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State Demographics Data - NC

North Carolina

Demographics & Social
2014
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 763,584
% Foreign Born 7.7%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2014 77.6%
% change: 1990-2000 273.7%
Race (%)  
One race 97.7%
White
44.4%
Black or African American
8.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%
Asian
22.2%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.2%
Other race
22.2%
Two or more races 2.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 390,958
% Latino 51.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.0%
5-17 6.8%
18-64 83.8%
65 and older 8.4%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

38.7
Gender (% female) 49.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 28.9%
Married 57.7%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 13.4%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 9,180,380
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 20.5%
% change: 1990-2000 17.0%
Race (%)  
One race 97.6%
White 71.1%
Black or African American 22.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2%
Asian 0.8%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 1.7%
Two or more races 2.4%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 499,643
% Latino 5.4%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.5%
5-17 17.8%
18-64 60.5%
65 and older 15.2%
Median Age 38.2
Gender (% female) 51.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 31.6%
Married 47.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.9%
Foreign Born
Number 430,000
% Foreign Born 5.3%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 7,619,313
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Foreign Born
Number 115,077
% Foreign Born 1.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 6,513,560
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

763,584
Born in Africa 49,103
Born in Asia 196,900
Born in Europe 75,733
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 421,999
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 17,254
Born in Oceania 2,595
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 India
Country #3 El Salvador
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

763,584
Europe 75,733
Northern Europe 20,341
United Kingdom
16,293
Ireland
1,675
Other Northern Europe
2,373
Western Europe 21,145
France
2,279
Germany
15,020
Other Western Europe
3,846
Southern Europe 9,185
Italy
3,376
Portugal
1,085
Other Southern Europe
4,724
Eastern Europe 24,857
Poland
2,792
Russia
4,832
Other Eastern Europe
17,233
Other Europe (no country specified) 205
Asia 196,900
Eastern Asia 49,365
China
29,828

China, excluding Taiwan

25,751

Taiwan

4,077
Japan
4,989
Korea
14,548
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 69,525
India
53,253
Iran
2,671
Other South Central Asia
13,601
Southeastern Asia 60,045
Philippines
18,161
Vietnam
20,342
Other Southeastern Asia
21,542
Western Asia 17,018
Israel
2,455
Lebanon
2,436
Other Western Asia
12,127
Other Asia (no country specified) 947
Africa 49,103
Eastern Africa 10,655
Northern Africa
8,230
Western Africa
19,790
Middle and Southern Africa
5,807
Other Africa (no country specified)
4,621
Oceania 2,595
Australia and New Zealand subregion 2,174
Oceania (no country specified) 421
Americas 439,253
Latin America 421,999
Caribbean
35,657

