North Carolina’s trends
Median income, levels of secondary education and internet access in North Carolina have the strongest correlation with vaccination rates, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
There are also parallels between vaccination rates and population density, political leanings and disabled populations. Some of those correlations are reflected nationwide, said Dr. Chris Beyrer, Johns Hopkins public health and human rights professor.
In North Carolina counties, the strongest link is between the percent of residents at least partially vaccinated and the percent of county residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to data analysis.
While there are outliers in the data, the trend is clear. In Orange County, the county with the highest vaccination rate, 63% of its population is vaccinated and 60% of the county’s population has a degree. In Onslow County, 20% of people are at least partially vaccinated, and 22% hold a degree.
The median income of North Carolina counties also aligns with vaccination rates, with counties with higher median incomes tending to have a higher percentage of the population vaccinated.
Durham, Wake and Orange counties, three of the top four counties in vaccination, all have median incomes over $90,000, according to data from the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management. The three counties with the lowest vaccination rates, Robeson, Hoke and Onslow, all have median incomes under $60,000.
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