Wilson, NC

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Population

81,379

0.292% decline

Poverty Rate

20.6%


Median Age

40.4


Median Household Income

$42,095

4.56% growth

Number of Employees

35,115

0.406% growth

Median Property Value

$119,200

1.79% growth

About

In 2017, Wilson, NC had a population of 81.4k people with a median age of 40.4 and a median household income of $42,095. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wilson, NC declined from 81,617 to 81,379, a -0.292% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,260 to $42,095, a 4.56% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wilson, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (47.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (39.5%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (5.6%), White (Hispanic) (3.55%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.33%). N/A% of the people in Wilson, NC speak a non-English language, and 95.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wilson, NC are Wilson Community College (511 degrees awarded in 2017), Barton College (291 degrees), and Mitchells Hairstyling Academy-Wilson (4 degrees).

The median property value in Wilson, NC is $119,200, and the homeownership rate is 60.5%. Most people in Wilson, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Wilson, NC is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Wilson, NC employs 35.1k people. The largest industries in Wilson, NC are Manufacturing (6,508 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,387 people), and Retail Trade (3,922 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($59,321), Finance & Insurance ($47,415), and Information ($45,391).

Median household income in Wilson, NC is $42,095. Males in Wilson, 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 Wilson, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,095

2017 value

± $1,540

4.56%

1 Year Growth

± 4.46%

Households in Wilson, NC have a median annual income of $42,095, 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 $40,260 in 2016, which represents a 4.56% 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.

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

  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.

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 Wilson, 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wilson, NC was Union County, NC with a value of $80,337, followed by Wake County, NC and Chatham County, NC, with respective values of $79,970 and $74,959.

The following map shows all of the counties in Wilson, 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

20.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wilson, NC (16.5k out of 79.9k 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 Males 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. Black

    9,138 ± 616

  2. White

    4,122 ± 459

  3. Hispanic

    3,305 ± 365

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wilson, 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

35.1k

2017 Value

± 1,331

0.406%

1 Year growth

± 5.31%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wilson, NC grew at a rate of 0.406%, from 35k employees to 35.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wilson, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,340 people), Production Occupations (3,979 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,194 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wilson, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wilson, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,340 people), Production Occupations (3,979 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,194 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wilson, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.95 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.84 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.52 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wilson, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,000), Management Occupations ($60,147), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,024).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

35.1k

2017 Value

± 1,331

0.406%

1 Year growth

± 5.31%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wilson, NC grew at a rate of 0.406%, from 35k employees to 35.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wilson, NC, are Manufacturing (6,508 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,387 people), and Retail Trade (3,922 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wilson, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wilson, 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 Wilson, NC, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (6,508 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,387 people), and Retail Trade (3,922 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Wilson, NC has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.83 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.62 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wilson, NC, by median earnings, are Utilities ($59,321), Finance & Insurance ($47,415), and Information ($45,391).

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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. $54.9B

  2. $41.2B

  3. $40B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($41.2B) and Machinery ($40B).

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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$443B

2020 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

42.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 42.7% 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. $28.4B

  2. $28.1B

  3. $28B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $28.4B, followed by Virginia with $28.1B and Georgia and $28B.

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

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Health

86.2% of the population of Wilson, NC has health coverage, with 40% on employee plans, 21.1% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.84% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Wilson, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 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

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

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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

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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

13.8%

Uninsured

40%

Employer Coverage

21.1%

Medicaid

12.1%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.84%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wilson, NC declined by 8.47% from 15.1% to 13.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wilson, 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

Wilson, NC is home to a population of 81.4k people, from which 95.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.68% of Wilson, NC residents were born outside of the country (5.43k people).

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (38.5k people) in Wilson, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 32.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.56k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wilson, NC was 40.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Wilson, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wilson, NC residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.68%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.43k people

6.76%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.52k people

As of 2017, 6.68% of Wilson, NC residents (5.43k 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 Wilson, NC was 6.76%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

95.5%

2017 Citizenship

95.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.5% of Wilson, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wilson, NC was 95.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wilson, NC

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    38.5k ± 422

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    32.2k ± 251

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    4.56k ± 654

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (38.5k people) in Wilson, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 32.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.56k Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,018 ± 268

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,070 ± 293

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    726 ± 207

Wilson, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.89 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Wilson, NC awarded 806 degrees. The student population of Wilson, NC is skewed towards women, with 894 male students and 1,881 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wilson, NC are White (433 and 55.2%), followed by Black or African American (230 and 29.3%), Hispanic or Latino (71 and 9.04%), and Unknown (31 and 3.95%).

The largest universities in Wilson, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wilson Community College (511 and 63.4%), Barton College (291 and 36.1%), and Mitchells Hairstyling Academy-Wilson (4 and 0.496%).

The most popular majors in Wilson, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (117 and 14.5%), Registered Nursing (85 and 10.5%), and General Business Administration & Management (72 and 8.93%).

The median tuition costs in Wilson, NC are $27,536 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. 109 degrees awarded

  2. 39 degrees awarded

  3. 21 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wilson, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 109 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 511 degrees awarded

  2. 291 degrees awarded

  3. 4 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$27,536

Median Private

In 2017, the Wilson, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wilson Community College with 511 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

265

Degrees Awarded to Men

541

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 265 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wilson, NC, which is 0.49 times less than the 541 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    433 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    230 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    71 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wilson, NC were to White students. These 433 degrees mean that there were 1.88 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 230 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wilson, NC was $119,200 in 2017, which is 0.519 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $117,100 to $119,200, a 1.79% increase. The homeownership rate in Wilson, NC is 60.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wilson, NC have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wilson, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$119,200

2017 Median

± $4,311

$117,100

2016 Median

± $4,159

In 2017, the median property value in Wilson, NC grew to to $119,200 from the previous year's value of $117,100.

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

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Household Income

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$42,095

Median Household Income

± $1,540

32.1k

Number of Households

± 1,214

In 2017, the median household income of the 32.1k households in Wilson, NC grew to $42,095 from the previous year's value of $40,260.

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

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Rent vs Own

60.5%

2017 Homeownership

59.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.5% of the housing units in Wilson, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.9%.

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

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wilson, NC have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.65% of the workforce in Wilson, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.8%

  3. Other

    4.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wilson, NC was Drove Alone (83.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.8%) and those who Other (4.01%).

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

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