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McDowell County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2017: 46,059 (30% urban, 70% rural); it was 42,151 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,270
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,842
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 12,816
Renter-occupied apartments: 4,726 (it was 3,788 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

33%

Land area: 442 sq. mi.

Water area: 4.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 104 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in McDowell County: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (36.3%), Construction (18.1%), Retail trade (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 25%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in McDowell County, NC (2017)
    • 39,97594.8%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,8576.8%Hispanic or Latino
    • 1,7634.2%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 4711.1%Two or more races
    • 3580.8%Asian alone
    • 1840.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1780.4%Some other race alone
    • 180.04%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

43.8 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years
Males: 23,184  (50.3%)
Females: 22,875  (49.7%)
Average household size:
McDowell County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,650 ($32,396 in 1999)
This county:

$40,650
North Carolina:

$52,752

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $481 (lower quartile is $385, upper quartile is $602)
This county:

$481
State:

$698


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $117,394 (it was $64,800 in 2000)
McDowell:

$117,394
North Carolina:

$171,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $68,142 - $188,010
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $926
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $263

Institutionalized population: 1,213

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 8
  • Assaults: 17
  • Burglaries: 296
  • Thefts: 320
  • Auto thefts: 69

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 15
  • Assaults: 18
  • Burglaries: 251
  • Thefts: 292
  • Auto thefts: 53
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 131 buildings, average cost: $91,600
  • 1998: 126 buildings, average cost: $100,400
  • 1999: 133 buildings, average cost: $110,800
  • 2000: 122 buildings, average cost: $108,200
  • 2001: 123 buildings, average cost: $108,800
  • 2002: 169 buildings, average cost: $118,100
  • 2003: 160 buildings, average cost: $130,100
  • 2004: 231 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 2005: 211 buildings, average cost: $165,700
  • 2006: 216 buildings, average cost: $197,900
  • 2007: 256 buildings, average cost: $210,200
  • 2008: 156 buildings, average cost: $247,000
  • 2009: 107 buildings, average cost: $320,200
  • 2010: 115 buildings, average cost: $189,400
  • 2011: 111 buildings, average cost: $244,700
  • 2012: 98 buildings, average cost: $337,200
  • 2013: 110 buildings, average cost: $279,800
  • 2014: 106 buildings, average cost: $273,100
  • 2015: 82 buildings, average cost: $312,600
  • 2016: 81 buildings, average cost: $261,600
  • 2017: 112 buildings, average cost: $303,500
Number of permits per 10,000 McDowell, NC residents
Average permit cost in McDowell, NC
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $794 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $544 (0.6%)

Distribution of median household income in McDowell, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in McDowell, NC in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in McDowell, NC in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 17.5%
McDowell County:

17.5%
North Carolina:

14.7%
(16.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.0% for Black residents, 25.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.7% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.9% for other race residents, 29.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 43.8 years old
(Males: 41.3 years old, Females: 45.9 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46.1 years old, Black residents: 32.4 years old, American Indian residents: 39.4 years old, Asian residents: 41.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20.2 years old, Other race residents: 17.4 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in McDowell County is $431 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $557 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $688 a month.

Cities in this county include: Marion, West Marion, Old Fort.

McDowell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Neighboring counties: Harding County, New Mexico , Buncombe County , Santa Fe County, New Mexico , Greene County , Mississippi County, Arkansas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.9%
North Carolina:

4.1%

Unemployment by year in McDowell, NC
County total employment by year in McDowell, NC
County average yearly wages by year in McDowell, NC

Current college students: 1,318
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,913 (28.3% naturalized citizens)

McDowell County:

4.2%
Whole state:

8.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 3612010 or later
  • 4792000 to 2009
  • 7291990 to 1999
  • 1871980 to 1989
  • 731970 to 1979
  • 105Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.7%

