Nearly 15 percent of North Carolina residents lived in poverty in 2005, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Robeson County, still reeling from plant closings, had the state's highest poverty rate, 32 percent. And Dare County, on the Outer Banks, had the lowest.
The numbers, though three years old, offer the most complete picture available of income and poverty across North Carolina.
They showed that urban areas, along with coastal and mountain counties popular with tourists, are among the state's most prosperous. And the state's worst poverty is heavily concentrated in rural Eastern North Carolina.
Triangle counties -- Wake, Durham, Orange and Johnston -- had poverty rates below the state average and higher-than-average median household incomes. Wake had the highest median household income in the state, nearly $58,000, well above the state's median household income of less than $41,000.