Wingate is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,420 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Wingate is the 223rd largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wingate is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wingate is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wingate who work in sales jobs (11.02%), teaching (9.49%), and healthcare (8.64%).
Of important note, Wingate is also a town of artists. Wingate has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wingate’s character.
Also of interest is that Wingate has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Wingate 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 Wingate 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.
In terms of college education, Wingate is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.56% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wingate in 2010 was $17,506, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,024 for a family of four. However, Wingate contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Wingate also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.56% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Wingate is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Wingate home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wingate residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Wingate also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.24% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wingate include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Wingate is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.