Northampton County, PA

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Population

304,807

0.462% growth

Median Age

42.4


Median Household Income

$68,591

3.82% growth

Poverty Rate

9.17%


Number of Employees

148,551

1.2% decline

Median Property Value

$225,000

6.13% growth

About

In 2018, Northampton County, PA had a population of 305k people with a median age of 42.4 and a median household income of $68,591. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Northampton County, PA grew from 303,405 to 304,807, a 0.462% increase and its median household income grew from $66,066 to $68,591, a 3.82% increase.

The population of Northampton County, PA is 75.9% White Alone, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.33% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Northampton County, PA speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Northampton County, PA are Lehigh University (2,050 degrees awarded in 2017), Northampton County Area Community College (1,446 degrees), and Lafayette College (734 degrees).

The median property value in Northampton County, PA is $225,000, and the homeownership rate is 72.1%. Most people in Northampton County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Northampton County, PA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Northampton County, PA employs 149k people. The largest industries in Northampton County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,353 people), Manufacturing (20,877 people), and Retail Trade (17,729 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($100,469), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,841), and Finance & Insurance ($68,802).

Median household income in Northampton County, PA is $68,591. Males in Northampton County, PA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,119. The income inequality in Northampton County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,591

2018 value

± $3,283

3.82%

1 Year Growth

± 5.9%

Households in Northampton County, PA have a median annual income of $68,591, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $66,066 in 2017, which represents a 3.82% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,779

Average Male Salary

± $1,106

$52,119

Average Female Salary

± $786

In 2018, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania 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

    $67,044 ± $4,236

  2. White

    $54,569 ± $688

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $45,677 ± $16,041

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.23 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 Northampton County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2018 Wage GINI

0.472

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.472% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania 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 169.01

  2. Census Tract 158.01

  3. Census Tract 176.06

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Northampton County, PA was Census Tract 169.01 with a value of $106,755, followed by Census Tract 158.01 and Census Tract 176.06, with respective values of $101,750 and $100,764.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Northampton County, PA (26.6k out of 290k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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

    20,564 ± 1,021

  2. Hispanic

    8,527 ± 663

  3. Black

    2,152 ± 359

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Northampton County, PA 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

149k

2018 Value

± 6,255

-1.2%

1 Year decline

± 5.83%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Northampton County, PA declined at a rate of -1.2%, from 150k employees to 149k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Northampton County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,484 people), Sales & Related Occupations (15,191 people), and Management Occupations (13,809 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Northampton County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Northampton County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,484 people), Sales & Related Occupations (15,191 people), and Management Occupations (13,809 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Northampton County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.29 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.29 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Northampton County, PA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($100,299), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($86,984), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,340).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

149k

2018 Value

± 6,255

-1.2%

1 Year decline

± 5.83%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Northampton County, PA declined at a rate of -1.2%, from 150k employees to 149k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Northampton County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,353 people), Manufacturing (20,877 people), and Retail Trade (17,729 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Northampton County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,353 people), Manufacturing (20,877 people), and Retail Trade (17,729 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Northampton County, PA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.44 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.29 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Northampton County, PA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($100,469), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,841), and Finance & Insurance ($68,802).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $88.5B

  2. $57.4B

  3. $55.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $88.5B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($57.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($55.2B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$671B

2020 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

42.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $671B. This is expected to increase 42.2% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $65.4B

  2. $62.6B

  3. $35.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $65.4B, followed by New Jersey with $62.6B and Ohio and $35.6B.

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

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Health

95.4% of the population of Northampton County, PA has health coverage, with 54% on employee plans, 12.3% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 0.701% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Northampton County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Northampton County, PA see 1170 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.42% decrease from the previous year (1237 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1855 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 531 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,170 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Northampton County, PA see an average of 1,170 patients per year. This represents a 5.42% decrease from the previous year (1,237 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Northampton County, PA 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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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

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

4.62%

Uninsured

54%

Employer Coverage

12.3%

Medicaid

15.1%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

0.701%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Northampton County, PA declined by 25.6% from 6.21% to 4.62%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Northampton County, PA 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% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

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

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Diversity

Northampton County, PA is home to a population of 305k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.23% of Northampton County, PA residents were born outside of the country (21.9k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Northampton County, PA is composed of 231k White Alone residents (75.9%), 42.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (13.8%), 16.3k Black or African American Alone residents (5.33%), 8.33k Asian Alone residents (2.73%), 5.28k Two or More Races residents (1.73%), 932 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.306%), 302 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0991%), and 159 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0522%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2018, the median age of all people in Northampton County, PA was 42.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Northampton County, PA are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Northampton County, PA residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.23%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.9k people

7.21%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

21.8k people

As of 2017, 7.23% of Northampton County, PA residents (21.9k 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 Northampton County, PA was 7.21%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    94,480 ± 7,519 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    85,267 ± 7,145 people

  3. China

    68,580 ± 6,412 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 94,480 Pennsylvania residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 85,267 and China with 68,580.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2018 Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.4% of Northampton County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Northampton County, PA was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    231k ± 191

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    42.2k ± 5.14k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    16.3k ± 2.03k

In 2018, there were 5.48 times more White Alone residents (231k people) in Northampton County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 42.2k Hispanic or Latino and 16.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    5,513 ± 887

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,326 ± 879

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,925 ± 768

Northampton County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Northampton County, PA awarded 4,825 degrees. The student population of Northampton County, PA is skewed towards women, with 10,052 male students and 12,024 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Northampton County, PA are White (3,131 and 71.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (494 and 11.3%), Black or African American (240 and 5.48%), and Asian (222 and 5.07%).

The largest universities in Northampton County, PA by number of degrees awarded are Lehigh University (2,050 and 42.5%), Northampton County Area Community College (1,446 and 30%), and Lafayette College (734 and 15.2%).

The most popular majors in Northampton County, PA are Mechanical Engineering (233 and 4.83%), General Finance (188 and 3.9%), and General Business (144 and 2.98%).

The median tuition costs in Northampton County, PA are $50,320 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. 136 degrees awarded

  2. 184 degrees awarded

  3. 182 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Northampton County, PA was General Economics with 136 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,050 degrees awarded

  2. 1,446 degrees awarded

  3. 734 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$50,320

Median Private

In 2017, the Northampton County, PA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lehigh University with 2,050 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,235

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,590

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,235 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Northampton County, PA, which is 0.863 times less than the 2,590 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Northampton County, PA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,131 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    494 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    240 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Northampton County, PA were to White students. These 3,131 degrees mean that there were 6.34 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 494 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Northampton County, PA was $225,000 in 2018, which is 0.98 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $212,000 to $225,000, a 6.13% increase. The homeownership rate in Northampton County, PA is 72.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Northampton County, PA have an average commute time of 26.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Northampton County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$225,000

2018 Median

± $6,547

$212,000

2017 Median

± $5,635

In 2018, the median property value in Northampton County, PA grew to to $225,000 from the previous year's value of $212,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Northampton County, PA 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 Northampton County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$68,591

Median Household Income

± $3,283

115k

Number of Households

± 5,154

In 2018, the median household income of the 115k households in Northampton County, PA grew to $68,591 from the previous year's value of $66,066.

The following chart displays the households in Northampton County, PA 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

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Northampton County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Northampton County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.1%

2018 Homeownership

72.7%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 72.1% of the housing units in Northampton County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.7%.

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

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Commute Time

26.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Northampton County, PA have a longer commute time (26.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.19% of the workforce in Northampton County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.6%

  2. Carpooled

    5.68%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.62%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Northampton County, PA was Drove Alone (82.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (5.68%) and those who Worked At Home (5.62%).

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

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