Raleigh, NC

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Population

470,509

1.19% growth

Median Age

34.1


Median Household Income

$65,695

1.6% growth

Poverty Rate

14%


Number of Employees

261,800

1.07% growth

Median Property Value

$268,900

12.2% growth

About

In 2018, Raleigh, NC had a population of 471k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $65,695. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Raleigh, NC grew from 464,972 to 470,509, a 1.19% increase and its median household income grew from $64,660 to $65,695, a 1.6% increase.

The population of Raleigh, NC is 53.5% White Alone, 27.1% Black or African American Alone, and 10.7% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Raleigh, NC speak a non-English language, and 93.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Raleigh, NC are North Carolina State University at Raleigh (9,141 degrees awarded in 2017), MyComputerCareer.edu-Raleigh (757 degrees), and Meredith College (591 degrees).

The median property value in Raleigh, NC is $268,900, and the homeownership rate is 50.9%. Most people in Raleigh, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Raleigh, NC is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Raleigh, NC employs 262k people. The largest industries in Raleigh, NC are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (40,903 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (28,793 people), and Educational Services (25,585 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($96,961), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($86,778), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,547).

Median household income in Raleigh, NC is $65,695. Males in Raleigh, NC have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,552. The income inequality in Raleigh, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,695

2018 value

± $4,174

1.6%

1 Year Growth

± 7.38%

Households in Raleigh, NC have a median annual income of $65,695, 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 $64,660 in 2017, which represents a 1.6% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,551

Average Male Salary

± $1,091

$47,552

Average Female Salary

± $846

In 2018, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.32 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

    $66,551 ± $4,420

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $53,592 ± $28,568

  3. White

    $52,871 ± $810

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.47

2018 Wage GINI

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.556% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 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 517

  2. Census Tract 538.08

  3. Census Tract 537.21

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Raleigh, NC was Census Tract 517 with a value of $190,962, followed by Census Tract 538.08 and Census Tract 537.21, with respective values of $145,089 and $144,464.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Raleigh, NC (60.3k out of 430k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    27,607 ± 1,414

  2. Black

    22,825 ± 1,290

  3. Hispanic

    14,306 ± 1,086

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

262k

2018 Value

± 10,522

1.07%

1 Year growth

± 5.45%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Raleigh, NC grew at a rate of 1.07%, from 259k employees to 262k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Raleigh, NC, are Management Occupations (32,845 people), Sales & Related Occupations (28,600 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (24,067 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Raleigh, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Raleigh, NC, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (32,845 people), Sales & Related Occupations (28,600 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (24,067 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Raleigh, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.92 times higher than expected), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1.75 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.68 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Raleigh, NC, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($80,957), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,293), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,828).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

262k

2018 Value

± 10,522

1.07%

1 Year growth

± 5.45%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Raleigh, NC grew at a rate of 1.07%, from 259k employees to 262k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Raleigh, NC, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (40,903 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (28,793 people), and Educational Services (25,585 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Raleigh, NC, though some of these residents may live in Raleigh, 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 Raleigh, NC, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (40,903 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (28,793 people), and Educational Services (25,585 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Raleigh, NC has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.08 times higher than expected), Information (1.29 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Raleigh, NC, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($96,961), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($86,778), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,547).

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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

88.4% of the population of Raleigh, NC has health coverage, with 54.6% on employee plans, 11.8% on Medicaid, 6.99% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 1.09% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Raleigh, 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).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina 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%).

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

11.6%

Uninsured

54.6%

Employer Coverage

11.8%

Medicaid

6.99%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

1.09%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Raleigh, NC grew by 28.8% from 9.01% to 11.6%.

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

Raleigh, NC is home to a population of 471k people, from which 93.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 12.9% of Raleigh, NC residents were born outside of the country (60k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Raleigh, NC is composed of 252k White Alone residents (53.5%), 127k Black or African American Alone residents (27.1%), 50.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.7%), 22.9k Asian Alone residents (4.87%), 15.9k Two or More Races residents (3.39%), 1.64k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.349%), 721 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.153%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2018, the median age of all people in Raleigh, NC was 34.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Raleigh, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Raleigh, NC residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

60k people

12.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

57.9k people

As of 2017, 12.9% of Raleigh, NC residents (60k 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 Raleigh, NC was 12.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    229,977 ± 11,643 people

  2. India

    71,606 ± 6,547 people

  3. Honduras

    31,466 ± 4,348 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 229,977 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 71,606 and Honduras with 31,466.

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Citizenship

93.5%

2018 Citizenship

90.4%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 93.5% of Raleigh, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Raleigh, NC was 90.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    252k ± 8.35k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    127k ± 7.96k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    50.3k ± 8.13k

In 2018, there were 1.98 times more White Alone residents (252k people) in Raleigh, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 127k Black or African American Alone and 50.3k 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 Raleigh, NC as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. false

    0 ± 0

  2. false

    0 ± 0

  3. false

    0 ± 0

Raleigh, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in false, N/A times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Raleigh, NC awarded 11,702 degrees. The student population of Raleigh, NC is skewed towards men, with 21,731 male students and 20,660 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Raleigh, NC are White (6,697 and 64%), followed by Black or African American (1,469 and 14%), Unknown (1,021 and 9.76%), and Hispanic or Latino (532 and 5.09%).

The largest universities in Raleigh, NC by number of degrees awarded are North Carolina State University at Raleigh (9,141 and 78.1%), MyComputerCareer.edu-Raleigh (757 and 6.47%), and Meredith College (591 and 5.05%).

The most popular majors in Raleigh, NC are General Business Administration & Management (943 and 8.06%), Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications (805 and 6.88%), and Computer Science (452 and 3.86%).

The median tuition costs in Raleigh, NC are $20,695 for private four year colleges, and $6,535 and $24,883 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 287 degrees awarded

  2. 705 degrees awarded

  3. 404 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Raleigh, NC was General Psychology with 287 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 9,141 degrees awarded

  2. 757 degrees awarded

  3. 591 degrees awarded

$6,535

Median In-State Public

$20,695

Median Private

In 2017, the Raleigh, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Carolina State University at Raleigh with 9,141 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,067

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,635

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 6,067 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Raleigh, NC, which is 1.08 times more than the 5,635 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Raleigh, NC by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,697 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,469 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    1,021 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Raleigh, NC were to White students. These 6,697 degrees mean that there were 4.56 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,469 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Raleigh, NC was $268,900 in 2018, which is 1.17 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $239,700 to $268,900, a 12.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Raleigh, NC is 50.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Raleigh, NC have an average commute time of 22.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Raleigh, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$268,900

2018 Median

± $8,455

$239,700

2017 Median

± $8,673

In 2018, the median property value in Raleigh, NC grew to to $268,900 from the previous year's value of $239,700.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$65,695

Median Household Income

± $4,174

189k

Number of Households

± 8,029

In 2018, the median household income of the 189k households in Raleigh, NC grew to $65,695 from the previous year's value of $64,660.

The following chart displays the households in Raleigh, 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

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

50.9%

2018 Homeownership

53.4%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 50.9% of the housing units in Raleigh, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 53.4%.

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

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Commute Time

22.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Raleigh, NC have a shorter commute time (22.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.69% of the workforce in Raleigh, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.67%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.58%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Raleigh, NC was Drove Alone (77.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.67%) and those who Worked At Home (8.58%).

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 Raleigh, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Raleigh, NC have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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