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Columbus County, NC&

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0.38% decline
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2.57% growth
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1.56% decline
Median Property Value
1.07% growth


The economy of Columbus County, NC employs 20,423 people. The economy of Columbus County, NC is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Public Admin., which employ respectively 2.5; 2.21; and 1.48 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Columbus County, NC are Healthcare & Social Assistance (3,949), Manufacturing (2,569), and Retail trade (2,498), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($51,974), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting ($37,985), and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation ($37,969).

Median household income in Columbus County, NC is $35,847. Males in Columbus County, NC have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $32,308. The income inequality of Columbus County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.409 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Columbus County, NC. In Columbus County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 32 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,830. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Columbus County, NC is home to a population of 57,015 people, from which 98.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Columbus County, NC is composed of 34,132 White residents (59.9%), 17,336 Black residents (30.4%), 2,825 Hispanic residents (4.95%), 1,902 Native residents (3.34%), and 573 Two+ residents (1%). The most common foreign languages in Columbus County, NC are Spanish (2,489 speakers), Arabic (96 speakers), and Hindi (93 speakers), but compared to other places, Columbus County, NC has a relative high number of Hindi (93 speakers), Arabic (96 speakers), and Spanish (2,489 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Columbus County, NC awarded 266 degrees. The student population of Columbus County, NC is skewed towards females, with 109 male students and 157 female students. Most students in Columbus County, NC are White (204 and 76.7%), followed by Black or African American (37 and 13.9%), American Indian (14 and 5.26%), and Unknown (4 and 1.5%). The largest universities in Columbus County, NC by number of graduates are Southeastern Community College (266 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Columbus County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (37 and 13.9%), Registered Nursing (24 and 9%), and Electrical, Electronic, & Communications Engineering Technology (16 and 6.02%). The median tuition costs in Columbus 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.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Columbus County, NC is $84,800, which is 0.41 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $83,900 to $84,800, a 1.07% increase. The homeownership rate of Columbus County, NC is 69.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Columbus County, NC have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Columbus County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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