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2.21% growth
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Median Household Income
7.89% growth
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5.01% growth
Median Property Value
6.3% growth

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The economy of Wake County, NC employs 555,329 people. The economy of Wake County, NC is specialized in Professional, Scientific, Tech Services; Management of Companies & Enterprises; and Information, which employ respectively 1.9; 1.85; and 1.41 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Wake County, NC are Professional, Scientific, Tech Services (79,987), Healthcare & Social Assistance (63,989), and Retail trade (57,065), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($78,750), Utilities ($71,752), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($70,290).

Median household income in Wake County, NC is $76,097. Males in Wake County, NC have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,744. The income inequality of Wake County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478 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 Wake County, NC. In Wake 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 86 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,670. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Wake County, NC is home to a population of 1.05M people, from which 92.6% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Wake County, NC is composed of 631,306 White residents (60.3%), 209,310 Black residents (20%), 105,127 Hispanic residents (10%), 69,506 Asian residents (6.64%), and 26,338 Two+ residents (2.52%). The most common foreign languages in Wake County, NC are Spanish (76,141 speakers), Chinese (9,321 speakers), and Other Asian (9,243 speakers), but compared to other places, Wake County, NC has a relative high number of Gujarati (3,653 speakers), Other Asian (9,243 speakers), and Hindi (6,121 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Wake County, NC awarded 16,763 degrees. The student population of Wake County, NC is skewed towards females, with 8,156 male students and 8,607 female students. Most students in Wake County, NC are White (10,245 and 61.1%), followed by Black or African American (2,888 and 17.2%), Hispanic or Latino (811 and 4.84%), and Asian (645 and 3.85%). The largest universities in Wake County, NC by number of graduates are North Carolina State University at Raleigh (8,657 and 51.6%), Wake Technical Community College (4,433 and 26.4%), and Strayer University-North Carolina (661 and 3.94%). The most popular majors in Wake County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (704 and 4.2%), General Biological Sciences (458 and 2.73%), and General Psychology (279 and 1.66%). The median tuition costs in Wake County, NC are $26,880 for private four year colleges, and $6,407 and $23,926 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 Wake County, NC is $268,400, which is 1.31 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $252,500 to $268,400, a 6.3% increase. The homeownership rate of Wake County, NC is 62.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Wake County, NC have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wake County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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