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Rowan County, NC&

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0.24% growth
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Median Household Income
3.31% growth
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Number of Employees
2.7% growth
Median Property Value
1.71% growth

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The economy of Rowan County, NC employs 58,045 people. The economy of Rowan County, NC is specialized in Manufacturing; Wholesale trade; and Construction, which employ respectively 1.53; 1.32; and 1.29 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Rowan County, NC are Healthcare & Social Assistance (9,256), Manufacturing (9,155), and Retail trade (7,260), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,606), Utilities ($44,513), and Transportation & Warehousing ($39,167).

Median household income in Rowan County, NC is $44,494. Males in Rowan County, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $35,841. The income inequality of Rowan County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.418 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 Rowan County, NC. In Rowan County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 45 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,716. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Rowan County, NC is home to a population of 138,694 people, from which 97% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Rowan County, NC is composed of 101,408 White residents (73.1%), 22,151 Black residents (16%), 11,191 Hispanic residents (8.07%), 2,179 Two+ residents (1.57%), and 1,252 Asian residents (0.9%). The most common foreign languages in Rowan County, NC are Spanish (9,734 speakers), Serbo-Croatian (393 speakers), and German (273 speakers), but compared to other places, Rowan County, NC has a relative high number of Laotian (252 speakers), Serbo-Croatian (393 speakers), and Hmong (131 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Rowan County, NC awarded 2,340 degrees. The student population of Rowan County, NC is skewed towards females, with 830 male students and 1,510 female students. Most students in Rowan County, NC are White (1,491 and 63.7%), followed by Black or African American (594 and 25.4%), Hispanic or Latino (139 and 5.94%), and Unknown (40 and 1.71%). The largest universities in Rowan County, NC by number of graduates are Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (1,855 and 79.3%), Catawba College (283 and 12.1%), and Livingstone College (149 and 6.37%). The most popular majors in Rowan County, NC are Medical Office Management (241 and 10.3%), Office Management & Supervision (231 and 9.9%), and Information Technology (91 and 3.89%). The median tuition costs in Rowan County, NC are N/A for private four year colleges, and $29,333 and $29,333 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 Rowan County, NC is $130,500, which is 0.64 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $128,300 to $130,500, a 1.71% increase. The homeownership rate of Rowan County, NC is 67.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Rowan County, NC have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rowan County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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