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

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October 17, 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 Oct. 28 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 97.4 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 68.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 7.3% of people have received the most recent bivalent booster dose.

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 Oct. 27, 2022. Due to inconsistencies in reporting, some counties do not have vaccination data available. Case count data based on Oct. 13 numbers reported by the Department of Health and Human Services. 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: 54.2% (23,834 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 237 (104 total deaths)
--- 7.8% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,044 (11,443 total cases)
--- 15.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#49. Halifax County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.2% (27,093 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 396 (198 total deaths)
--- 54.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,573 (17,290 total cases)
--- 12.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#48. Pitt County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.5% (98,527 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.6% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 153 (276 total deaths)
--- 40.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,994 (63,248 total cases)
--- 13.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#47. Avery County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.7% (9,605 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 273 (48 total deaths)
--- 6.2% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,176 (5,298 total cases)
--- 2.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#46. Catawba County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.9% (87,599 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 405 (646 total deaths)
--- 57.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,575 (56,761 total cases)
--- 15.2% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#45. Johnston County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.1% (115,322 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 229 (480 total deaths)
--- 10.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,957 (71,086 total cases)
--- 10.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#44. Franklin County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.2% (38,434 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 132 (92 total deaths)
--- 48.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 35,792 (24,942 total cases)
--- 16.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#43. Pamlico County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.3% (7,042 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 283 (36 total deaths)
--- 10.1% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,530 (3,249 total cases)
--- 17.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#42. Union County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.5% (133,146 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 214 (514 total deaths)
--- 16.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,881 (74,070 total cases)
--- 0.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#41. Warren County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.7% (10,983 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 243 (48 total deaths)
--- 5.4% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,105 (5,348 total cases)
--- 12.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#40. Beaufort County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.7% (26,190 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 383 (180 total deaths)
--- 49.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,481 (15,264 total cases)
--- 5.2% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#39. Watauga County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.7% (31,279 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 139 (78 total deaths)
--- 45.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,133 (14,119 total cases)
--- 18.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#38. Lenoir County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.1% (31,397 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 433 (242 total deaths)
--- 68.5% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,672 (18,839 total cases)
--- 9.1% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#37. Ashe County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.2% (15,295 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 316 (86 total deaths)
--- 23.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,442 (7,193 total cases)
--- 14.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#36. Transylvania County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.2% (19,339 fully vaccinated)
--- 7.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 244 (84 total deaths)
--- 5.1% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,533 (7,748 total cases)
--- 27.0% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#35. Cabarrus County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.4% (122,040 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 248 (536 total deaths)
--- 3.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,095 (67,307 total cases)
--- 0.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#34. Jones County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.5% (5,326 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 499 (47 total deaths)
--- 94.2% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,878 (2,720 total cases)
--- 6.4% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#33. Lee County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.5% (34,882 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 272 (168 total deaths)
--- 5.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,708 (18,971 total cases)
--- 0.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#32. Madison County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.9% (12,378 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.2% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 386 (84 total deaths)
--- 50.2% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,686 (6,023 total cases)
--- 10.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#31. Person County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.2% (22,607 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 286 (113 total deaths)
--- 11.3% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,131 (11,504 total cases)
--- 5.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#30. Chowan County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.3% (7,985 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 459 (64 total deaths)
--- 78.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,591 (4,823 total cases)
--- 12.1% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#29. Haywood County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.1% (36,196 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 385 (240 total deaths)
--- 49.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,693 (16,011 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% (54,823 fully vaccinated)
--- 11.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 367 (346 total deaths)
--- 42.8% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,756 (30,888 total cases)
--- 6.1% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#27. Davie County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.4% (25,012 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 275 (118 total deaths)
--- 7.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,012 (13,716 total cases)
--- 3.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#26. Swain County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.8% (8,388 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 364 (52 total deaths)
--- 41.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,792 (4,537 total cases)
