Access

Access is a group of social determinants which shows whether services are available and whether people have the means to get to those services.

Transportation

Housing & Transit Measure   New Hanover  Brunswick Pender NC
Drive Alone to Work info_16 80% 80% 80% 80%
Long Commute Alone info_16 17% 31% 48% 31%

Source:  CountyHealthRankings.org

New Hanover County

  Public Transportation:

  • Wave Transit - The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (Wave Transit) provides cost-effective transportation services that work to meet the community's needs through fixed bus routes, accessible van service, and travel training.

  Public Airports:

Brunswick County

  Public Transportation: 

  • Brunswick Transit System - Brunswick Transit System, Inc. (BTS) is a non-profit community transportation system that coordinates general public and human services transportation for the residents of Brunswick County. The transit system operates a fleet of 17 vehicles, including ADA equipped vehicles to assist persons with special needs.
  • Wave Transit - Wave Transit provides daily fixed route transportation to Northern Brunswick County via rout 204 Brunswick Connector. The route serves Leland, Navassa, and unincorporated areas of the area. Click here for the Route 204 schedule.  The Authority also recently awarded Elderly and disabled transportation funding to Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. under the FTA section 5310 program.

  Public Airports: 

Pender County

  Public Transportation:

  • Pender Adult Services, Inc. - Pender Adult Services (PAS) is for any Pender County resident 18 or older. They operate Monday through Friday 6:00am – 6:30pm.
  • Wave Transit - Wave Transit and Pender Adult Services provide connecting service from Pender County to Wave Transit Route 204 at the Cape Fear Community College – north campus located at 4500 Blue Clay Road, in Castle Hayne.  The route links to all Wave Transit routes. For information concerning service from Pender County call (910) 259-9119.
  • Transportation Services to Medicaid Individuals - Transportation Services are offered through the Brunswick County Department of Social Services for eligible Medicaid individuals. They provide transportation to authorized Medicaid Providers and Work First clients needing transportation to work. 

  Public Airports: 

    Housing

      New Hanover Brunswick Pender NC
    Percent of people who own their own homes
    www.datausa.io (NH & Brusnwick)
    www.datausa.io (Pender) 
    57.6%  75.9%  77.6%  64.8% 
    Housing Units as of 7/01/2017 *1
    www.census.gov 
    111,174  88,977  29,156  4,622,575 
    Households 2012 - 2016 *2
    www.census.gov 
    89,599  50,562  20,534  3,815,392 
    Persons per household 2012 - 2016
    www.census.gov 
    2.34  2.34  2.69  2.54 
    Median selected monthly owner cost - with a mortgage 2012 - 2016
    www.census.gov 
    $1485  $1321  $1281   $1243
    Median Gross Rent 2012 - 2016
    www.census.gov 
    $928  $866  $834  $816 
    Language other than English spoken at home - percent age 5+ 2012-2016
    www.census.gov 
    7.1%  5.9%  6.6%  11.3% 
    Percent of Households with Public Assistance Income
    American Community Survey 2012-2016
     
    2.11%  1.48%  1.78%  1.87% 
    Percent of Cost Burdened Households *3
    American Community Survey 2012-2016
    37.62%  31.72% 31.38% 30.34%
    Housing - Substandard *4
    American Community Survey 2012-2016
    37.67%  31.86% 30.96% 30.78%
    Severe Housing Problems *5
    www.countyhealthrankings.org
    21%  17% 18% 17%

    *1 - A housing unit is a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a group of rooms, or a single room that is occupied (or if vacant, is intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live and eat separately from any other persons in the building and which have direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall.

    *2 - A household includes all the persons who occupy a housing unit as their usual place of residence.

    *3 -  This indicator reports the percentage of the households where housing costs exceed 30% of total household income.

    *4 - This indicator reports the number and percentage of owner- and renter-occupied housing units having at least one of the following conditions: 1) lacking complete plumbing facilities, 2) lacking complete kitchen facilities, 3) with 1.01 or more occupants per room, 4) selected monthly owner costs as a percentage of household income greater than 30%, and 5) gross rent as a percentage of household income greater than 30%. Selected conditions provide information in assessing the quality of the housing inventory and its occupants. This data is used to easily identify homes where the quality of living and housing can be considered substandard.