McDowell County marital status for males McDowell County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 13,429
  • One, attached: 181
  • Two: 427
  • 3 or 4: 277
  • 5 to 9: 286
  • 10 to 19: 135
  • 20 to 49: 14
  • 50 or more: 114
  • Mobile homes: 6,487
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 164

Housing units in McDowell County with a mortgage: 6,204 (125 second mortgage, 595 home equity loan, 48 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 7,046

Here:

46.2% with mortgage
State:

63.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for McDowell County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant15,65478
Mainline Protestant2,40623
Catholic4601
Other4262
Black Protestant4203
None25,823-
McDowell County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 11
McDowell County:

2.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
This county:

1.38 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
McDowell County:

6.43 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 25
This county:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
McDowell County:

10.9%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
McDowell County:

32.2%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.2%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in McDowell County:

Average size of farms: 87 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $80,681
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2770.42
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 64.93%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 31.95%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $40,786
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 22.87%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.49%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,578
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.26%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.68
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 15.86%
Corn for grain: 260 harvested acres
Vegetables: 11 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 56 acres

Earthquake activity:

McDowell County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 128.1 miles away from McDowell County center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 203.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 108.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 219.3 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 101.7 miles away from McDowell County center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 104.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North Carolina Severe Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 25, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1871: February 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1871, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3222: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1553: September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Tropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 07, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1546: September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: 1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North Carolina Severe Ice Storm, Incident Period: December 04, 2002 to December 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1448: December 12, 2002, FEMA Id: 1448, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • North Carolina Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 02, 1996 to February 09, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1103: February 23, 1996, FEMA Id: 1103, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1087: January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: 1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North Carolina Severe Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared EM-3110: March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: 3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North Carolina SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: November 09, 1977, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-542: November 09, 1977, FEMA Id: 542, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: June 25, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-394: June 25, 1973, FEMA Id: 394, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in McDowell County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - McDowell

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 13,893 (80.0%)
  • Carpooled: 2,331 (13.4%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 132 (0.8%)
  • Walked: 118 (0.7%)
  • Worked at home: 810 (4.7%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (21%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (60%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • Russia (3%)
  • El Salvador (3%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Laos (3%)
  • Cuba (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in McDowell County


  • American (24%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • German (8%)
  • European (7%)
  • Scotch-Irish (6%)
  • Scottish (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in McDowell County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 752 people in state prisons
  • 397 people in nursing homes
  • 99 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 78 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 28 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 24 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 11 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 5 people in unknown juvenile institutions

People in group quarters in McDowell County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 785 people in state prisons
  • 299 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 234 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 114 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 84 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 75 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 47 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 15 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 13 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,453.

5.14% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,465 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.14%
North Carolina average:

7.88%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.48% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($25,761 average AGI)
1.66% relocated from other states ($15,703 average AGI)
McDowell County:

1.66%
North Carolina average:

3.75%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Buncombe County, NC  1.11% ($37,186 average AGI)
from Burke County, NC  0.78% ($29,336)
from Yancey County, NC  0.18% ($21,321)
from Rutherford County, NC  0.15% ($38,875)


4.73% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,020 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.73%
North Carolina average:

7.23%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.22% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($26,649 average AGI)
1.52% relocated to other states ($11,371 average AGI)
McDowell County:

1.52%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Burke County, NC  0.87% ($31,415 average AGI)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.77% ($39,167)
to Rutherford County, NC  0.21% ($27,594)
to Mitchell County, NC  0.16% ($28,480)
to Yancey County, NC  0.14% ($24,667)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.8

Births per 1000 population in McDowell County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.6

Deaths per 1000 population in McDowell County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.3

Infant deaths per 1000 population in McDowell County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 17.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in McDowell County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in McDowell County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 8,531 (6,499 aged, 2,032 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,091 (11%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in McDowell County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (533)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (465)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (428)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (347)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (241)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (231)
  • Unspecified dementia (228)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (154)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (151)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (143)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.31
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5,512
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 150
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 37,948

