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State Demographics Data - NC

North Carolina

Demographics & Social
2013
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 749,426
% Foreign Born 7.6%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2013 74.3%
% change: 1990-2000 273.7%
Race (%)  
One race 98.0%
White
44.2%
Black or African American
9.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.4%
Asian
22.0%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.2%
Other race
22.0%
Two or more races 2.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 390,887
% Latino 52.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.7%
5-17 7.2%
18-64 84.7%
65 and older 7.4%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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) 47.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 30.3%
Married 57.1%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 12.6%

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 9,098,634
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 19.4%
% change: 1990-2000 17.0%
Race (%)  
One race 97.6%
White 71.2%
Black or African American 22.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2%
Asian 0.8%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.1%
Other race 1.7%
Two or more races 2.4%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 476,318
% Latino 5.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 6.6%
5-17 17.8%
18-64 60.7%
65 and older 14.8%
Median Age 37.9
Gender (% female) 51.6%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 31.8%
Married 47.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.8%
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.

749,426
Born in Africa 44,432
Born in Asia 183,109
Born in Europe 78,811
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 422,725
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 16,867
Born in Oceania 3,482
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.

749,426
Europe 78,811
Northern Europe 23,638
United Kingdom
19,467
Ireland
1,418
Other Northern Europe
2,753
Western Europe 21,698
France
3,098
Germany
15,202
Other Western Europe
3,398
Southern Europe 8,696
Italy
3,750
Portugal
423
Other Southern Europe
4,523
Eastern Europe 24,533
Poland
3,472
Russia
5,040
Other Eastern Europe
16,021
Other Europe (no country specified) 246
Asia 183,109
Eastern Asia 46,660
China
27,332

China, excluding Taiwan

24,176

Taiwan

3,156
Japan
5,078
Korea
14,250
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 62,440
India
44,956
Iran
1,682
Other South Central Asia
15,802
Southeastern Asia 63,040
Philippines
16,128
Vietnam
26,830
Other Southeastern Asia
20,082
Western Asia 10,373
Israel
1,122
Lebanon
1,072
Other Western Asia
8,179
Other Asia (no country specified) 596
Africa 44,432
Eastern Africa 12,261
Northern Africa
3,861
Western Africa
15,385
Middle and Southern Africa
9,717
Other Africa (no country specified)
3,208
Oceania 3,482
Australia and New Zealand subregion 1,991
Oceania (no country specified) 1,491
Americas 439,592
Latin America 422,725
Caribbean
34,986

Cuba

6,980

Jamaica

9,476

Other Caribbean

18,530
Central America
343,121

Mexico

249,215

El Salvador

27,396

Other Central America

66,510
South America
44,618

Brazil

4,365

Colombia

15,111

Other South America

25,142
Northern America 16,867
Canada
16,572
Other Northern America
295
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 162,002
1990-1999 220,731
2000-2009 280,959
Since 2010 85,734
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 5.9%
Born in Asia 24.4%
Born in Europe 10.5%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 56.4%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.3%
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 10.5%
Northern Europe 3.2%
United Kingdom 2.6%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 2.9%
France 0.4%
Germany 2.0%
Other Western Europe 0.5%
Southern Europe 1.2%
Italy 0.5%
Portugal 0.1%
Other Southern Europe 0.6%
Eastern Europe 3.3%
Poland 0.5%
Russia 0.7%
Other Eastern Europe 2.1%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 24.4%
Eastern Asia 6.2%
China 3.6%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.2%
Taiwan 0.4%
Japan 0.7%
Korea 1.9%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 8.3%
India 6.0%
Iran 0.2%
Other South Central Asia 2.1%
Southeastern Asia 8.4%
Philippines 2.2%
Vietnam 3.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 2.7%
Western Asia 1.4%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.1%
Other Western Asia 1.1%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 5.9%
Eastern Africa 1.6%
Northern Africa 0.5%
Western Africa 2.1%
Middle and Southern Africa 1.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.4%
Oceania 0.5%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.3%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.2%
Americas 58.7%
Latin America 56.4%
Caribbean 4.7%
Cuba 0.9%
Jamaica 1.3%
Other Caribbean 2.5%
Central America 45.8%
Mexico 33.3%
El Salvador 3.7%
Other Central America 8.9%
South America 6.0%
Brazil 0.6%
Colombia 2.0%
Other South America 3.4%
Northern America 2.3%
Canada 2.2%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 21.6%
1980-1989 29.5%
1990-1999 37.5%
Since 2000 11.4%
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 749,426
Naturalized citizens 239,232
Noncitizens 510,194
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 239,232
Before 1980 29,750
1980-1989 21,818
1990-1999 48,356
2000-2009 90,588
Since 2010 48,720
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 31.9%
Noncitizens 68.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 12.4%
1980-1989 9.1%
1990-1999 20.2%
2000-2009 37.9%
Since 2010 20.4%
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) 256,035
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 20,491
% married among women who gave birth
73.6%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
26.4%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 2,137,118
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 97,757
% 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, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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 3.49
Average family size 3.87
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. These figures do not include children under 18 who reside in a home with no parents.

 
Children under age 18 with 2,158,352
Only native parent(s)
1,762,994
One or more foreign-born parents
390,931

Child is native

342,188

Child is foreign born

48,743
Children under age 6 with 708,285
Only native parent(s)
560,959
One or more foreign-born parents
145,489

Child is native

138,640

Child is foreign born

6,849
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,450,067
Only native parent(s)
1,202,035
One or more foreign-born parents
245,442

Child is native

203,548

Child is foreign born

41,894
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.

1,046,179
Only native parents 790,331
One or more foreign-born parents 255,152
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.1%
Child is native 15.9%
Child is foreign born 2.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 79.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 20.5%
Child is native 19.6%
Child is foreign born 1.0%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 82.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 16.9%
Child is native 14.0%
Child is foreign born 2.9%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 75.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 24.4%
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, 2013 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, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2013 American Community Survey (ACS), and Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming data are from pooled 2009-2013 ACS. Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2013 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.
  • Beginning with the 2013 ACS, the U.S. Census Bureau includes children of same-sex married couples in the total number of children; the same information is unavailable by parental nativity. This means that the sum of children of natives and children of immigrants (in absolute and percent terms) may be smaller than the total number of children.
  • 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.