Raeford, NC
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Raeford is a very small city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,860 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Raeford is the 167th largest community in North Carolina.

Raeford is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Raeford is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Raeford who work in sales jobs (12.76%), office and administrative support (11.60%), and teaching (10.92%).

Also of interest is that Raeford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The education level of Raeford citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.04% of adults in Raeford have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Raeford in 2010 was $19,260, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,040 for a family of four. However, Raeford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Raeford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.38% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Raeford is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Raeford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Raeford residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Raeford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.52% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Raeford include German, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

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