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State Demographics Data - NC

North Carolina

Demographics & Social
2016
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 789,638
% Foreign Born 7.8%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2016 83.6%
% change: 1990-2000 273.7%
Race (%)  
One race 98.2%
White
45.8%
Black or African American
8.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.8%
Asian
24.0%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.1%
Other race
18.9%
Two or more races 1.8%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 385,515
% Latino 48.8%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.9%
5-17 6.6%
18-64 83.7%
65 and older 8.8%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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.

39.9
Gender (% female) 49.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.1%
Married 60.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 13.2%

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 9,357,150
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 22.8%
% change: 1990-2000 17.0%
Race (%)  
One race 97.3%
White 70.8%
Black or African American 22.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2%
Asian 0.9%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.1%
Other race 1.7%
Two or more races 2.7%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 545,595
% Latino 5.8%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.3%
5-17 17.6%
18-64 60.1%
65 and older 16.0%
Median Age 38.4
Gender (% female) 51.6%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.5%
Married 47.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.3%
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.

789,638
Born in Africa 53,953
Born in Asia 219,973
Born in Europe 79,975
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 414,439
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 18,501
Born in Oceania 2,797
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.

789,638
Europe 79,975
Northern Europe 23,941
United Kingdom
19,617
Ireland
1,395
Other Northern Europe
2,929
Western Europe 21,947
France
2,799
Germany
15,197
Other Western Europe
3,951
Southern Europe 8,885
Italy
4,195
Portugal
803
Other Southern Europe
3,887
Eastern Europe 25,074
Poland
3,557
Russia
6,451
Other Eastern Europe
15,066
Other Europe (no country specified) 128
Asia 219,973
Eastern Asia 51,338
China
31,463

China, excluding Taiwan

26,981

Taiwan

4,482
Japan
6,201
Korea
13,674
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 86,379
India
65,624
Iran
3,954
Other South Central Asia
16,801
Southeastern Asia 64,197
Philippines
14,918
Vietnam
27,794
Other Southeastern Asia
21,485
Western Asia 16,325
Israel
2,005
Lebanon
3,233
Other Western Asia
11,087
Other Asia (no country specified) 1,734
Africa 53,953
Eastern Africa 16,390
Northern Africa
8,729
Western Africa
16,352
Middle and Southern Africa
8,272
Other Africa (no country specified)
4,210
Oceania 2,797
Australia and New Zealand subregion 2,028
Oceania (no country specified) 769
Americas 432,940
Latin America 414,439
Caribbean
37,405

Cuba

8,193

Jamaica

9,438

Other Caribbean

19,774
Central America
327,009

Mexico

231,329

El Salvador

33,828

Other Central America

61,852
South America
50,025

Brazil

6,084

Colombia

14,910

Other South America

29,031
Northern America 18,501
Canada
18,380
Other Northern America
121
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 162,461
1990-1999 213,149
2000-2009 250,895
Since 2010 163,133
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 6.8%
Born in Asia 27.9%
Born in Europe 10.1%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 52.5%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.3%
Born in Oceania 0.4%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 35.90
Country #2 5.70%
Country #3 3.70
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 10.1%
Northern Europe 3.0%
United Kingdom 2.5%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 2.8%
France 0.4%
Germany 1.9%
Other Western Europe 0.5%
Southern Europe 1.1%
Italy 0.5%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 0.5%
Eastern Europe 3.2%
Poland 0.5%
Russia 0.8%
Other Eastern Europe 1.9%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 27.9%
Eastern Asia 6.5%
China 4.0%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.4%
Taiwan 0.6%
Japan 0.8%
Korea 1.7%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 10.9%
India 8.3%
Iran 0.5%
Other South Central Asia 2.1%
Southeastern Asia 8.1%
Philippines 1.9%
Vietnam 3.5%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.7%
Western Asia 2.1%
Israel 0.3%
Lebanon 0.4%
Other Western Asia 1.4%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.2%
Africa 6.8%
Eastern Africa 2.1%
Northern Africa 1.1%
Western Africa 2.1%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.0%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.5%
Oceania 0.4%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 54.8%
Latin America 52.5%
Caribbean 4.7%
Cuba 1.0%
Jamaica 1.2%
Other Caribbean 2.5%
Central America 41.4%
Mexico 29.3%
El Salvador 4.3%
Other Central America 7.8%
South America 6.3%
Brazil 0.8%
Colombia 1.9%
Other South America 3.7%
Northern America 2.3%
Canada 2.3%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 20.6%
1980-1989 27.0%
1990-1999 31.8%
Since 2000 20.7%
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 40.00
Country #2 3.80%
Country #3 3.80
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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 10.20
Country #2 7.70%
Country #3 7.20%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 789,638
Naturalized citizens 313,140
Noncitizens 476,498
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 313,140
Before 1980 30,990
1980-1989 29,576
1990-1999 55,835
2000-2009 101,363
Since 2010 95,376
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 39.7%
Noncitizens 60.3%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 9.9%
1980-1989 9.4%
1990-1999 17.8%
2000-2009 32.4%
Since 2010 30.5%
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) 265,742
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 16,551
% married among women who gave birth
77.2%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
22.8%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 2,172,787
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 103,516
% married among women who gave birth 63.3%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 36.7%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
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Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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 3.38
Average family size 3.83
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.47
Average family size 3.06
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 2,162,867
Only native parent(s)
1,748,489
One or more foreign-born parents
414,378

Child is native

366,366

Child is foreign born

48,012
Children under age 6 with 679,806
Only native parent(s)
545,543
One or more foreign-born parents
134,263

Child is native

125,622

Child is foreign born

8,641
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,483,061
Only native parent(s)
1,202,946
One or more foreign-born parents
280,115

Child is native

240,744

Child is foreign born

39,371
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.

970,094
Only native parents 722,633
One or more foreign-born parents 247,461
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 80.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 19.2%
Child is native 16.9%
Child is foreign born 2.2%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 80.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 19.8%
Child is native 18.5%
Child is foreign born 1.3%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.9%
Child is native 16.2%
Child is foreign born 2.7%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 74.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.5%
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, 2016 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, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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.