County Economic Insights 2021 – North Carolina Justice Center

The Budget & Tax Center Economic Overview is an annual publication that lists key economic and social indicators at the county level of North Carolina, providing a holistic picture of how well-being varies across 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.

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Note: Many data points in these county snapshots reflect pre-COVID-19 conditions.

Information source

Demographic changes

Candidates by vacant position

Low income people

Table 1: Poverty and economic difficulties

Table 2: Employment

Table 3: Level of education

  • NC Department of Public Instruction
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015-2019, Tables S1501 and S2002. Available at
    • Data on baccalaureate degrees relate to the population aged 25 and over.

Table 4: Income and ability to pay basic expenses

Table 5: Access to affordable housing

Table 6: Healthy Lives and Communities

Previews of the previous county

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