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,289
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,067
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 22
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 63

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 146.8. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 106.8
  • Other - 40.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 46,059
  • In family households: 38,760 (7,041 male householders, 6,079 female householders)
    9,550 spouses, 12,042 children (10,888 natural, 421 adopted, 726 stepchildren), 1,174 grandchildren, 361 brothers or sisters, 705 parents, 597 other relatives, 1,205 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 6,153 (2,502 male householders (1,973 living alone)), 2,702 female householders (2,358 living alone)), 954 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 1,133

Size of family households: 6,495 2-persons, 3,203 3-persons, 1,733 4-persons, 1,192 5-persons, 434 6-persons, 62 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,330 1-person, 840 2-persons, 43 3-persons.

5,251 married couples with children.
2,970 single-parent households (1,158 men, 1,812 women).

93.0% of residents of McDowell speak English at home.
6.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (71% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $206,525,000 ($4,771 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,772,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $112,136,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $38,554,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $216,000
Federal grants: $48,823,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,696,000 ($93,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,100,000 ($119,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $92,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,149,000
Federal Government insurance: $14,646,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,720
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,289
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +419
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +265
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents
Population growth in McDowell County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.57 millions of gallons per day (23% from ground, 77% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.5

Year house built in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Year house built in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • 4532014 or later
  • 8102010 to 2013
  • 3,3292000 to 2009
  • 3,5931990 to 1999
  • 3,4411980 to 1989
  • 2,9471970 to 1979
  • 2,3411960 to 1969
  • 1,7561950 to 1959
  • 1,0371940 to 1949
  • 1,7931939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in McDowell County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • 61 room
  • 1242 rooms
  • 4573 rooms
  • 2,1384 rooms
  • 3,3965 rooms
  • 2,9076 rooms
  • 1,8007 rooms
  • 1,0778 rooms
  • 1,2299+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • 1081 room
  • 2302 rooms
  • 7263 rooms
  • 1,3794 rooms
  • 1,4305 rooms
  • 7316 rooms
  • 2807 rooms
  • 918 rooms
  • 2269+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in McDowell County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • 5no bedroom
  • 4941 bedroom
  • 3,2292 bedrooms
  • 7,2943 bedrooms
  • 1,6214 bedrooms
  • 3755+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in McDowell County, North Carolina
  • 122no bedroom
  • 6671 bedroom
  • 2,2892 bedrooms
  • 1,6963 bedrooms
  • 2814 bedrooms
  • 1345+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 329no vehicle
  • 2,9611 vehicle
  • 5,2352 vehicles
  • 2,7493 vehicles
  • 1,3994 vehicles
  • 5205+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in McDowell County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 673no vehicle
  • 1,9621 vehicle
  • 1,7882 vehicles
  • 5933 vehicles
  • 894 vehicles
  • 1345+ vehicles

92.1% of McDowell County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 74% lived in North Carolina.

McDowell County:

92.1%
State average:

85.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 34,612
  • Other state: 8,935
  • Northeast: 1,865
  • Midwest: 1,778
  • South: 4,487
  • West: 790
Year householders moved into unit in McDowell County, NC
Most commonly used house heating fuel in McDowell County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 66.2%Electricity
  • 12.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 10.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 7.1%Wood
  • 2.5%Utility gas
  • 0.7%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 73.2%Electricity
  • 16.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.2%Wood
  • 1.3%No fuel used
  • 0.7%Utility gas

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 287
Here:

6.6%
North Carolina:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 159
Here:

7.2%
North Carolina:

10.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 255
Here:

15.2%
North Carolina:

