Pembroke, NC
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Pembroke is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,004 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Pembroke is the 251st largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pembroke is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pembroke is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pembroke who work in sales jobs (11.87%), maintenance occupations (10.75%), and healthcare suport services (10.75%).

Of important note, Pembroke is also a town of artists. Pembroke has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Pembroke’s character.

Pembroke is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Pembroke area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Pembroke maintain a good economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Pembroke spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.35 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small town, Pembroke doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Pembroke who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.30% of the adults in Pembroke have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pembroke in 2010 was $14,135, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,540 for a family of four. Pembroke also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 59.06% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Pembroke is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Pembroke home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pembroke residents report their race to be Native American, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Pembroke include German, Scots-Irish, English, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Pembroke is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.