,596).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.3k

2017 Value

± 898

4.83%

1 Year growth

± 9.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bladen County, NC grew at a rate of 4.83%, from 12.7k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bladen County, NC, are Manufacturing (2,346 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,094 people), and Retail Trade (1,469 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bladen County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Bladen 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 Bladen County, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,346 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,094 people), and Retail Trade (1,469 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bladen County, NC has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.75 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.75 times), and Public Administration (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bladen County, NC, by median earnings, are Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,788), Utilities ($52,250), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,549).

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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

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

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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Health

87.7% of the population of Bladen County, NC has health coverage, with 31.7% on employee plans, 24.9% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.03% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bladen County, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Bladen County, NC see 4903 patients per year on average, which represents a 27.3% increase from the previous year (3851 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2812 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1687 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

4,903 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bladen County, NC see an average of 4,903 patients per year. This represents a 27.3% increase from the previous year (3,851 patients).

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

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

12.3%

Uninsured

31.7%

Employer Coverage

24.9%

Medicaid

15.5%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

1.03%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bladen County, NC declined by 13.7% from 14.3% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bladen 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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Diversity

Bladen County, NC is home to a population of 34.1k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.46% of Bladen County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.52k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Bladen County, NC is composed of 18.5k White Alone residents (54.2%), 11.7k Black or African American Alone residents (34.4%), 2.58k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.55%), 786 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.3%), 375 Two or More Races residents (1.1%), 144 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.422%), 2 Asian Alone residents (0.00586%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bladen County, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bladen County, NC was 42.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Bladen County, NC are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Bladen County, NC residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.46%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.52k people

4.41%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.52k people

As of 2017, 4.46% of Bladen County, NC residents (1.52k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bladen County, NC was 4.41%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

96%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Bladen County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bladen County, NC was 96%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    18.5k ± 89

  2. Black or African American Alone

    11.7k ± 150

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.58k ± 556

In 2017, there were 1.58 times more White Alone residents (18.5k people) in Bladen County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 11.7k Black or African American Alone and 2.58k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Bladen County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Bladen County, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Bladen County, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Bladen County, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    773 ± 171

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    364 ± 189

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    206 ± 98

Bladen County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bladen County, NC awarded 276 degrees. The student population of Bladen County, NC is skewed towards women, with 378 male students and 870 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bladen County, NC are White (124 and 44.9%), followed by Black or African American (84 and 30.4%), American Indian or Alaska Native (50 and 18.1%), and Hispanic or Latino (8 and 2.9%).

The largest universities in Bladen County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Bladen Community College (276 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Bladen County, NC are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (37 and 13.4%), Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (27 and 9.78%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (27 and 9.78%).

The median tuition costs in Bladen 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Bladen County, NC was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 27 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

276 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Bladen County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Bladen Community College with 276 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

75

Degrees Awarded to Men

201

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 75 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bladen County, NC, which is 0.373 times less than the 201 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    124 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    84 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    50 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bladen County, NC were to White students. These 124 degrees mean that there were 1.48 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 84 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bladen County, NC was $89,500 in 2017, which is 0.411 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $85,700 to $89,500, a 4.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Bladen County, NC is 68.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bladen County, NC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bladen County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,396

Median Household Income

± $2,931

14.4k

Number of Households

± 877

In 2017, the median household income of the 14.4k households in Bladen County, NC grew to $32,396 from the previous year's value of $30,408.

The following chart displays the households in Bladen 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$89,500

2017 Median

± $5,656

$85,700

2016 Median

± $4,887

In 2017, the median property value in Bladen County, NC grew to to $89,500 from the previous year's value of $85,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bladen 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 Bladen County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

68.9%

2017 Homeownership

68.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.9% of the housing units in Bladen County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.5%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

24 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bladen County, NC have a shorter commute time (24 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.68% of the workforce in Bladen County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.94%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.77%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bladen County, NC was Drove Alone (85.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.94%) and those who Worked At Home (2.77%).

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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