Population Demographics

County Population
New Hanover County 227198
Brunswick County 130897
Pender County 60958
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Age

Data calculated in 2016 from the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP). More details can be found at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

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County % Under 5yrs old % Under 18yrs old % 65yrs or older Median Age
New Hanover County 5.3 19.4 15.8 38
Brunswick County 4.5 17.2 27 42
Pender County 5.6 22.2 15 41.2

Ethnicity

Regional Ethnicity Breakdown by County (%)

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Ethnicity Breakdown by Percentage of County Population

Data calculated in 2016 from the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP).

Ethnicity New Hanover County
White 81.3
Black 14.6
Hispanic 5.4
Alaskan Indian / Native American 0.6
Asian 1.4
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0.1
Brunswick County
White 85.4
Black 11.2
Hispanic 4.8
Alaskan Indian / Native American 0.9
Asian 0.7
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander 0.1
Pender County
White 76.3
Black 17.8
Hispanic 6.1
Alaskan Indian / Native American 0.4
Asian 0.4
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander 0.03

Gender

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County Male Female
New Hanover County 48 52
Brunswick County 47.8 52.2
Pender County 50.2 49.8

Calculated in 2016 from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP).

Income

Median Household Income is the income where half of households in a county earn more and half of households earn less.

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Data shown is in 2016 from: www.countyhealthrankings.org

County Median Household Income ($US/year)
New Hanover County 49835
Brunswick County 47799
Pender County 42044

Income by Census Tract

New Hanover County:

In 2016, the census tract with the highest Median Household Income in New Hanover County, NC was Census Tract 117.03 with a value of $120,109, followed by Census Tract 123 and Census Tract 120.04, with respective values of $102,690 and $101,136. The following map shows all of the census tracts in New Hanover County, NC colored by their Median Household Income.

Brunswick County:

In 2016, the census tract with the highest Median Household Income in Brunswick County, NC was Census Tract 203.07 with a value of $93,523, followed by Census Tract 203.04 and Census Tract 202.02, with respective values of $79,533 and $73,005. The following map shows all of the census tracts in Brunswick County, NC colored by their Median Household Income.

Pender County:

In 2016, the census tract with the highest Median Household Income in Pender County, NC was Census Tract 201.02 with a value of $81,250, followed by Census Tract 202.02 and Census Tract 201.01, with respective values of $70,634 and $61,250. The following map shows all of the census tracts in Pender County, NC colored by their Median Household Income.

North Carolina:

In 2016, the county with the highest Median Household Income in North Carolina was Wake County, NC with a value of $70,620, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $67,194 and $61,130. The following map shows all of the counties in North Carolina colored by their Median Household Income.

Income Inequality

Income Inequality is the ratio of household income at the 80th percentile to that at the 20th percentile, i.e., when the incomes of all households in a county are listed from highest to lowest, the 80th percentile is the level of income at which only 20% of households have higher incomes, and the 20th percentile is the level of income at which only 20% of households have lower incomes. A higher inequality ratio indicates greater division between the top and bottom ends of the income spectrum.

Income inequality within US communities can have broad health impacts, including increased risk of mortality, poor health, and increased cardiovascular disease risks. Inequalities in a community can accentuate differences in social class and status and serve as a social stressor. Communities with greater income inequality can experience a loss of social connectedness, as well as decreases in trust, social support, and a sense of community for all residents.

Calculated in 2012 - 2016 from the American Community Survey (ACS).

Poverty

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County Adults Living in Poverty (%) Children Living in Poverty (%)
New Hanover County 18 24
Brunswick County 16 28
Pender County 18 26.1

New Hanover County:


17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Hanover County, NC (37,167 out of 210,024 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14%. The largest demographic living in poverty is Female 18-24, followed by Male 18-24 and then Female 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.



Brunswick County:


15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Brunswick County, NC (17,992 out of 118,103 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14%. The largest demographic living in poverty is Female 25-34, followed by Female 55-64 and then Female 35-44.

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.



Pender County:

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pender County, NC (10,304 out of 55,126 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14%. The largest demographic living in poverty is Female 25-34, followed by Female 18-24 and then Female 45-54.

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.



North Carolina:


15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in North Carolina (1.52M out of 9.9M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14%. The largest demographic living in poverty is Female 25-34, followed by Female 18-24 and then Female 35-44.

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.

Employment / Unemployment

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County Unemployment Rate
New Hanover County 5.8
Brunswick County 6.6
Pender County 9.4

 

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    New Hanover County:

    From 2015 to 2016, employment in New Hanover County, NC grew at a rate of 2.1%, from 103,718 employees to 105,891 employees.

    The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Hanover County, NC, are Management, Business, Science, & Arts, Sales & Office, and Service. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of New Hanover County, NC.



    Brunswick County:

    From 2015 to 2016, employment in Brunswick County, NC grew at a rate of 3.11%, from 45,213 employees to 46,618 employees.

    The most common job groups, by number of people living in Brunswick County, NC, are Management, Business, Science, & Arts, Sales & Office, and Service. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Brunswick County, NC.




    Pender County:

    From 2015 to 2016, employment in Pender County, NC grew at a rate of 1.95%, from 23,242 employees to 23,695 employees.

    The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pender County, NC, are Management, Business, Science, & Arts, Sales & Office, and Service. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pender County, NC.

     

Unemployment is the percentage of the civilian labor force, age 16 and older, that is unemployed but seeking work. Data collected in 2016 by The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Insurance Status


  Uninsured - All Uninsured Adults Uninsured Children
New Hanover County 12 15
Brunswick County 15  18 
Pender County  14 18  6
North Carolina  13 16 

Uninsured Adults

Uninsured Adults is the percentage of the population ages 18 to 64 that has no health insurance coverage in a given county. Data collected in 2015 by the US Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program.

Uninsured Children

Uninsured Children is the percentage of the population under age 19 that has no health insurance coverage. Data collected in 2015 by the US Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program.

Uninsured - All

Uninsured is the percentage of the population under age 65 that has no health insurance coverage. Data collected in 2015 by the US Census Bureau's Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program.


 New Hanover County:

  • Total population with health insurance: 86%
  • Private insurance purchased/workplace: 60%

Pender County:

  • 18% of residents do not have health coverage

Education

  New Hanover County  Brunswick County  Pender County 
Public Elementary Schools  26  10 
Public Middle Schools 
Public High Schools 
Private Schools  14 
Colleges 
Residents with at least a high school diploma/equivalent  90.6%  86.3%   
Dropout Rate  1.91  2.08  1.31 

High School Graduation

High School Graduation is the percentage of the ninth-grade cohort in public schools that graduates from high school in four years. Data represents 2014-2015.


High School Graduation (%) 
New Hanover County  82% 
Brunswick County  83% 
Pender County  90% 
North Carolina  86% 

Some College

Some College is the percentage of the population ages 25-44 with some post-secondary education, such as enrollment in vocational/technical schools, junior colleges, or four-year colleges. It includes individuals who pursued education following high school but did not receive a degree. Data collected from 2012-2016 by the American Community Survey (ACS)


Some College (%)
New Hanover County 75%
Brunswick County 60%
Pender County 58%
North Carolina 66%

     

    Veteran Population

    This table below shows the 2017 estimated veteran population by county.

      New Hanover Brunswick Pender
    Veterans (estimated)  15,851 13,800  5402 

    Source: Geographic Distribution of Veterans Affairs Expenditures, National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics (Department of Veterans Affairs)
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