Counties with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in North Carolina

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August 14, 2022
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Counties with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in North Carolina

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

The United States as of Sep. 30 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 96.3 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 67.9% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 48.8% of vaccinated people have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in North Carolina using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest vaccination rate as of Sep. 22, 2022. Due to inconsistencies in reporting, some counties do not have vaccination data available. Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in your state.

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#50. Jackson County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.1% (23,757 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 232 (102 total deaths)
--- 7.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,572 (11,236 total cases)
--- 15.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#49. Halifax County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.2% (27,101 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 388 (194 total deaths)
--- 54.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,859 (16,933 total cases)
--- 12.2% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#48. Avery County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.4% (9,550 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 268 (47 total deaths)
--- 6.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,863 (5,243 total cases)
--- 1.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#47. Pitt County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.4% (98,389 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 150 (271 total deaths)
--- 40.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,511 (62,375 total cases)
--- 14.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#46. Catawba County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.8% (87,500 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 400 (639 total deaths)
--- 58.7% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,928 (55,728 total cases)
--- 15.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#45. Franklin County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.9% (38,290 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 126 (88 total deaths)
--- 50.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,257 (24,569 total cases)
--- 16.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#44. Johnston County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.0% (115,084 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 227 (475 total deaths)
--- 9.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,433 (69,989 total cases)
--- 10.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#43. Pamlico County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.5% (7,065 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 275 (35 total deaths)
--- 9.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,090 (3,193 total cases)
--- 16.9% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#42. Beaufort County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.6% (26,128 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 383 (180 total deaths)
--- 52.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,696 (14,895 total cases)
--- 5.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#41. Union County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.6% (133,460 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 213 (510 total deaths)
--- 15.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,388 (72,889 total cases)
--- 0.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#40. Warren County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.7% (10,989 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 243 (48 total deaths)
--- 3.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,542 (5,237 total cases)
--- 12.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#39. Ashe County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.8% (15,177 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.1% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 316 (86 total deaths)
--- 25.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,045 (7,085 total cases)
--- 13.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#38. Lenoir County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.0% (31,334 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 424 (237 total deaths)
--- 68.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,177 (18,562 total cases)
--- 9.9% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#37. Watauga County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.0% (31,449 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 134 (75 total deaths)
--- 46.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,642 (13,843 total cases)
--- 18.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#36. Transylvania County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.1% (19,280 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 241 (83 total deaths)
--- 4.4% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,917 (7,536 total cases)
--- 27.4% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#35. Lee County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.2% (34,745 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 270 (167 total deaths)
--- 7.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,177 (18,643 total cases)
--- 0.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#34. Jones County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.3% (5,305 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 467 (44 total deaths)
--- 85.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,060 (2,643 total cases)
--- 7.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#33. Cabarrus County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.5% (122,397 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 243 (527 total deaths)
--- 3.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,636 (66,312 total cases)
--- 1.5% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#32. Madison County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.9% (12,373 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 382 (83 total deaths)
--- 51.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,189 (5,915 total cases)
--- 9.9% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#31. Chowan County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.2% (7,974 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 452 (63 total deaths)
--- 79.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,117 (4,757 total cases)
--- 13.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#30. Person County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.2% (22,586 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 281 (111 total deaths)
--- 11.5% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,610 (11,298 total cases)
--- 5.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#29. Haywood County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.9% (36,103 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 374 (233 total deaths)
--- 48.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,104 (15,644 total cases)
--- 16.8% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#28. Nash County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.1% (54,824 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 358 (338 total deaths)
--- 42.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,244 (30,405 total cases)
--- 6.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#27. Davie County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.3% (24,970 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 271 (116 total deaths)
--- 7.5% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,282 (13,403 total cases)
--- 3.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#26. Swain County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.5% (8,345 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 364 (52 total deaths)
--- 44.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,196 (4,452 total cases)
--- 3.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#25. Vance County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.8% (26,180 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 285 (127 total deaths)
--- 13.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,399 (14,429 total cases)
--- 7.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#24. Moore County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.9% (59,399 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 343 (346 total deaths)
--- 36.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,485 (28,736 total cases)
--- 5.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#23. Alleghany County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.1% (6,579 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 162 (18 total deaths)
--- 35.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,286 (3,373 total cases)
--- 0.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#22. Macon County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.2% (21,221 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 357 (128 total deaths)
--- 41.7% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,434 (9,120 total cases)
--- 15.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#21. Henderson County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.6% (69,995 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.1% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 290 (340 total deaths)
--- 15.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,406 (29,831 total cases)
--- 15.8% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#20. Chatham County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.3% (44,939 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 169 (126 total deaths)
--- 32.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,712 (16,169 total cases)
--- 28.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#19. Alamance County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.3% (102,167 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 309 (523 total deaths)
--- 22.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,048 (56,020 total cases)
--- 9.5% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#18. Onslow County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.7% (120,130 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 206 (408 total deaths)
--- 18.3% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,028 (61,417 total cases)
--- 2.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#17. Cumberland County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.0% (204,722 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 208 (697 total deaths)
--- 17.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,473 (105,595 total cases)
--- 4.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#16. Guilford County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.4% (334,945 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 247 (1,329 total deaths)
--- 2.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,888 (144,437 total cases)
--- 10.9% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#15. Forsyth County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.1% (241,160 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 228 (872 total deaths)
--- 9.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,570 (113,046 total cases)
--- 2.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#14. Granville County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.3% (38,277 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 205 (124 total deaths)
--- 18.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,209 (17,655 total cases)
--- 3.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#13. Craven County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.3% (64,651 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 224 (229 total deaths)
--- 11.1% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,925 (29,544 total cases)
--- 4.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#12. Brunswick County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.4% (90,611 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 247 (353 total deaths)
--- 2.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,040 (37,190 total cases)
--- 13.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#11. Mecklenburg County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.2% (712,368 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.2% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 157 (1,743 total deaths)
--- 37.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,484 (338,477 total cases)
--- 1.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#10. New Hanover County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.3% (150,715 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 183 (429 total deaths)
--- 27.4% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,588 (59,996 total cases)
--- 15.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#9. Bladen County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.9% (21,224 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 428 (140 total deaths)
--- 69.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,482 (10,956 total cases)
--- 10.9% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#8. Carteret County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.4% (45,432 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 210 (146 total deaths)
--- 16.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,651 (17,126 total cases)
--- 18.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#7. Greene County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.9% (14,101 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 356 (75 total deaths)
--- 41.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,682 (6,675 total cases)
--- 5.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#6. Buncombe County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.9% (174,763 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 244 (637 total deaths)
--- 3.2% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,765 (64,685 total cases)
--- 17.9% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#5. Hyde County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.4% (3,378 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (14 total deaths)
--- 12.7% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,246 (1,592 total cases)
--- 6.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#4. Durham County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 72.8% (234,113 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 114 (366 total deaths)
--- 54.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,209 (93,903 total cases)
--- 3.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#3. Dare County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.5% (27,189 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 81 (30 total deaths)
--- 67.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,694 (9,139 total cases)
--- 18.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#2. Wake County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.6% (829,114 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 111 (1,234 total deaths)
--- 56.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,837 (365,072 total cases)
--- 8.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#1. Orange County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.0% (115,866 fully vaccinated)
--- 24.2% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 99 (147 total deaths)
--- 60.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,010 (35,649 total cases)
--- 20.4% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina

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