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Getting you the information you need to make smart business decisions

You can click through the pages in this section to get many of the facts and figures you need to make decisions that are right for your organization. You also find links to other sites such as the North Carolina Department of Commerce that can provide invaluable information.

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Demographic Information

Median Age

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In 2019 the average median age in the NC East region was 42.25.

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Ethnic Diversity

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Hispanic population is included in "other" percentage.

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Educational Attainment 2018

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The region has seen a continuous decrease in the percentage of residents who possess less than a High School diploma, while both those possessing an Associates Degree or Some College and a Bachelor’s Degree or higher have increased. On the state and national level, the most significant growth also occurred in those obtaining a Bachelor's Degree and above.

Income Levels 2018

Median Household Income and Per Capita Income have both steadily increased in the region. In 2018 the median household income in the region was $44,183 and the PCI was $23,850.

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Population & Growth


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In 2018 the region's population was 1.42 million according to NC Office of State Budget and Management. East NC is expected to grow at an average rate of 0.35% a year to a population of 1.48 million in July 2029.

SAT Scores

Eastern North Carolina high school students' average scores on the SAT are in line with the state average - and are trending upward. North Carolina SAT Average Score: 1091.

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Travel and Tourism Expenditures

Travel and Tourism expenditures are calculated using the Travel Economic Impact Model (TEIM) which is a disaggregated model comprised of 16 travel categories, including: lodging, food, retail, public transportation, auto transportation, and amusement/recreation. In the NC East region tourism expenditures were $3.77 billion in 2018 and increased 4.98% to $3.95 billion in 2019. See Tourism expenditures in the millions by county below.

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