Columbus County, NC

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2020 Population
55,659
0.729% 1-year decline
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
41.9
0% 1-year change
2018 Poverty Rate
23.8%
0.799% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$38,487
2.28% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$94,800
6.64% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
20,231
2.35% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Columbus County, NC had a population of 55.7k people with a median age of 41.9 and a median household income of $38,487. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Columbus County, NC declined from 56,068 to 55,659, a −0.729% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,628 to $38,487, a 2.28% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Columbus County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (59.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (29.6%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (3.37%), White (Hispanic) (3.33%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.7%).

None of the households in Columbus 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.

98% of the residents in Columbus County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Columbus County, NC are Southeastern Community College (199722) (326 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Columbus County, NC was $94,800, and the homeownership rate was 72.1%.

Most people in Columbus County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Columbus County, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Columbus County, NC is home to a population of 55.7k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.69% of Columbus County, NC residents were born outside of the country (1.5k people).

In 2020, there were 2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.9k people) in Columbus County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.87k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98%
2020 Citizenship
98.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98% of Columbus County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Columbus County, NC was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Columbus County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    32.9k ± 47
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    16.5k ± 388
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.87k ± 78
5.5%
Hispanic Population
3.06k people

In 2020, there were 2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.9k people) in Columbus County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.87k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.5% of the people in Columbus County, NC are hispanic (3.06k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Columbus 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

2.69%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.5k people
2.69%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.51k people

As of 2020, 2.69% of Columbus County, NC residents (1.5k 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 Columbus County, NC was 2.69%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,299 ± 235
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    573 ± 198
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    533 ± 155

Columbus County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Columbus County, NC employs 20.2k people. The largest industries in Columbus County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,934 people), Retail Trade (2,428 people), and Manufacturing (2,298 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,360), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,827), and Wholesale Trade ($49,816).

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

20.2k
2020 Value
± 1,209
2.35%
1 Year growth
± 7.94%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Columbus County, NC grew at a rate of 2.35%, from 19.8k employees to 20.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Columbus County, NC, are Sales & Related Occupations (2,162 people), Production Occupations (1,752 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,516 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Columbus County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

20.2k
2020 Value
± 1,209
2.35%
1 Year growth
± 7.94%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Columbus County, NC grew at a rate of 2.35%, from 19.8k employees to 20.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Columbus County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,934 people), Retail Trade (2,428 people), and Manufacturing (2,298 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Columbus County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Columbus 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

$35,538
Median earning men ± $2,784
$29,155
Median earning women ± $2,427

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($57,036), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,349), and Wholesale Trade ($48,934).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,704), Wholesale Trade ($54,375), and Public Administration ($38,244).

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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. 503
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 255
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 250
    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. $344k
    Manufacturing
  2. $203k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $132k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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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 Columbus County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 63.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.333%).

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.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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In 2020, universities in Columbus County, NC awarded 326 degrees. The student population of Columbus County, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 427 male students and 844 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Columbus County, NC are White (226 and 69.8%), followed by Black or African American (43 and 13.3%), American Indian or Alaska Native (20 and 6.17%), and Hispanic or Latino (15 and 4.63%).

The largest universities in Columbus County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Southeastern Community College (199722) (326 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Columbus County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (133 and 40.8%), General Business Administration & Management (21 and 6.44%), and Electrical, Electronic, & Communications Engineering Technology (18 and 5.52%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 1,271 students enrolled in Columbus County, NC, 33.6% men and 66.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 805 records, of which 63.7% were women and 36.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 133 degree-majors awarded
  2. 17 degree-majors awarded
  3. 14 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Columbus County, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 133 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
326 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southeastern Community College (199722) with 326 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 144 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Columbus County, NC, which is 0.791 times less than the 182 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 226 degrees mean that there were 5.26 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 43 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($168) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,500) 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 Columbus County, NC was $94,800 in 2020, which is 0.413 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $88,900 to $94,800, a 6.64% increase. The homeownership rate in Columbus County, NC is 72.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Columbus County, NC have an average commute time of 29.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Columbus County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Columbus County, NC is $38,487. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Columbus County, NC was Census Tract 9308 with a value of $58,750, followed by Census Tract 9303 and Census Tract 9306, with respective values of $52,865 and $51,419.

In 2021, 15.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Columbus County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.61%.

Property

$94,800
Median Property Value 2020
±$8,851
$15,531
Median Property Taxes
±$981

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

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

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Rent vs Own

72.1%
Homeownership
2020
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 72.1% of the housing units in Columbus County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 72.5%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Columbus County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9308
  2. Census Tract 9303
  3. Census Tract 9306

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Columbus County, NC was Census Tract 9308 with a value of $58,750, followed by Census Tract 9303 and Census Tract 9306, with respective values of $52,865 and $51,419.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Columbus 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.
$38,487
Median Household Income
± $3,056
21.5k
Number of Households
± 1,154

In 2020, the median household income of the 21.5k households in Columbus County, NC grew to $38,487 from the previous year's value of $37,628.

The following chart displays the households in Columbus 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Columbus 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (86%)
  2. Carpooled (9.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.38%)

In 2020, 86% of workers in Columbus County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.4%) and those who worked at home (2.38%).

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

29.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Columbus County, NC have a longer commute time (29.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.9% of the workforce in Columbus 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 Columbus County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Columbus County, NC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 15.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Columbus County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.61%.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Columbus County, NC (12.7k out of 53.2k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Columbus County, 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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 32.5% of the children was living in poverty in Columbus County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 2.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 388 in Columbus County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 61.6 per 100,000 population.

The graph shows the trend in the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population.

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86.4% of the population of Columbus County, NC has health coverage, with 31.1% on employee plans, 25.3% on Medicaid, 16.6% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.17% 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 Columbus County, NC see 2929 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.95% increase from the previous year (2664 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4270 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 721 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

2,929 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Columbus County, NC

Primary care physicians in Columbus County, NC see an average of 2,929 patients per year. This represents a 9.95% increase from the previous year (2,664 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Columbus 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 22.8% under 18 years, 18.5% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.5% 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

13.6%
Uninsured
31.1%
Employer Coverage
25.3%
Medicaid
16.6%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
1.17%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Columbus County, NC grew by 7.83% from 12.6% to 13.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Columbus 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 74 in Columbus 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 45% in Columbus County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 15.6% in Columbus County, NC.

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