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Demographics

As of 2017, NC was the 9th most populated state in the country with a population topping out at 10,273,419, according to www.census.gov (See "Top 10 Most Populous States: 2017".)

Of this number, 28,087 make their home in Cherokee County, NC, a county tucked in the Smoky Mountains and has East Tennessee, North Georgia as its neighbors.

Here are the latest Economy and Business stats from census.gov regarding far western North Carolina.

Economy

  • In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 46.4%
  • In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 43.9%
  • Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 40,981
  • Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 96,737
  • Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 317,132
  • Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 84,432
  • Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 363,600
  • Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $13,471

Transportation

  • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2013-2017 24.6

Income & Poverty

  • Median household income (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $38,115
  • Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $21,152

BUSINESSES

  • Total employer establishments, 2016 579
  • Total employment, 2016 6,486
  • Total annual payroll, 2016 ($1,000) 194,346
  • Total employment, percent change, 2015-2016 1.9%
  • Total nonemployer establishments, 2016 2,151
  • All firms, 2012 2,696
  • Men-owned firms, 2012 1,581
  • Women-owned firms, 2012 788
  • Minority-owned firms, 2012 133
  • Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 2,440
  • Veteran-owned firms, 2012 244
  • Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012
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