Income/capita 49%
Household income 50%
Unemployment 136%
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IndexColumbiaNorth CarolinaNational
Income per capita$15,276$26,779$29,829
Median household income$27,450$48,256$55,322
Median income owner occupied$26,300$61,102$70,586
Median income renter occupied$35,150$31,027$35,192
Median earnings male$23,210$32,737$36,919
Median earnings female$15,183$25,062$26,250
Unemployment rate11.0%5.1%4.7%
Poverty level34.8%16.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Columbia is 49% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Columbia is 50% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Columbia is 136% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Columbia is 130% higher than the national average

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      Columbia employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry24.2%4.6%
      Manufacturing sector0.0%11.2%
      Financial & insurance services3.6%0.0%
      Wholesale & retail services23.0%32.7%
      Public administration4.2%0.0%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities3.6%0.0%
      Education, health & social services12.1%14.3%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Creswell, NC276$27,63950.0%
      Columbia, NC1,069$27,45050.4%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Lake Riverside, CA1,069$82,58949.3%
      Flanagan, IL1,069$49,25011.0%
      Yutan, NE1,069$62,10912.3%
      Purdy, WA1,069$46,25016.4%
      Salcha, AK1,068$77,91740.8%
      Columbia, NC1,069$27,45050.4%
      Source: The Columbia, NC employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).