Cuba

5,907

Jamaica

9,281

Other Caribbean

20,469
Central America
345,140

Mexico

258,633

El Salvador

29,990

Other Central America

56,517
South America
41,202

Brazil

5,173

Colombia

12,392

Other South America

23,637
Northern America 17,254
Canada
17,002
Other Northern America
252
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 158,093
1990-1999 216,389
2000-2009 289,846
Since 2010 99,256
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 6.4%
Born in Asia 25.8%
Born in Europe 9.9%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 55.3%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.3%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 35.9%
Country #2 5.7%
Country #3 3.7%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 9.9%
Northern Europe 2.7%
United Kingdom 2.1%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 2.8%
France 0.3%
Germany 2.0%
Other Western Europe 0.5%
Southern Europe 1.2%
Italy 0.4%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 0.6%
Eastern Europe 3.3%
Poland 0.4%
Russia 0.6%
Other Eastern Europe 2.3%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 25.8%
Eastern Asia 6.5%
China 3.9%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.4%
Taiwan 0.5%
Japan 0.7%
Korea 1.9%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 9.1%
India 7.0%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 1.8%
Southeastern Asia 7.9%
Philippines 2.4%
Vietnam 2.7%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.8%
Western Asia 2.2%
Israel 0.3%
Lebanon 0.3%
Other Western Asia 1.6%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 6.4%
Eastern Africa 1.4%
Northern Africa 1.1%
Western Africa 2.6%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.8%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.6%
Oceania 0.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 57.5%
Latin America 55.3%
Caribbean 4.7%
Cuba 0.8%
Jamaica 1.2%
Other Caribbean 2.7%
Central America 45.2%
Mexico 33.9%
El Salvador 3.9%
Other Central America 7.4%
South America 5.4%
Brazil 0.7%
Colombia 1.6%
Other South America 3.1%
Northern America 2.3%
Canada 2.2%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 20.7%
1980-1989 28.3%
1990-1999 38.0%
Since 2000 13.0%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 430,000
Born in Africa 20,369
Born in Asia 93,133
Born in Europe 60,222
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 239,853
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 14,598
Cat28 1,825
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 India
Country #3 Germany
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 4.7%
Born in Asia 21.7%
Born in Europe 14.0%
Born in Latin America 55.8%
Born in Northern America 3.4%
Born in Oceania 0.4%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 40.0%
Country #2 3.8%
Country #3 3.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 110,539
Born in Africa 5,269
Born in Asia 38,854
Born in Europe 35,764
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 22,823
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 6,991
Cat21 838
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Germany
Country #2 Mexico
Country #3 United Kingdom
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 4.8%
Born in Asia 35.1%
Born in Europe 32.4%
Born in Latin America 20.6%
Born in Northern America 6.3%
Born in Oceania 0.8%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 10.2%
Country #2 7.7%
Country #3 7.2%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 763,584
Naturalized citizens 269,435
Noncitizens 494,149
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 269,435
Before 1980 29,707
1980-1989 28,056
1990-1999 45,507
2000-2009 97,722
Since 2010 68,443
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 35.3%
Noncitizens 64.7%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 11.0%
1980-1989 10.4%
1990-1999 16.9%
2000-2009 36.3%
Since 2010 25.4%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 430,000
Naturalized citizens 112,822
Noncitizens 317,178
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 26.2%
Noncitizens 73.8%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 115,077
Naturalized citizens 49,616
Noncitizens 65,461
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 43.1%
Noncitizens 56.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 260,758
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 19,530
% married among women who gave birth
76.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
24.0%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 2,142,332
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 101,981
% married among women who gave birth 60.0%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 40.0%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 3.42
Average family size 3.84
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.48
Average family size 3.08
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 2,173,707
Only native parent(s)
1,774,667
One or more foreign-born parents
399,040

Child is native

351,641

Child is foreign born

47,399
Children under age 6 with 703,950
Only native parent(s)
565,450
One or more foreign-born parents
138,500

Child is native

131,442

Child is foreign born

7,058
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,469,757
Only native parent(s)
1,209,217
One or more foreign-born parents
260,540

Child is native

220,199

Child is foreign born

40,341
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

1,060,912
Only native parents 793,972
One or more foreign-born parents 266,940
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.4%
Child is native 16.2%
Child is foreign born 2.2%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 80.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 19.7%
Child is native 18.7%
Child is foreign born 1.0%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 82.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 17.7%
Child is native 15.0%
Child is foreign born 2.7%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 74.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.2%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,847,485
Only native parent(s) 1,679,668
One or more foreign-born parents 167,817
Child is native 123,593
Child is foreign born 44,224
Children under age 6 with 611,440
Only native parent(s) 541,905
One or more foreign-born parents 69,535
Child is native 59,710
Child is foreign born 9,825
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,236,045
Only native parent(s) 1,137,763
One or more foreign-born parents 98,282
Child is native 63,883
Child is foreign born 34,399
Children in Low-Income Families* 698,925
Only native parents 613,915
One or more foreign-born parents 85,010
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 90.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 9.1%
Child is native 6.7%
Child is foreign born 2.4%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.4%
Child is native 9.8%
Child is foreign born 1.6%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 92.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 8.0%
Child is native 5.2%
Child is foreign born 2.8%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 87.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 12.2%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,530,480
Only native parent(s) 1,478,643
One or more foreign-born parents 51,837
Child is native 42,564
Child is foreign born 9,273
Children under age 6 with 526,359
Only native parent(s) 506,775
One or more foreign-born parents 19,584
Child is native 17,733
Child is foreign born 1,851
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,004,121
Only native parent(s) 971,868
One or more foreign-born parents 32,253
Child is native 24,831
Child is foreign born 7,422
Children in Low-Income Families* 619,413
Only native parents 599,766
One or more foreign-born parents 19,647
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.4%
Child is native 2.8%
Child is foreign born 0.6%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.7%
Child is native 3.4%
Child is foreign born 0.4%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 96.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.2%
Child is native 2.5%
Child is foreign born 0.7%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 96.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 3.2%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2014 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2014 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.