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State Demographics Data - NC

North Carolina

Demographics & Social
2012
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 748,072
% Foreign Born 7.7%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2012 74.0%
% change: 1990-2000 273.7%
Race (%)  
One race 97.5%
White
49.7%
Black or African American
7.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.7%
Asian
21.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.3%
Other race
17.6%
Two or more races 2.5%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 392,225
% Latino 52.4%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.9%
5-17 7.9%
18-64 83.5%
65 and older 7.8%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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.

37.6
Gender (% female) 48.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 30.1%
Married 58.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 11.5%

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 9,004,001
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 18.2%
% change: 1990-2000 17.0%
Race (%)  
One race 97.7%
White 71.6%
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 1.4%
Two or more races 2.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 452,671
% Latino 5.0%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.7%
5-17 17.9%
18-64 61.0%
65 and older 14.3%
Median Age 37.9
Gender (% female) 51.5%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 30.8%
Married 48.1%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 21.1%
Foreign Born
Number 430,000
% Foreign Born 5.3%
Population Change over Time  
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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.

748,072
Born in Africa 46,033
Born in Asia 178,722
Born in Europe 82,186
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 421,149
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 15,872
Born in Oceania 4,110
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.

748,072
Europe 82,186
Northern Europe 24,131
United Kingdom
19,739
Ireland
1,705
Other Northern Europe
2,687
Western Europe 23,093
France
3,323
Germany
14,046
Other Western Europe
5,724
Southern Europe 9,825
Italy
3,891
Portugal
929
Other Southern Europe
5,005
Eastern Europe 25,063
Poland
3,351
Russia
6,329
Other Eastern Europe
15,383
Other Europe (no country specified) 74
Asia 178,722
Eastern Asia 46,703
China
26,094

China, excluding Taiwan

22,121

Taiwan

3,973
Japan
4,194
Korea
16,323
Other Eastern Asia
92
South Central Asia 56,101
India
42,522
Iran
2,497
Other South Central Asia
11,082
Southeastern Asia 63,892
Philippines
16,233
Vietnam
25,119
Other Southeastern Asia
22,540
Western Asia 10,330
Israel
1,159
Lebanon
699
Other Western Asia
8,472
Other Asia (no country specified) 1,696
Africa 46,033
Eastern Africa 8,837
Northern Africa
8,687
Western Africa
15,742
Middle and Southern Africa
7,173
Other Africa (no country specified)
5,594
Oceania 4,110
Australia and New Zealand subregion 2,378
Oceania (no country specified) 1,732
Americas 437,021
Latin America 421,149
Caribbean
34,298

Cuba

8,483

Jamaica

7,630

Other Caribbean

18,185
Central America
348,432

Mexico

268,586

El Salvador

27,627

Other Central America

52,219
South America
38,419

Brazil

4,765

Colombia

11,558

Other South America

22,096
Northern America 15,872
Canada
15,695
Other Northern America
177
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 169,346
1990-1999 215,296
2000-2009 301,718
Since 2010 61,712
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 6.2%
Born in Asia 23.9%
Born in Europe 11.0%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 56.3%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.1%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 35.9%
Country #2 5.7%
Country #3 3.7%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 11.0%
Northern Europe 3.2%
United Kingdom 2.6%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 3.1%
France 0.4%
Germany 1.9%
Other Western Europe 0.8%
Southern Europe 1.3%
Italy 0.5%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 0.7%
Eastern Europe 3.4%
Poland 0.4%
Russia 0.8%
Other Eastern Europe 2.1%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 23.9%
Eastern Asia 6.2%
China 3.5%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.0%
Taiwan 0.5%
Japan 0.6%
Korea 2.2%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 7.5%
India 5.7%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 1.5%
Southeastern Asia 8.5%
Philippines 2.2%
Vietnam 3.4%
Other Southeastern Asia 3.0%
Western Asia 1.4%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 1.1%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.2%
Africa 6.2%
Eastern Africa 1.2%
Northern Africa 1.2%
Western Africa 2.1%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.0%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.7%
Oceania 0.5%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.2%
Americas 58.4%
Latin America 56.3%
Caribbean 4.6%
Cuba 1.1%
Jamaica 1.0%
Other Caribbean 2.4%
Central America 46.6%
Mexico 35.9%
El Salvador 3.7%
Other Central America 7.0%
South America 5.1%
Brazil 0.6%
Colombia 1.5%
Other South America 3.0%
Northern America 2.1%
Canada 2.1%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 22.6%
1980-1989 28.8%
1990-1999 40.3%
Since 2000 8.2%
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 748,072
Naturalized citizens 239,280
Noncitizens 508,792
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 239,280
Before 1980 32,778
1980-1989 24,225
1990-1999 45,957
2000-2009 101,576
Since 2010 34,744
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 32.0%
Noncitizens 68.0%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 13.7%
1980-1989 10.1%
1990-1999 19.2%
2000-2009 42.5%
Since 2010 14.5%
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) 257,847
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 21,948
% married among women who gave birth
71.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
28.2%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 2,127,171
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 113,322
% married among women who gave birth 61.4%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 38.6%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and data for North Dakota and Wyoming are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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 3.46
Average family size 3.86
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.47
Average family size 3.05
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. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.

 
Children under age 18 with 2,168,092
Only native parent(s)
1,790,249
One or more foreign-born parents
377,843

Child is native

325,508

Child is foreign born

52,335
Children under age 6 with 719,530
Only native parent(s)
583,552
One or more foreign-born parents
135,978

Child is native

129,535

Child is foreign born

6,443
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,448,562
Only native parent(s)
1,206,697
One or more foreign-born parents
241,865

Child is native

195,973

Child is foreign born

45,892
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

1,078,063
Only native parents 829,945
One or more foreign-born parents 248,118
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 82.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 17.4%
Child is native 15.0%
Child is foreign born 2.4%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.9%
Child is native 18.0%
Child is foreign born 0.9%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 83.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.7%
Child is native 13.5%
Child is foreign born 3.2%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 77.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 23.0%
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 the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2012 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from the 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 a number 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, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS), and North Dakota and Wyoming data are from pooled 2007-2011 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2012 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 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.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.