Wingate is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,854 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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wingate who work in office and administrative support (14.09%), sales jobs (9.80%), and teaching (7.08%).
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.
Wingate is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Wingate to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
As is often the case in a small town, Wingate doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Wingate citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.08% of adults 25 and older in Wingate have a college degree.
The per capita income in Wingate in 2010 was $15,796, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,184 for a family of four.
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 12.76% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wingate include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Wingate is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.