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State Demographics Data - NC

North Carolina

Demographics & Social
2015
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 794,684
% Foreign Born 7.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 84.8%
% change: 1990-2000 273.7%
Race (%)  
One race 97.8%
White
47.6%
Black or African American
7.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.6%
Asian
23.2%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.1%
Other race
18.5%
Two or more races 2.2%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 393,227
% Latino 49.5%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.0%
5-17 6.0%
18-64 84.2%
65 and older 8.8%
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 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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.

39.2
Gender (% female) 48.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.9%
Married 61.3%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 11.8%

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 9,248,118
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 21.4%
% change: 1990-2000 17.0%
Race (%)  
One race 97.6%
White 70.9%
Black or African American 22.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3%
Asian 0.9%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 1.7%
Two or more races 2.4%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 518,447
% Latino 5.6%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.4%
5-17 17.8%
18-64 60.2%
65 and older 15.6%
Median Age 38.2
Gender (% female) 51.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.2%
Married 46.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.0%
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.

794,515
Born in Africa 47,503
Born in Asia 210,136
Born in Europe 87,866
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 426,055
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 20,990
Born in Oceania 1,965
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.

794,515
Europe 87,866
Northern Europe 23,063
United Kingdom
18,431
Ireland
1,654
Other Northern Europe
2,978
Western Europe 25,022
France
3,492
Germany
17,462
Other Western Europe
4,068
Southern Europe 6,716
Italy
2,694
Portugal
453
Other Southern Europe
3,569
Eastern Europe 32,979
Poland
3,533
Russia
8,276
Other Eastern Europe
21,170
Other Europe (no country specified) 86
Asia 210,136
Eastern Asia 49,785
China
30,965

China, excluding Taiwan

27,259

Taiwan

3,706
Japan
4,230
Korea
14,557
Other Eastern Asia
33
South Central Asia 85,568
India
61,591
Iran
4,625
Other South Central Asia
19,352
Southeastern Asia 58,614
Philippines
15,574
Vietnam
22,023
Other Southeastern Asia
21,017
Western Asia 15,271
Israel
1,495
Lebanon
1,131
Other Western Asia
12,645
Other Asia (no country specified) 898
Africa 47,503
Eastern Africa 10,660
Northern Africa
10,342
Western Africa
13,749
Middle and Southern Africa
9,179
Other Africa (no country specified)
3,573
Oceania 1,965
Australia and New Zealand subregion 1,681
Oceania (no country specified) 284
Americas 447,045
Latin America 426,055
Caribbean
36,707

Cuba

9,027

Jamaica

7,822

Other Caribbean

19,858
Central America
341,013

Mexico

240,122

El Salvador

29,816

Other Central America

71,075
South America
48,335

Brazil

4,991

Colombia

15,672

Other South America

27,672
Northern America 20,990
Canada
20,923
Other Northern America
67
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 167,940
1990-1999 200,123
2000-2009 291,170
Since 2010 135,451
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 6.0%
Born in Asia 26.4%
Born in Europe 11.1%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 53.6%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.6%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 35.9%
Country #2 5.7%
Country #3 3.7%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 11.1%
Northern Europe 2.9%
United Kingdom 2.3%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 3.1%
France 0.4%
Germany 2.2%
Other Western Europe 0.5%
Southern Europe 0.8%
Italy 0.3%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 0.4%
Eastern Europe 4.2%
Poland 0.4%
Russia 1.0%
Other Eastern Europe 2.7%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 26.4%
Eastern Asia 6.3%
China 3.9%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.4%
Taiwan 0.5%
Japan 0.5%
Korea 1.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 10.8%
India 7.8%
Iran 0.6%
Other South Central Asia 2.4%
Southeastern Asia 7.4%
Philippines 2.0%
Vietnam 2.8%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.6%
Western Asia 1.9%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 1.6%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 6.0%
Eastern Africa 1.3%
Northern Africa 1.3%
Western Africa 1.7%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.2%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 56.3%
Latin America 53.6%
Caribbean 4.6%
Cuba 1.1%
Jamaica 1.0%
Other Caribbean 2.5%
Central America 42.9%
Mexico 30.2%
El Salvador 3.8%
Other Central America 8.9%
South America 6.1%
Brazil 0.6%
Colombia 2.0%
Other South America 3.5%
Northern America 2.6%
Canada 2.6%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 21.1%
1980-1989 25.2%
1990-1999 36.6%
Since 2000 17.0%
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 794,684
Naturalized citizens 297,427
Noncitizens 497,257
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 297,427
Before 1980 32,090
1980-1989 27,037
1990-1999 57,648
2000-2009 99,198
Since 2010 81,454
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 37.4%
Noncitizens 62.6%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 10.8%
1980-1989 9.1%
1990-1999 19.4%
2000-2009 33.4%
Since 2010 27.4%
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) 265,117
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 19,255
% married among women who gave birth
70.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
29.2%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 2,145,211
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 100,470
% married among women who gave birth 60.3%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 39.7%
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 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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 3.37
Average family size 3.78
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.47
Average family size 3.07
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 2,165,764
Only native parent(s)
1,753,320
One or more foreign-born parents
412,444

Child is native

368,458

Child is foreign born

43,986
Children under age 6 with 697,340
Only native parent(s)
553,250
One or more foreign-born parents
144,090

Child is native

135,342

Child is foreign born

8,748
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,468,424
Only native parent(s)
1,200,070
One or more foreign-born parents
268,354

Child is native

233,116

Child is foreign born

35,238
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.

1,028,071
Only native parents 772,410
One or more foreign-born parents 255,661
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 19.0%
Child is native 17.0%
Child is foreign born 2.0%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 79.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 20.7%
Child is native 19.4%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.3%
Child is native 15.9%
Child is foreign born 2.4%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 75.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 24.9%
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, 2015 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 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 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.