Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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IndexCharlotteNorth CarolinaNational
Income per capita$33,050$26,779$29,829
Median household income$55,599$48,256$55,322
Median income owner occupied$77,185$61,102$70,586
Median income renter occupied$38,174$31,027$35,192
Median earnings male$36,948$32,737$36,919
Median earnings female$28,659$25,062$26,250
Unemployment rate6.1%5.1%4.7%
Poverty level15.8%16.8%15.1%

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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Charlotte is 11% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Charlotte is 1% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Charlotte is 31% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Charlotte is 5% higher than the national average

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      $37,062 $55,599 $111,198
      $32,167 $48,256 $96,512
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Charlotte median earnings by income bracket

      Charlotte employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry10.7%1.1%
      Manufacturing sector10.2%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services10.8%11.0%
      Wholesale & retail services14.6%13.6%
      Public administration2.1%2.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.5%3.1%
      Education, health & social services8.5%29.5%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Marvin, NC6,056$185,862236.0%
      Weddington, NC10,254$125,966127.7%
      Tega Cay, SC9,026$120,346117.5%
      Wesley Chapel, NC8,217$103,43887.0%
      Huntersville, NC51,701$90,63363.8%
      Charlotte, NC808,834$55,5990.5%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Fort Worth, TX815,930$54,8760.8%
      Columbus, OH837,038$47,15614.8%
      Winnipeg, MB775,440n/a 
      Indianapolis, IN846,674$43,10122.1%
      San Francisco, CA850,282$87,70158.5%
      Charlotte, NC808,834$55,5990.5%
      Source: The Charlotte, NC employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).