17.9%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

McDowell County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $1,362,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $2,358,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $2,271,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,179,000
    Higher Education - Other: $895,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $697,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $378,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $273,000
    Other: $120,000
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,138,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,754,000
    Parks and Recreation: $171,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $169,000
    Housing and Community Development: $129,000
    General Public Buildings: $82,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $59,663,000
    Other Higher Education: $11,380,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,377,000
    Police Protection: $4,657,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,001,000
    Health - Other: $2,752,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,626,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,873,000
    General - Other: $1,511,000
    Financial Administration: $1,239,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,085,000
    Central Staff Services: $874,000
    Housing and Community Development: $824,000
    Libraries: $687,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $611,000
    Parks and Recreation: $319,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $259,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $115,000
    Water Utilities: $65,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $34,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,615,000
    General Local Government Support: $280,000
    Other: $29,000
    Housing and Community Development: $29,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $813,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $428,000
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $159,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $543,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $1,141,000
    Housing and Community Development: $49,000
    Other: $4,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,473,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,843,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,129,000
    Rents: $721,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $336,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Interest Earnings: $27,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $618,000
    Police Protection: $461,000
    Health - Other: $271,000
    General Public Building: $196,000
    General - Other: $93,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $42,000
    Parks and Recreation: $22,000
    Correctional Institutions: $17,000
    Libraries: $3,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,893,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $82,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $54,796,000
    Public Welfare: $7,386,000
    Other: $822,000
    General Local Government Support: $274,000
    Housing and Community Development: $35,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,101,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,211,000
    Other Selective Sales: $710,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $173,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $132,000
    Other License: $94,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $98,878,000

McDowell County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $1,362,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $2,358,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $2,271,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,179,000
    Higher Education - Other: $895,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $697,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $378,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $273,000
    Other: $120,000
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,138,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,754,000
    Parks and Recreation: $171,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $169,000
    Housing and Community Development: $129,000
    General Public Buildings: $82,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $59,663,000
    Other Higher Education: $11,380,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,377,000
    Police Protection: $4,657,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,001,000
    Health - Other: $2,752,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,626,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,873,000
    General - Other: $1,511,000
    Financial Administration: $1,239,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,085,000
    Central Staff Services: $874,000
    Housing and Community Development: $824,000
    Libraries: $687,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $611,000
    Parks and Recreation: $319,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $259,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $115,000
    Water Utilities: $65,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $34,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,615,000
    General Local Government Support: $280,000
    Other: $29,000
    Housing and Community Development: $29,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $813,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $428,000
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $159,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $543,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $1,141,000
    Housing and Community Development: $49,000
    Other: $4,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,473,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,843,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,129,000
    Rents: $721,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $336,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Interest Earnings: $27,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $618,000
    Police Protection: $461,000
    Health - Other: $271,000
    General Public Building: $196,000
    General - Other: $93,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $42,000
    Parks and Recreation: $22,000
    Correctional Institutions: $17,000
    Libraries: $3,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,893,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $82,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $54,796,000
    Public Welfare: $7,386,000
    Other: $822,000
    General Local Government Support: $274,000
    Housing and Community Development: $35,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,101,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,211,000
    Other Selective Sales: $710,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $173,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $132,000
    Other License: $94,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $98,878,000

McDowell County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $1,362,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $2,358,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $2,271,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,179,000
    Higher Education - Other: $895,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $697,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $378,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $273,000
    Other: $120,000
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,138,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,754,000
    Parks and Recreation: $171,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $169,000
    Housing and Community Development: $129,000
    General Public Buildings: $82,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $59,663,000
    Other Higher Education: $11,380,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,377,000
    Police Protection: $4,657,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,001,000
    Health - Other: $2,752,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,626,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,873,000
    General - Other: $1,511,000
    Financial Administration: $1,239,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,085,000
    Central Staff Services: $874,000
    Housing and Community Development: $824,000
    Libraries: $687,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $611,000
    Parks and Recreation: $319,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $259,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $115,000
    Water Utilities: $65,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $34,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,615,000
    General Local Government Support: $280,000
    Other: $29,000
    Housing and Community Development: $29,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $813,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $428,000
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $159,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $543,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $1,141,000
    Housing and Community Development: $49,000
    Other: $4,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,473,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,843,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,129,000
    Rents: $721,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $336,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Interest Earnings: $27,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $618,000
    Police Protection: $461,000
    Health - Other: $271,000
    General Public Building: $196,000
    General - Other: $93,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $42,000
    Parks and Recreation: $22,000
    Correctional Institutions: $17,000
    Libraries: $3,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,893,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $82,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $54,796,000
    Public Welfare: $7,386,000
    Other: $822,000
    General Local Government Support: $274,000
    Housing and Community Development: $35,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,101,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,211,000
    Other Selective Sales: $710,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $173,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $132,000
    Other License: $94,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $98,878,000