    *5 - Severe housing problems: Percentage of households with at least 1 of 4 housing problems: overcrowding, high housing costs, or lack of kitchen or plumbing facilities.

    Food

      New Hanover County  Brunswick County Pender County North Carolina
    Food Environmental Index  7.1  7.6  7.7  6.4 
    Food Insecurity  16%  15%  15%  17% 
    Limited Access to Healthy Foods  8%  6%  3%  7% 
    Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch 50%  58%  52%  57% 

    Food Environmental Index:

    The Food Environment Index is comprised of two variables:

    1. Limited access to healthy foods from the USDA’s Food Environment Atlas estimates the percentage of the population who are low income and do not live close to a grocery store. Living close to a grocery store is defined differently in rural and nonrural areas: in rural areas, it means living less than 10 miles from a grocery store whereas in nonrural areas, it means less than 1 mile. Low income is defined as having an annual family income of less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold for the family size.
    2. Food insecurity from Feeding America estimates the percentage of the population who did not have access to a reliable source of food during the past year.

    The two variables are scaled from 0 to 10 (zero being the worst value in the nation, and 10 being the best) and averaged to produce the Food Environment Index.

    Food Insecurity

    Food Insecurity is the percentage of the population who did not have access to a reliable source of food during the past year.

    Limited Access to Healthy Foods

    Limited Access to Healthy Foods is the percentage of the population that is low income and does not live close to a grocery store. Living close to a grocery store is defined differently in rural and nonrural areas; in rural areas, it means living less than ten miles from a grocery store; in nonrural areas, less than one mile. "Low income" is defined as having an annual family income of less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold for the family size.

    Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch

    Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch is the percentage of children enrolled in public schools, grades PK - 12, eligible for free (family income less than 130% of federal poverty level) or reduced price (family income less than 185% of federal poverty level) lunch.

    Health Services

      New Hanover County  Brunswick County Pender County North Carolina
    Primary Care Physicians  1130:1  1950:1  3200:1  1420:1 
    Other Primary Care Physicians 614:1 1395:1  2462:1  975:1 
    Dentists 1320:1 2820:1  2570:1  1830:1 
    Mental Health Providers  270:1  1280:1  1440:1  460:1 
    Uninsured  12%  15%  14%  13% 

    Primary Care Physicians

    Primary Care Physicians is the ratio of the population to total primary care physicians. Primary care physicians include non-federal, practicing physicians (M.D.'s and D.O.'s) under age 75 specializing in general practice medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

    Other Primary Care Physicians

    Ratio of population to primary care providers other than physicians. Other primary care providers include nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA), and clinical nurse specialists.

    Dentists

    Dentists are measured as the ratio of the county population to total dentists in the county.

    Mental Health Providers

    Mental Health Providers is the ratio of the county population to the number of mental health providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, mental health providers that treat alcohol and other drug abuse, and advanced practice nurses specializing in mental health care.

    Uninsured

    Uninsured is the percentage of the population under age 65 that has no health insurance coverage.

    Recreation

      New Hanover County  Brunswick County Pender County North Carolina
    Physical Inactivity  20%  21%  25%  24% 
    Disconnected Youth 10%  19%  17%  15% 
    Access to Exercise Opportunities  90%  77%  59%  76% 
    Social Associations  10.3  8.9  10.9  11.5 

    Physical Inactivity

    Percentage of adults age 20 and over reporting no leisure-time physical activity.

    Disconnected Youth

    Disconnected Youth is the percentage of teens and young adults ages 16-24 who are neither working nor in school. Disconnected youth are at an increased risk of violent behavior, smoking, alcohol consumption and marijuana use, and may have emotional deficits and less cognitive and academic skill than their peers who are working and/or in school. Studies show that both a lack of educational attainment and unemployment is linked to depression, anxiety and poor physical health.

    Access to Exercise Opportunities

    Percentage of population with adequate access to locations for physical activity.

    Social Associations

    Social Associations is the number of associations per 10,000 population. Associations include membership organizations such as civic organizations, bowling centers, golf clubs, fitness centers, sports organizations, religious organizations, political organizations, labor organizations, business organizations, and professional organizations. Data collected in 2015 from County Business Patterns.