--- 3.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#25. Vance County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.9% (26,247 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 292 (130 total deaths)
--- 13.6% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,907 (14,655 total cases)
--- 6.6% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#24. Alleghany County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.1% (6,577 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 162 (18 total deaths)
--- 37.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,121 (3,466 total cases)
--- 0.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#23. Moore County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.1% (59,580 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 353 (356 total deaths)
--- 37.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,197 (29,454 total cases)
--- 5.4% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#22. Macon County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.2% (21,238 fully vaccinated)
--- 13.6% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 368 (132 total deaths)
--- 43.2% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,749 (9,233 total cases)
--- 16.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#21. Henderson County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.7% (70,138 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.6% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 298 (350 total deaths)
--- 16.0% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,075 (30,616 total cases)
--- 15.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#20. Alamance County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.4% (102,375 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 312 (529 total deaths)
--- 21.4% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,735 (57,184 total cases)
--- 9.3% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#19. Chatham County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.0% (45,435 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 172 (128 total deaths)
--- 33.1% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,163 (16,505 total cases)
--- 28.2% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#18. Onslow County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.0% (120,829 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 210 (416 total deaths)
--- 18.3% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,388 (62,129 total cases)
--- 1.7% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#17. Cumberland County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.5% (206,329 fully vaccinated)
--- 18.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 212 (712 total deaths)
--- 17.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,053 (107,542 total cases)
--- 3.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#16. Guilford County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.5% (335,563 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 252 (1,352 total deaths)
--- 1.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 27,504 (147,742 total cases)
--- 10.9% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#15. Forsyth County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.2% (241,672 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 236 (904 total deaths)
--- 8.2% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,207 (115,480 total cases)
--- 2.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#14. Granville County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.3% (38,272 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.5% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 205 (124 total deaths)
--- 20.2% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,790 (18,006 total cases)
--- 3.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#13. Craven County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.5% (64,822 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 227 (232 total deaths)
--- 11.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,465 (30,095 total cases)
--- 4.5% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#12. Brunswick County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.6% (90,766 fully vaccinated)
--- 22.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 252 (360 total deaths)
--- 1.9% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,640 (38,047 total cases)
--- 13.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#11. Mecklenburg County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.0% (710,416 fully vaccinated)
--- 22.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 160 (1,780 total deaths)
--- 37.7% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,933 (343,468 total cases)
--- 0.2% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#10. New Hanover County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.4% (150,971 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.6% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 189 (444 total deaths)
--- 26.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,887 (60,698 total cases)
--- 16.1% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#9. Bladen County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.3% (21,367 fully vaccinated)
--- 25.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 434 (142 total deaths)
--- 68.9% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,953 (11,110 total cases)
--- 10.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#8. Carteret County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.5% (45,524 fully vaccinated)
--- 25.7% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 216 (150 total deaths)
--- 16.0% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,093 (17,433 total cases)
--- 18.7% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#7. Buncombe County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.1% (175,225 fully vaccinated)
--- 28.8% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 249 (650 total deaths)
--- 3.1% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,231 (65,900 total cases)
--- 18.3% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#6. Greene County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.2% (14,151 fully vaccinated)
--- 29.0% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 361 (76 total deaths)
--- 40.5% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,114 (6,766 total cases)
--- 4.0% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#5. Hyde County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.2% (3,369 fully vaccinated)
--- 30.9% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (14 total deaths)
--- 10.5% more deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,854 (1,622 total cases)
--- 6.4% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#4. Durham County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.1% (234,866 fully vaccinated)
--- 40.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 115 (371 total deaths)
--- 55.3% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,750 (95,643 total cases)
--- 3.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#3. Dare County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.6% (27,223 fully vaccinated)
--- 41.3% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 81 (30 total deaths)
--- 68.5% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,124 (9,298 total cases)
--- 18.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#2. Wake County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.7% (830,152 fully vaccinated)
--- 43.4% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 114 (1,263 total deaths)
--- 55.6% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,279 (369,981 total cases)
--- 7.8% more cases per 100k residents than North Carolina
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#1. Orange County

- Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.2% (116,178 fully vaccinated)
--- 50.1% higher vaccination rate than North Carolina
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 100 (148 total deaths)
--- 61.1% less deaths per 100k residents than North Carolina
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,498 (36,373 total cases)
--- 20.6% less cases per 100k residents than North Carolina

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