The Budget & Tax Center’s Economic Snapshot is an annual publication that lists key economic and social indicators at the county level in North Carolina, providing an overall picture of how well-being varies through the state. This data profile includes indicators on employment, poverty and income, affordable housing, health, education, and supports for working families — all of which come from a variety of credible sources.

Click on your county to download a PDF of your Snapshot, or scroll to the bottom of the page for mobile-friendly links.

Note: This County Snapshot provides a pre-COVID-19 economic picture of counties throughout North Carolina.

Data Sources

Population Changes

  • NC Office of State Budget and Management, Population Estimates, July 2010 (actual) and 2020 (projected).

Poverty and Economic Hardship

  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2014-2018.
  • US Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, 2018.

Jobs and Ability to Afford the Basics

  • NC Budget and Tax Center, Living Income Standard, 2019.
  • NC Department of Commerce, Occupational Employment Statistics, Dec 2007, Dec 2018, Dec 2019
  • NCWorks Online, Advertised Job Data and Local Area Unemployment Statistics (not seasonally adjusted) Feb 2020.
  • US Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, 2018.

Access to Affordable Housing

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach, 2019.
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2014-2018.

Healthy Lives and Communities

  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, 2019.
  • NC State Center for Health Statistics, 2016-2018.
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2014-2018.
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services, FNS Case Data, 2019 & NC Office of State Budget and Management, Population Estimates, July 2020.

Educational Attainment

  • NC Department of Public Instruction, 4-Year Cohort 2018-2019.
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2014-2018.

Previous County Snapshots

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North Carolina (PDF) Alamance County (PDF) Alexander County (PDF) Alleghany County (PDF) Anson County (PDF) Ashe County (PDF) Avery County (PDF) Beaufort County (PDF) Bertie County (PDF) Bladen County (PDF) Brunswick County (PDF) Buncombe County (PDF) Burke County (PDF) Cabarrus County (PDF) Caldwell County (PDF) Camden County (PDF) Carteret County (PDF) Caswell County (PDF) Catawba County (PDF) Chatham County (PDF) Cherokee County (PDF) Chowan County (PDF) Clay County (PDF) Cleveland County (PDF) Craven County (PDF) Columbus County (PDF) Cumberland County (PDF) Currituck County (PDF) Dare County (PDF) Davidson County (PDF) Davie County (PDF) Duplin County (PDF) Durham County (PDF) Edgecombe County (PDF) Forsyth County (PDF) Franklin County (PDF) Gaston County (PDF) Gates County (PDF) Graham County (PDF) Granville County (PDF) Greene County (PDF) Guilford County (PDF) Halifax County (PDF) Harnett County (PDF) Haywood County (PDF) Henderson County (PDF) Hertford County (PDF) Hoke County (PDF) Hyde County (PDF) Iredell County (PDF) Jackson County (PDF) Johnston County (PDF) Jones County (PDF) Lee County (PDF) Lenoir County (PDF) Lincoln County (PDF) Macon County (PDF) Madison County (PDF) Martin County (PDF) McDowell County (PDF) Mecklenburg County (PDF) Mitchell County (PDF) Montgomery County (PDF) Moore County (PDF) Nash County (PDF) New Hanover County (PDF) Northampton County (PDF) Onslow County (PDF) Orange County (PDF) Pamlico County (PDF) Pasquotank County (PDF) Pender County (PDF) Perquimans County (PDF) Person County (PDF) Pitt County (PDF) Polk County (PDF) Randolph County (PDF) Richmond County (PDF) Robeson County (PDF) Rockingham County (PDF) Rowan County (PDF) Rutherford County (PDF) Sampson County (PDF) Scotland County (PDF) Stanly County (PDF) Stokes County (PDF) Surry County (PDF) Swain County (PDF) Transylvania County (PDF) Tyrrell County (PDF) Union County (PDF) Vance County (PDF) Wake County (PDF) Warren County (PDF) Washington County (PDF) Watauga County (PDF) Wayne County (PDF) Wilkes County (PDF) Wilson County (PDF) Yadkin County (PDF) Yancey County (PDF)