McDowell County is located in western North Carolina. The County Seat is Marion and the largest city is Marion . The Official Web Site is located at http://www.mcdowellgov.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 44,965 and the 2010 census population was 44,996. The land area is 440.61 square miles and there are 102.1 persons per square mile.
92.9% of the population is White, 4.1% is Black or African American, 5.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.9% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.3% is two or more races. 80.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 13.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $101,200, there are 17,252 households, an average of 2.54 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,932, the median household income is $35,297, and 21.9% of the persons in McDowell County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 3,517. Retail sales (in $1000) were $482,389, and sales per capita were $11,066. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 17.8%.
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