Data + Demographics

Information on the PlanIt EAST region is presented here through Charts and Tables.  This information is organized into ten areas (listed to the left). Click on a topic to explore individual indicators and discover how the nine counties within our region compare with each other and to North Carolina averages.

PlanIt EAST Population

The 2010 Census shows a total population of 663,883 in PlanIt EAST’s nine counties.  That total is distributed unevenly among the counties.  The PlanIt EAST region also includes four cities (Goldsboro, Jacksonville, New Bern and Havelock) as well as many incorporated municipalities and other places.  The four indicators that capture the current population and recent changes in the region are: PlanIt EAST Population -2010, PlanIt EAST Population – County %, PlanIt EAST 2010 Urban & Rural Areas, PlanIt EAST 2010 Urban & Rural Population, Population of Cities, Towns and Places, and Population Estimates 2010-2011.

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Most of the PlanIt EAST area is classified as rural by the Census Bureau.  Their definition of “rural” encompasses all population, housing and territory not included within an urban area.

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Recent 2011 population estimates show an additional 86,000 population since the 2010 Census. Roughly half that total came from natural increase and the other half from net migration. 

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Population Characteristics

A number of indicators capture the current population in the PlanIt EAST nine-county region.  These include: Age Distribution & Median Age, Population by Race/Ethnicity, Population 65 Years and Over (3), Urban Population Growth, Urban Area Growth, Veteran Total Expenditure, Veterans % of Civilian Population, % of Persons Below Poverty Level, and Population Density by County.

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Population Growth

The nine-county PlanIt EAST region has experienced growth over the past 60 years; some counties more than others.  Countywide densities have also increased each decade.  Population growth measures are condensed into four key indicators: Population by County 1940-2010, Population and % of NC Population 1960-2010, Density by County 1940-2010, and % of Population 65 Years and Over.

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The nation as a whole is getting older, as is the population of the PlanIt EAST region.  From 1980 through the current census, Pamlico County was the county with the highest percentage of its population over 65 years and Onslow County had the lowest percentage. 

Workforce & Employment

The economy of the PlanIt EAST region includes industries as varied as agriculture, construction, manufacturing (including agricultural manufacturing), banking and finance, tourism, retail, and public administration.  Economic measures are condensed into nine indicators: Employment by Industry, Total Number of Firms, Labor Force – 2012, Unemployment Rates, Number of Paid Employees by Industry, Number of Paid Employees for Pay Period, Average Annual Employment – 2010, Occupation by County – 2010, and Class of Worker by County – 2010.

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Housing

The PlanIt EAST region was not immune from the most recent housing bubble or the foreclosure crisis, but it also did not experience highs or lows as severe as places like Florida or California.  Housing density and development patterns have been historically rural in nature; the percentage of multi-family structures is low and varies widely among the nine counties.  Seasonal units are a significant component of the coastal counties.  Regional indicators include: Household Income by County, Median Household Income by County, % of Housing Units in Multi-Unit Structures, Value of Occupied Housing Units, Median Value – Occupied Units, Average Household Size, Age of Housing Units by County, % Age of Housing Units by County, Year Householder Moved into Unit, Building Permits by County – 2009 and Seasonal Units – 2010 (2).

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Education

Education is one of the most important assets in today's knowledge-based economy.  The PlanIt EAST region is home to eight public school districts.  Two regional indicators are School Enrollment and the Level of Educational Attainment of the overall population.

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Transportation

The population and economic growth which the PlanIt EAST region has experienced in recent years has also resulted in ever-increasing congestion on the region's roads.  These trends are tracked by five indicators: Commuting to Work, Vehicles Available in Occupied Units, Mean Travel Time to Work, Residence to Workplace Commuter Flow (2) and Commuting Ratios.

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Commuting Ratios are the ratio of persons working in the county to employed residents of the county. A value of one implies zero net commuting; a value greater than one corresponds to net in commuting; less than one, to net out commuting.

Agriculture

The PlanIt EAST region is recognized as a major agricultural production area. Information is provided on general characteristics, plus specific information on crops and livestock.  Forestry is addressed separately.  Initial agricultural regional indicators include the Proportion of County in Farms, Average Size of Farms, 2002 and 2007, and Average Age of Principal Operator.

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Agriculture - Crops

Agricultural crop production varies widely among the PlanIt EAST counties.  Charts are provided for Corn for Grain, Cotton, Hay, Soybeans, Wheat, Total Value of Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, and the Estimated Value by Crop.

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Agriculture – Livestock

Agricultural livestock production varies widely among the PlanIt EAST counties.  Charts are provided for Beef Cows, Broilers Produced, Cattle, Hogs and Pigs, and Turkeys Raised.

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Forestry

North Carolina’s forest products industry plays an important role in the state’s environment and economy.  Regional indicators include: Forestry Land by Ownership Class – 2012, Acres in Forest 1998-2008 and Loss of North Carolina Timberland 1974-2002.

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Water Resources

People have come to expect that an unlimited supply of water will be available at their fingertips with adequate pressure to carry them through their daily activities for pennies per gallon.  Businesses expect that steady commercial and industrial water needs will be met at a cost that is predictable over time, while beach communities and university towns have variable, seasonal water demands that stress supplies.  In Eastern North Carolina, our water supply systems depend on both surface waters, such as streams and rivers, and ground water, or aquifers.  The four indicators related to Water Resources are: Agricultural Water Use, Existing Water & Sewer Connections, Existing Utility Distribution Lines, Existing Water Sources Used, and Residential Water Use 2010 and 2050

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