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Wayne County and its county seat, Goldsboro, are grappling with a story that is common to many places in rural North Carolina: the long-term economic disruption due to a changing economy. According to an analysis by the Pew Research Center, between 2000 and 2014, the percentage of middle income households in Goldsboro shrank more than almost anywhere else in the country (falling from 60% to 48%). At the same time, the share of adults in lower income households increased from 27% to 41%. A former transportation and manufacturing hub, Goldsboro is now best known for the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Wayne County


Source: 2015 ACS 5-Year Estimates
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