The town of Smithfield, North Carolina is home to slightly less than 12,000 people. Retirees are commonplace, as they account for 22% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the city's population, at an average age of just over 43, skews older than most cities in North Carolina. A slight majority of residents own their homes (53%) as opposed to renting (47%) in Smithfield. Renters in the city benefit from a relatively low average rent of $763 a month, which is $169/month less than the state average.
Smithfield has an average commute time of about 25 minutes. Driving is the prevailing means of commuting to work, chosen by 36% of commuters, while public transit is not used widely. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
There are two primary industries in Smithfield: retail and construction. Together, these industries make up 11% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, making it the top profession in the city. With an average annual income of almost $49K, Smithfield workers bring in around $19,000 less than the average North Carolina resident. The city's average income also trails the national average of $73,345. Smithfield has a relatively large number of residents older than 25 who possess a high school degree or GED (22%) compared to the national average. In addition, 10% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree.
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