Clay County, NC

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2022 Population
11,186
1.72% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
54.1
1.12% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.5%
4.86% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$57,065
21% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$251,900
20.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Clay County, NC had a population of 11.2k people with a median age of 54.1 and a median household income of $57,065. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Clay County, NC grew from 10,997 to 11,186, a 1.72% increase and its median household income grew from $47,155 to $57,065, a 21% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Clay County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.7%), White (Hispanic) (2.78%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.14%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.09%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.07%).

None of the households in Clay County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Clay County, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Clay County, NC was $251,900, and the homeownership rate was 79.7%.

Most people in Clay County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Clay County, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Clay County, NC is home to a population of 11.2k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.02% of Clay County, NC residents were born outside of the country (450 people).

In 2022, there were 33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.3k people) in Clay County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 311 White (Hispanic) and 128 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2022 Citizenship
99.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.3% of Clay County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Clay County, NC was 99.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Clay County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10.3k ± 92
  2. White (Hispanic)
    311 ± 101
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    128 ± 87
3.86%
Hispanic Population
432 people

In 2022, there were 33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (10.3k people) in Clay County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 311 White (Hispanic) and 128 Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.86% of the people in Clay County, NC are hispanic (432 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Clay County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.02%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
450 people
3.06%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
336 people

As of 2022, 4.02% of Clay County, NC residents (450 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Clay County, NC was 3.06%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    392 ± 139
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    63 ± 74
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    29 ± 31

Clay County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 6.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Clay County, NC employs 4.39k people. The largest industries in Clay County, NC are Retail Trade (712 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (590 people), and Construction (422 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($76,154), Utilities ($62,634), and Health Care & Social Assistance ($61,250).

Occupations

4.39k
2022 Value
± 594
−3.84%
1 Year decline
± 19.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Clay County, NC declined at a rate of −3.84%, from 4.56k employees to 4.39k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Clay County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (662 people), Management Occupations (450 people), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (383 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Clay County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

4.39k
2022 Value
± 594
−3.84%
1 Year decline
± 19.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Clay County, NC declined at a rate of −3.84%, from 4.56k employees to 4.39k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Clay County, NC, are Retail Trade (712 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (590 people), and Construction (422 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Clay County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Clay County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$38,635
Median earning men ± $6,739
$36,131
Median earning women ± $12,173

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($59,583), Wholesale Trade ($53,889), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,686).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($70,417), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($59,329), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,774).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 50
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 49
    Retail Trade
  3. 41
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Clay County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 74.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (24.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.667%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Clay County, NC was $251,900 in 2022, which is 0.894 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $208,600 to $251,900, a 20.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Clay County, NC is 79.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Clay County, NC have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Clay County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$251,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$25,123
$3,900
Median Property Taxes
±$514

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Clay County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Clay County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

79.7%
Homeownership
2022
61.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 79.7% of the housing units in Clay County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.7%.

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Income by Location

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

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Household Income

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$57,065
Median Household Income
± $12,015
4.89k
Number of Households
± 580

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.89k households in Clay County, NC grew to $57,065 from the previous year's value of $47,155.

The following chart displays the households in Clay County, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Clay County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.9%)
  2. Carpooled (12.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.22%)

In 2022, 75.9% of workers in Clay County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.1%) and those who worked at home (7.22%).

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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Commute Time

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Clay County, NC have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.87% of the workforce in Clay County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Clay County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Clay County, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Clay County, NC (1.49k out of 11.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clay County, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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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Health

84.7% of the population of Clay County, NC has health coverage, with 32.1% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 24.7% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 0.747% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Clay County, NC see 1872 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.862% increase from the previous year (1856 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1438 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 677 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.9% were men and 54.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,872 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Clay County, NC

Primary care physicians in Clay County, NC see an average of 1,872 patients per year. This represents a 0.862% increase from the previous year (1,856 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Clay County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 18.7% under 18 years, 11% between 18 and 34 years, 38.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 31.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.9% were men and 54.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

15.3%
Uninsured
32.1%
Employer Coverage
13.3%
Medicaid
24.7%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
0.747%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Clay County, NC grew by 3.69% from 14.7% to 15.3%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.1% in Clay County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 17.2% in Clay County, NC.

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