Swain County, NC

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2020 Population
14,241
0.133% 1-year decline
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
42.3
0.955% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
17%
2.85% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$45,554
15.9% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$149,300
7.33% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Swain County, NC had a population of 14.2k people with a median age of 42.3 and a median household income of $45,554. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Swain County, NC declined from 14,260 to 14,241, a −0.133% decrease and its median household income grew from $39,317 to $45,554, a 15.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Swain County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (28.3%), White (Hispanic) (3.62%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.44%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (1.88%).

None of the households in Swain 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.

98.4% of the residents in Swain County, NC are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Swain County, NC was $149,300, and the homeownership rate was 74.8%.

Most people in Swain County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Swain County, NC was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Swain County, NC is home to a population of 14.2k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.88% of Swain County, NC residents were born outside of the country (410 people).

In 2020, there were 2.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (8.71k people) in Swain County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.03k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 515 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.4%
2020 Citizenship
98.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.4% of Swain County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Swain County, NC was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Swain County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.71k ± 21
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    4.03k ± 205
  3. White (Hispanic)
    515 ± 186
6.04%
Hispanic Population
860 people

In 2020, there were 2.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (8.71k people) in Swain County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.03k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 515 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.04% of the people in Swain County, NC are hispanic (860 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

2.88%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
410 people
2.77%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
395 people

As of 2020, 2.88% of Swain County, NC residents (410 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 Swain County, NC was 2.77%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    195 ± 95
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    113 ± 86
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    84 ± 57

Swain County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Swain County, NC employs 5.9k people. The largest industries in Swain County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (837 people), Public Administration (733 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (647 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($50,042), Information ($49,000), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,023).

Occupations

5.9k
2020 Value
± 576
4.54%
1 Year growth
± 12.4%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Swain County, NC grew at a rate of 4.54%, from 5.64k employees to 5.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Swain County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (601 people), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (582 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (478 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Swain County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

5.9k
2020 Value
± 576
4.54%
1 Year growth
± 12.4%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Swain County, NC grew at a rate of 4.54%, from 5.64k employees to 5.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Swain County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (837 people), Public Administration (733 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (647 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Swain County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Swain 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

$31,830
Median earning men ± $5,954
$29,027
Median earning women ± $4,188

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($50,383), Public Administration ($47,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,402).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Information ($61,250), Public Administration ($54,135), and Manufacturing ($41,190).

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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. 126
    Retail Trade
  2. 125
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  3. 72
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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

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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 Swain County, NC went to Donald J. Trump with 58.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.02%).

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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Awarded Degrees over Time

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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 Swain County, NC was $149,300 in 2020, which is 0.65 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $139,100 to $149,300, a 7.33% increase. The homeownership rate in Swain County, NC is 74.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Swain County, NC have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Swain County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Swain County, NC is $45,554. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Swain County, NC was Census Tract 9603.02 with a value of $48,417, followed by Census Tract 9401 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $48,358 and $45,549.

Property

$149,300
Median Property Value 2020
±$21,622
$4,295
Median Property Taxes
±$412

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

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Rent vs Own

74.8%
Homeownership
2020
69.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 74.8% of the housing units in Swain County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9603.02
  2. Census Tract 9401
  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Swain County, NC was Census Tract 9603.02 with a value of $48,417, followed by Census Tract 9401 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $48,358 and $45,549.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Swain 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.
$45,554
Median Household Income
± $5,868
5.74k
Number of Households
± 539

In 2020, the median household income of the 5.74k households in Swain County, NC grew to $45,554 from the previous year's value of $39,317.

The following chart displays the households in Swain 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 Swain 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 (85.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (5.93%)
  3. Carpooled (5.58%)

In 2020, 85.2% of workers in Swain County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (5.93%) and those who carpooled to work (5.58%).

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 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Swain County, NC have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.1% of the workforce in Swain 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 Swain County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Swain County, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Swain County, NC (2.38k out of 14k 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 < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Swain County, NC is White, followed by Native American 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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77.7% of the population of Swain County, NC has health coverage, with 29.3% on employee plans, 20% on Medicaid, 15% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 2.1% 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 Swain County, NC see 1187 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1191 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1189 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 324 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% 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

1,187 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Swain County, NC

Primary care physicians in Swain County, NC see an average of 1,187 patients per year. This represents a 0.336% decrease from the previous year (1,191 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Swain 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 24.3% under 18 years, 18.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

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

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Uninsured People

22.3%
Uninsured
29.3%
Employer Coverage
20%
Medicaid
15%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
2.1%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Swain County, NC grew by 3.74% from 21.5% to 22.3%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Swain 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% in Swain County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 19.3% in Swain County, NC.

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