Each year, the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center publishes Economic County Snapshots for all 100 of the state’s counties.
The 2022 reports were released last week, and include indicators on employment, poverty and income, housing, health, education, and supports for working families — all of which come from a variety of sources.
Some of the report’s findings from the northeast corner of the state include:
- Currituck County had the fourth-highest median family income in North Carolina, $73,700, behind only Wake (Raleigh), Mecklenburg (Charlotte) and Orange (Chapel Hill). Washington County (Plymouth, Creswell) has the state’s lowest at $30,900. The statewide average is $56,600.
- Camden County has the state’s lowest percentage of people living in poverty at 6 percent. Washington County was tied with two others for North Carolina’s highest at 27 percent.
- The percentage of residents of each county without health insurance ranged between 7 and 12 percent. Hyde County had the state’s second highest at 24 percent.
- Currituck has the area’s highest fair market rent for a two-bedroom home at $1,150 which is around the same price to rent a similar home in the Triangle and Charlotte metropolitan areas.
- High school graduation rates were above 75 percent in every county in the region, with Hyde having a near perfect rate.
North Carolina Budget and Tax Center’s Economic County Snapshots: