Jackson County, NC

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2020 Population
43,435
1.16% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
38.5
2.12% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
18%
3.53% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$46,820
0.914% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$206,900
5.51% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
19,149
0.96% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Jackson County, NC had a population of 43.4k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $46,820. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Jackson County, NC grew from 42,938 to 43,435, a 1.16% increase and its median household income declined from $47,252 to $46,820, a −0.914% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Jackson County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.6%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (7.35%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.11%), Other (Hispanic) (2.66%), and White (Hispanic) (2.39%).

None of the households in Jackson 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.

97.4% of the residents in Jackson County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jackson County, NC are Western Carolina University (3,057 degrees awarded in 2020) and Southwestern Community College (199731) (664 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Jackson County, NC was $206,900, and the homeownership rate was 63.7%.

Most people in Jackson County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Jackson County, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Jackson County, NC is home to a population of 43.4k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.22% of Jackson County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.4k people).

In 2020, there were 11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (35k people) in Jackson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.19k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 1.35k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.4%
2020 Citizenship
97%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.4% of Jackson County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Jackson County, NC was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Jackson County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    35k ± 62
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    3.19k ± 235
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.35k ± 344
6.13%
Hispanic Population
2.66k people

In 2020, there were 11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (35k people) in Jackson County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.19k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 1.35k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.13% of the people in Jackson County, NC are hispanic (2.66k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.22%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.4k people
3.57%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.54k people

As of 2020, 3.22% of Jackson County, NC residents (1.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Jackson County, NC was 3.57%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,394 ± 295
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    446 ± 195
  3. Korea
    237 ± 121

Jackson County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.13 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Jackson County, NC employs 19.1k people. The largest industries in Jackson County, NC are Educational Services (2,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,694 people), and Retail Trade (2,630 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,602), Wholesale Trade ($48,088), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,950).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

19.1k
2020 Value
± 1,271
0.96%
1 Year growth
± 8.74%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Jackson County, NC grew at a rate of 0.96%, from 19k employees to 19.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jackson County, NC, are Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,091 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,904 people), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1,814 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jackson County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

19.1k
2020 Value
± 1,271
0.96%
1 Year growth
± 8.74%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Jackson County, NC grew at a rate of 0.96%, from 19k employees to 19.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jackson County, NC, are Educational Services (2,979 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,694 people), and Retail Trade (2,630 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jackson County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Jackson 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

$30,682
Median earning men ± $2,281
$26,460
Median earning women ± $3,099

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($55,887), Wholesale Trade ($48,382), and Public Administration ($42,431).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,833), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($35,873), and Public Administration ($34,719).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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. 313
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 227
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 204
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $184k
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  2. $175k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $55.1k
    Retail Trade

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Jackson County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 53% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.2%).

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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learningEducation

In 2020, universities in Jackson County, NC awarded 3,721 degrees. The student population of Jackson County, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 6,089 male students and 8,413 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jackson County, NC are White (2,977 and 81.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (207 and 5.68%), Black or African American (182 and 4.99%), and Two or More Races (128 and 3.51%).

The largest universities in Jackson County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Western Carolina University (3,057 and 82.2%) and Southwestern Community College (199731) (664 and 17.8%).

The most popular majors in Jackson County, NC are General Business Administration & Management (303 and 8.14%), Registered Nursing (261 and 7.01%), and General Psychology (167 and 4.49%).

The median tuition cost in Jackson County, NC for a public four year colleges is $1,000 for in-state students and $5,000 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2020 in Jackson County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 48.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 25%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 14,502 (42% men and 58% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 14,502 students enrolled in Jackson County, NC, 42% men and 58% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 11,309 records, of which 58.2% were women and 41.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 163 degree-majors awarded
  2. 196 degree-majors awarded
  3. 178 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jackson County, NC was General Psychology with 163 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Jackson County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,057 degrees awarded
  2. 664 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Carolina University with 3,057 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 1,495 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jackson County, NC, which is 0.672 times less than the 2,226 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,977 degrees mean that there were 14.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 207 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 2-year ($2,128) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,285) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Jackson County, NC was $206,900 in 2020, which is 0.9 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $196,100 to $206,900, a 5.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Jackson County, NC is 63.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Jackson County, NC have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Jackson County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Jackson County, NC is $46,820. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Jackson County, NC was Census Tract 9509 with a value of $61,893, followed by Census Tract 9502 and Census Tract 9504, with respective values of $55,938 and $55,267.

In 2021, 15.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Jackson County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.486%.

Property

$206,900
Median Property Value 2020
±$12,610
$10,827
Median Property Taxes
±$779

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 Jackson County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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

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Rent vs Own

63.7%
Homeownership
2020
69.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 63.7% of the housing units in Jackson County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9509
  2. Census Tract 9502
  3. Census Tract 9504

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jackson County, NC was Census Tract 9509 with a value of $61,893, followed by Census Tract 9502 and Census Tract 9504, with respective values of $55,938 and $55,267.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$46,820
Median Household Income
± $2,763
17k
Number of Households
± 1,088

In 2020, the median household income of the 17k households in Jackson County, NC declined from $46,820 from the previous year's value of $47,252.

The following chart displays the households in Jackson 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Jackson County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.8%)
  2. Carpooled (9.09%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.35%)

In 2020, 79.8% of workers in Jackson County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.09%) and those who worked at home (5.35%).

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

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jackson County, NC have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.827% of the workforce in Jackson 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 Jackson County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Jackson County, NC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 15.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Jackson County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 0.486%.

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Poverty & Diversity

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jackson County, NC (7.12k out of 39.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jackson County, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 24.8% of the children was living in poverty in Jackson County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 4.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 214 in Jackson County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 176 per 100,000 population.

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pulseHealth

85.6% of the population of Jackson County, NC has health coverage, with 39.9% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 14.9% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.96% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Jackson County, NC see 1083 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.838% increase from the previous year (1074 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2092 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 228 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.1% were men and 53.9% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,083 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Jackson County, NC

Primary care physicians in Jackson County, NC see an average of 1,083 patients per year. This represents a 0.838% increase from the previous year (1,074 patients).

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.9% under 18 years, 26.7% between 18 and 34 years, 33.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.1% were men and 53.9% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

14.4%
Uninsured
39.9%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
14.9%
Medicare
14.5%
Non-Group
1.96%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jackson County, NC grew by 10.4% from 13.1% to 14.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Jackson County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.2 in Jackson County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 28.4% in Jackson County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 17.4% in Jackson County, NC.

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