McDowell County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $1,362,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $2,358,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $2,271,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,179,000
    Higher Education - Other: $895,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $697,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $378,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $273,000
    Other: $120,000
    Parks and Recreation: $35,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $2,138,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,754,000
    Parks and Recreation: $171,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $169,000
    Housing and Community Development: $129,000
    General Public Buildings: $82,000
    Solid Waste Management: $58,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $59,663,000
    Other Higher Education: $11,380,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $9,377,000
    Police Protection: $4,657,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,001,000
    Health - Other: $2,752,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,626,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,873,000
    General - Other: $1,511,000
    Financial Administration: $1,239,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,085,000
    Central Staff Services: $874,000
    Housing and Community Development: $824,000
    Libraries: $687,000
    Higher Education Auxiliary Enterprises: $611,000
    Parks and Recreation: $319,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $259,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $115,000
    Water Utilities: $65,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $34,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,615,000
    General Local Government Support: $280,000
    Other: $29,000
    Housing and Community Development: $29,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $813,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $428,000
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $159,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $543,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $1,141,000
    Housing and Community Development: $49,000
    Other: $4,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,473,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,630,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,843,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,129,000
    Rents: $721,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $336,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $173,000
    Interest Earnings: $27,000
    Sale of Property: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $618,000
    Police Protection: $461,000
    Health - Other: $271,000
    General Public Building: $196,000
    General - Other: $93,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $42,000
    Parks and Recreation: $22,000
    Correctional Institutions: $17,000
    Libraries: $3,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,893,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $82,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $54,796,000
    Public Welfare: $7,386,000
    Other: $822,000
    General Local Government Support: $274,000
    Housing and Community Development: $35,000
    Health and Hospitals: $12,000
  • Tax - Property: $23,101,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,211,000
    Other Selective Sales: $710,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $173,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $132,000
    Other License: $94,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $98,878,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,119
  • Number of aged recipients: 120
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 999
  • Number of recipients under 18: 124
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 711
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 284
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 498
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 443
Most common first names in McDowell County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James32871.8 years
William27372.9 years
John23072.9 years
Mary20177.2 years
Robert17073.0 years
Charles14571.0 years
George11173.5 years
Paul8371.5 years
Ruby7576.2 years
Fred7574.0 years
Most common last names in McDowell County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Davis14075.2 years
Smith12374.8 years
Hollifield12372.9 years
Brown9774.1 years
Williams9375.5 years
Johnson9071.2 years
Wilson8576.0 years
Hensley8275.5 years
Parker7878.0 years
Elliott7576.7 years
Businesses in McDowell County, NC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's4
Advance Auto Parts1Nike1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Burger King1Rite Aid1
CVS1SONIC Drive-In1
Chevrolet1Sears1
Comfort Inn1Subway3
Dairy Queen1Super 81
Days Inn1Taco Bell1
Domino's Pizza1True Value1
FedEx4U-Haul5
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular1
Hilton1UPS4
KFC2Verizon Wireless2
Kincaid1Waffle House1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1Wendy's1
Little Caesars Pizza1YMCA1
Lowe's1

McDowell County on our top lists:

  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"