Rowan County, NC

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2022 Population
147,067
0.88% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
40.7
0.246% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
16.4%
1.99% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,717
11.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$187,300
20.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
66,742
1.88% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Rowan County, NC had a population of 147k people with a median age of 40.7 and a median household income of $59,717. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Rowan County, NC grew from 145,784 to 147,067, a 0.88% increase and its median household income grew from $53,600 to $59,717, a 11.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rowan County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (70.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (15.8%), Other (Hispanic) (3.41%), White (Hispanic) (3.08%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.79%).

None of the households in Rowan County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.2% of the residents in Rowan County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rowan County, NC are Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (1,803 degrees awarded in 2022), Catawba College (312 degrees), and Livingstone College (147 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Rowan County, NC was $187,300, and the homeownership rate was 70.7%.

Most people in Rowan County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Rowan County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Rowan County, NC is home to a population of 147k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.32% of Rowan County, NC residents were born outside of the country (7.83k people).

In 2022, there were 4.47 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (103k people) in Rowan County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.02k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.2%
2022 Citizenship
96.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.2% of Rowan County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Rowan County, NC was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rowan County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    103k ± 381
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    23.2k ± 603
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    5.02k ± 772
9.77%
Hispanic Population
14.4k people

In 2022, there were 4.47 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (103k people) in Rowan County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 23.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.02k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.77% of the people in Rowan County, NC are hispanic (14.4k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.32%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
7.83k people
4.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
6.99k people

As of 2022, 5.32% of Rowan County, NC residents (7.83k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rowan County, NC was 4.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,319 ± 400
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,594 ± 331
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,572 ± 294

Rowan County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Rowan County, NC employs 66.7k people. The largest industries in Rowan County, NC are Manufacturing (10,849 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,213 people), and Retail Trade (7,656 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($102,899), Utilities ($71,339), and Finance & Insurance ($59,877).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

66.7k
2022 Value
± 2,251
1.88%
1 Year growth
± 4.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rowan County, NC grew at a rate of 1.88%, from 65.5k employees to 66.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rowan County, NC, are Production Occupations (6,898 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,566 people), and Management Occupations (5,963 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rowan County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

66.7k
2022 Value
± 2,251
1.88%
1 Year growth
± 4.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Rowan County, NC grew at a rate of 1.88%, from 65.5k employees to 66.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rowan County, NC, are Manufacturing (10,849 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,213 people), and Retail Trade (7,656 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rowan County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Rowan County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,768
Median earning men ± $1,299
$33,356
Median earning women ± $1,265

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,984), Information ($67,774), and Public Administration ($55,995).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($48,988), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,808), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($45,479).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 854
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 833
    Manufacturing
  3. 508
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Rowan County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 67.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (31.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.786%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Rowan County, NC awarded 2,282 degrees. The student population of Rowan County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 3,647 male students and 5,264 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rowan County, NC are White (1,343 and 59.9%), followed by Black or African American (472 and 21.1%), Hispanic or Latino (246 and 11%), and Unknown (82 and 3.66%).

The largest universities in Rowan County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (1,803 and 79%), Catawba College (312 and 13.7%), and Livingstone College (147 and 6.44%).

The most popular majors in Rowan County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (379 and 16.6%), Information Technology (268 and 11.7%), and Welding Technology (146 and 6.4%).

The median tuition cost in Rowan County, NC for private four year colleges is $24,393.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Rowan County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 65.2%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 10.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 8,911 (40.9% men and 59.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 8,911 students enrolled in Rowan County, NC, 40.9% men and 59.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,191 records, of which 59.1% were women and 40.9% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Rowan County, NC was Registered Nursing with 74 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,803 degrees awarded
  2. 312 degrees awarded
  3. 147 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with 1,803 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 928 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rowan County, NC, which is 0.685 times less than the 1,354 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,343 degrees mean that there were 2.85 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 472 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($24,393) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($2,379) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rowan County, NC was $187,300 in 2022, which is 0.664 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $155,700 to $187,300, a 20.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Rowan County, NC is 70.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Rowan County, NC have an average commute time of 26.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rowan County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Rowan County, NC is $59,717. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Rowan County, NC was Census Tract 509.04 with a value of $91,364, followed by Census Tract 505 and Census Tract 509.03, with respective values of $84,821 and $75,142.

In 2022, 13.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Rowan County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.27%.

Property

$187,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,917
$40,056
Median Property Taxes
±$1,607

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rowan County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.7%
Homeownership
2022
67.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70.7% of the housing units in Rowan County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 70.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 509.04
  2. Census Tract 505
  3. Census Tract 509.03

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rowan County, NC was Census Tract 509.04 with a value of $91,364, followed by Census Tract 505 and Census Tract 509.03, with respective values of $84,821 and $75,142.

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

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Household Income

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$59,717
Median Household Income
± $2,292
56.6k
Number of Households
± 1,973

In 2022, the median household income of the 56.6k households in Rowan County, NC grew to $59,717 from the previous year's value of $53,600.

The following chart displays the households in Rowan County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rowan County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.43%)

In 2022, 80.4% of workers in Rowan County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (6.43%).

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Commute Time

26.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rowan County, NC have a shorter commute time (26.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.26% of the workforce in Rowan County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Rowan County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.27%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rowan County, NC (23.4k out of 143k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 22.2% of the children was living in poverty in Rowan County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 391 in Rowan County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 62.4 per 100,000 population.

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Health

89.2% of the population of Rowan County, NC has health coverage, with 41.3% on employee plans, 20% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Rowan County, NC see 2450 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.13% decrease from the previous year (2478 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2096 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 424 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,450 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rowan County, NC

Primary care physicians in Rowan County, NC see an average of 2,450 patients per year. This represents a 1.13% decrease from the previous year (2,478 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.5% under 18 years, 20.2% between 18 and 34 years, 39% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.8%
Uninsured
41.3%
Employer Coverage
20%
Medicaid
13.3%
Medicare
12.9%
Non-Group
1.72%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rowan County, NC declined by 7.56% from 11.7% to 10.8%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 46.2 in Rowan County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 34.5% in Rowan County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14.5% in Rowan County, NC.

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