Burlington, NC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
171,779
1.53% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.1
0.256% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.2%
0.974% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$60,866
10.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$197,700
17.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
82,298
3.71% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Burlington, NC had a population of 172k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $60,866. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Burlington, NC grew from 169,185 to 171,779, a 1.53% increase and its median household income grew from $55,078 to $60,866, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Burlington, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (19.4%), Other (Hispanic) (6.27%), White (Hispanic) (4.34%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.47%).

None of the households in Burlington, 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.

95% of the residents in Burlington, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Burlington, NC are Elon University (2,099 degrees awarded in 2022), Alamance Community College (1,271 degrees), and Beyond Measure Barbering Institute (13 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Burlington, NC was $197,700, and the homeownership rate was 66%.

Most people in Burlington, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Burlington, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Burlington, NC is home to a population of 172k people, from which 95% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.36% of Burlington, NC residents were born outside of the country (14.4k people).

In 2022, there were 3.15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (105k people) in Burlington, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.8k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95%
2022 Citizenship
94.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95% of Burlington, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Burlington, NC was 94.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Burlington, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    105k ± 371
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    33.4k ± 726
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    10.8k ± 1.28k
13.5%
Hispanic Population
23.2k people

In 2022, there were 3.15 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (105k people) in Burlington, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 33.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 10.8k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.5% of the people in Burlington, NC are hispanic (23.2k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.36%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
14.4k people
8.34%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
14.1k people

As of 2022, 8.36% of Burlington, NC residents (14.4k 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 Burlington, NC was 8.34%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,395 ± 349
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,604 ± 362
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,582 ± 305

Burlington, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Burlington, NC employs 82.3k people. The largest industries in Burlington, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,641 people), Manufacturing (11,498 people), and Retail Trade (10,793 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,250), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,667), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($60,569).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

82.3k
2022 Value
± 2,367
3.71%
1 Year growth
± 3.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Burlington, NC grew at a rate of 3.71%, from 79.4k employees to 82.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Burlington, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,108 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,707 people), and Management Occupations (8,059 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Burlington, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

82.3k
2022 Value
± 2,367
3.71%
1 Year growth
± 3.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Burlington, NC grew at a rate of 3.71%, from 79.4k employees to 82.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Burlington, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,641 people), Manufacturing (11,498 people), and Retail Trade (10,793 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Burlington, NC, though some of these residents may live in Burlington, 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

$44,614
Median earning men ± $1,854
$35,720
Median earning women ± $1,819

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($60,917), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($60,543), and Information ($59,398).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($52,297), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($44,480), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($43,235).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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. 1,203
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 776
    Retail Trade
  3. 767
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

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

In 2022, universities in Burlington, NC awarded 3,383 degrees. The student population of Burlington, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,414 male students and 6,709 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Burlington, NC are White (2,412 and 73.5%), followed by Black or African American (344 and 10.5%), Hispanic or Latino (306 and 9.32%), and Two or More Races (92 and 2.8%).

The largest universities in Burlington, NC by number of degrees awarded are Elon University (2,099 and 62%), Alamance Community College (1,271 and 37.6%), and Beyond Measure Barbering Institute (13 and 0.384%).

The most popular majors in Burlington, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (258 and 7.63%), General Business Administration & Management (167 and 4.94%), and General Finance (152 and 4.49%).

The median tuition cost in Burlington, NC for private four year colleges is $41,734.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Burlington, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 12.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 11,123 (39.7% men and 60.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 11,123 students enrolled in Burlington, NC, 39.7% men and 60.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 7,625 records, of which 59.4% were women and 40.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 122 degrees awarded
  2. 111 degrees awarded
  3. 152 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Burlington, NC was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 122 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,099 degrees awarded
  2. 1,271 degrees awarded
  3. 13 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Elon University with 2,099 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,277 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Burlington, NC, which is 0.606 times less than the 2,106 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 2,412 degrees mean that there were 7.01 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 344 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($41,734) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($507) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,960) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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 Burlington, NC was $197,700 in 2022, which is 0.701 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $168,900 to $197,700, a 17.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Burlington, NC is 66%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Burlington, NC have an average commute time of 25.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Burlington, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Burlington, NC is $60,866. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Burlington, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

Property

$197,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,949
$44,487
Median Property Taxes
±$1,608

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 Burlington, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66%
Homeownership
2022
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66% of the housing units in Burlington, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Burlington, NC was Wake County, NC with a value of $96,734, followed by Union County, NC and Orange County, NC, with respective values of $95,533 and $85,785.

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

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Household Income

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$60,866
Median Household Income
± $2,024
67.4k
Number of Households
± 2,034

In 2022, the median household income of the 67.4k households in Burlington, NC grew to $60,866 from the previous year's value of $55,078.

The following chart displays the households in Burlington, 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 Burlington, 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 (81.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.41%)
  3. Carpooled (7.93%)

In 2022, 81.7% of workers in Burlington, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.41%) and those who carpooled to work (7.93%).

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Commute Time

25.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Burlington, NC have a shorter commute time (25.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.98% of the workforce in Burlington, 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 Burlington, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Burlington, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Burlington, NC (23.8k out of 167k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

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

90.3% of the population of Burlington, NC has health coverage, with 46.5% on employee plans, 16.3% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.53% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see 1399 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1405 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 363 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,399 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in North Carolina

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,399 patients per year. This represents a 0.427% decrease from the previous year (1,405 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.4% under 18 years, 20.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.74%
Uninsured
46.5%
Employer Coverage
16.3%
Medicaid
14%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
1.53%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Burlington, NC declined by 7.42% from 10.5% to 9.74%.

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