Dudley is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 10,742 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Dudley is the 85th largest community in North Carolina.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Dudley is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.01% of the Dudley workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Dudley is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dudley who work in office and administrative support (9.62%), farm management occupations (7.91%), and sales jobs (7.84%).
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Dudley has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Dudley has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Dudley than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Dudley may be for you.
Dudley is a very car-oriented town. 82.47% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Dudley is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Dudley has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small town, Dudley does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In Dudley, just 12.71% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Dudley in 2010 was $16,516, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,064 for a family of four.
Dudley is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Dudley home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dudley residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Dudley also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.99% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dudley include English, German, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Dudley is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.