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

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May 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 May 13 reached 999,298 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 82.3 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 66.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 46.3% 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 May 12, 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. Avery County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.6% (9,405 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 251 (44 total deaths)
--- 7.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,320 (4,621 total cases)
--- 2.6% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#49. Halifax County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.7% (26,880 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 374 (187 total deaths)
--- 59.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,064 (14,035 total cases)
--- 9.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#48. Pitt County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.7% (96,970 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 113 (205 total deaths)
--- 51.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,208 (52,792 total cases)
--- 13.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#47. Bertie County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.8% (10,193 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 359 (68 total deaths)
--- 53.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,573 (4,277 total cases)
--- 12.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#46. Franklin County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.1% (37,688 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 113 (79 total deaths)
--- 51.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,732 (20,719 total cases)
--- 15.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#45. Catawba County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.2% (86,543 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 376 (600 total deaths)
--- 60.7% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,059 (47,959 total cases)
--- 17.1% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#44. Johnston County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.2% (113,446 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 216 (452 total deaths)
--- 7.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,805 (60,301 total cases)
--- 12.2% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#43. Ashe County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.8% (14,918 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 287 (78 total deaths)
--- 22.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,788 (6,471 total cases)
--- 7.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#42. Beaufort County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.0% (25,838 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 364 (171 total deaths)
--- 55.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,057 (12,715 total cases)
--- 5.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#41. Warren County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.2% (10,888 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 228 (45 total deaths)
--- 2.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,204 (4,381 total cases)
--- 13.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#40. Lee County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.2% (34,103 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 244 (151 total deaths)
--- 4.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,082 (16,113 total cases)
--- 1.6% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#39. Jones County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.3% (5,205 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 414 (39 total deaths)
--- 76.9% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,729 (2,235 total cases)
--- 7.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#38. Lenoir County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.3% (30,914 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 393 (220 total deaths)
--- 67.9% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,310 (15,839 total cases)
--- 10.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#37. Transylvania County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.5% (19,096 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 218 (75 total deaths)
--- 6.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,028 (6,199 total cases)
--- 29.8% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#36. Union County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.5% (133,048 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 204 (490 total deaths)
--- 12.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,139 (62,697 total cases)
--- 1.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#35. Pamlico County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.8% (7,095 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 220 (28 total deaths)
--- 6.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,666 (2,630 total cases)
--- 19.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#34. Cabarrus County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.9% (120,900 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 228 (494 total deaths)
--- 2.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,158 (56,620 total cases)
--- 1.9% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#33. Watauga County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.0% (31,464 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (68 total deaths)
--- 48.3% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,922 (12,877 total cases)
--- 10.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#32. Chowan County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.5% (7,880 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 437 (61 total deaths)
--- 86.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,836 (4,160 total cases)
--- 16.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#31. Madison County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.5% (12,300 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 372 (81 total deaths)
--- 59.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,838 (5,186 total cases)
--- 7.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#30. Person County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.7% (22,399 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.5% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 276 (109 total deaths)
--- 17.9% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,928 (9,449 total cases)
--- 6.8% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#29. Swain County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.2% (8,169 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.7% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 301 (43 total deaths)
--- 28.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,032 (3,715 total cases)
--- 1.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#28. Haywood County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.3% (35,734 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 355 (221 total deaths)
--- 51.7% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,142 (13,175 total cases)
--- 17.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#27. Davie County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.4% (24,614 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.4% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 243 (104 total deaths)
--- 3.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,409 (11,315 total cases)
--- 2.9% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#26. Nash County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.6% (54,319 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.1% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 328 (309 total deaths)
--- 40.2% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,164 (26,558 total cases)
--- 9.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#25. Vance County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.8% (25,746 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 274 (122 total deaths)
--- 17.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,801 (11,936 total cases)
--- 4.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#24. Moore County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.9% (58,392 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 322 (325 total deaths)
--- 37.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,380 (24,595 total cases)
--- 5.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#23. Alleghany County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.5% (6,515 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.6% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 144 (16 total deaths)
--- 38.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,767 (2,981 total cases)
--- 4.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#22. Macon County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.8% (21,100 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 337 (121 total deaths)
--- 44.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,249 (7,978 total cases)
--- 13.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#21. Chatham County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.8% (43,786 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.2% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 153 (114 total deaths)
--- 34.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,809 (13,262 total cases)
--- 30.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#20. Henderson County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.0% (69,314 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 269 (316 total deaths)
--- 15.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,534 (25,284 total cases)
--- 16.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#19. Alamance County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.5% (100,909 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.0% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 288 (488 total deaths)
--- 23.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,173 (47,756 total cases)
--- 9.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#18. Cumberland County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.6% (203,275 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 188 (630 total deaths)
--- 19.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,198 (87,898 total cases)
--- 2.1% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#17. Onslow County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.2% (121,109 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.3% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 190 (376 total deaths)
--- 18.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,425 (52,306 total cases)
--- 3.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#16. Guilford County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.5% (330,509 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.8% lower vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 225 (1,208 total deaths)
--- 3.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,582 (121,303 total cases)
--- 12.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#15. Forsyth County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.1% (237,529 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.2% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 216 (824 total deaths)
--- 7.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,670 (94,312 total cases)
--- 3.9% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#14. Granville County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.5% (37,757 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 190 (115 total deaths)
--- 18.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,049 (14,536 total cases)
--- 6.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#13. Craven County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.7% (64,067 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 203 (207 total deaths)
--- 13.2% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,181 (24,698 total cases)
--- 5.8% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#12. Brunswick County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.9% (89,902 fully vaccinated)
--- 1.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 232 (332 total deaths)
--- 0.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,385 (30,542 total cases)
--- 16.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#11. New Hanover County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.5% (148,919 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 168 (394 total deaths)
--- 28.2% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,935 (51,432 total cases)
--- 14.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#10. Mecklenburg County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.7% (706,916 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 146 (1,621 total deaths)
--- 37.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,666 (284,986 total cases)
--- 0.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#9. Bladen County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.4% (21,065 fully vaccinated)
--- 3.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 388 (127 total deaths)
--- 65.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,620 (9,365 total cases)
--- 11.5% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#8. Carteret County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.9% (45,110 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 178 (124 total deaths)
--- 23.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,519 (14,255 total cases)
--- 20.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#7. Greene County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.3% (13,752 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 318 (67 total deaths)
--- 35.9% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,652 (5,826 total cases)
--- 7.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#6. Buncombe County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.0% (172,433 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 223 (583 total deaths)
--- 4.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,734 (54,155 total cases)
--- 19.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#5. Hyde County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.3% (3,324 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 263 (13 total deaths)
--- 12.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,142 (1,340 total cases)
--- 5.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#4. Durham County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.2% (228,840 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 105 (338 total deaths)
--- 55.1% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,304 (74,921 total cases)
--- 9.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#3. Dare County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.0% (27,016 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 73 (27 total deaths)
--- 68.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,441 (7,565 total cases)
--- 20.4% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#2. Wake County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.6% (817,959 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 101 (1,119 total deaths)
--- 56.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,025 (300,453 total cases)
--- 5.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#1. Orange County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 76.5% (113,656 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 90 (134 total deaths)
--- 61.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,999 (28,209 total cases)
--- 26.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina

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