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.

Pembroke is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 maintenance occupations (11.41%), sales jobs (11.02%), and healthcare suport services (9.34%).

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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Pembroke to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

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 18.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

Being a small town, Pembroke does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Pembroke citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.01% of adults 25 and older in Pembroke have a college degree.

The per capita income in Pembroke in 2010 was $12,593, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $50,372 for a family of four. Pembroke also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 59.83% 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 Scots-Irish, German, English, and African.

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