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 through the list to your county 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.

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