MEDIA ADVISORY: Census releases income, housing and health insurance data data for North Carolina and its localities
The data released today differs from what was previously planned, but still contains vital information for media members
- Local health insurance data that will provide a new look at the state of the uninsured in North Carolina.
For the first time ever, local data about the uninsured - including whether people have private or public insurance - will be available. For example, reporters can see how many people don't have health insurance by Congressional District or by county. The numbers underscore the need for Congress to pass a comprehensive health reform bill right away.
- Housing data is available: reporters can discover how many renter households in North Carolina or certain localities are paying 35 percent or more of their income on rent.
- Median income on state and local level. Some intriguing median income finding include:
- 2008 Median Income in North Carolina ($46,549) is a slight (yet statistically insignificant) increase over 2007 ($46,386)
- 2008 NC Median Income is $5,480 below the national median income of $52,029. The national median income fell by $661 between 2007 and 2008 (statistically significant drop)
- NC ranks 39th out of 50 states in median income. In other words, 38 states have a higher median income than North Carolina including Georgia, Virginia, and Florida.
- Of the 36 counties for which we have local data, Wake County had the highest median income in 2008 ($65,180) and Wilkes County had the lowest ($29,705)
- Brunswick County experienced the largest gain in median income between 2007 and 2008, increasing by $6,511 to $46,179.
- Wilkes County experienced the largest drop in median income between 2007 and 2008, decreasing by $6,000 to $29,705