North Carolina Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work

What is the population of North Carolina?

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There are 10,386,119 residents in North Carolina, with a median age of 42. Of this, 48.65% are males and 51.35% are females. US-born citizens make up 90.74% of the resident pool in North Carolina, while non-US-born citizens account for 4.5%. Additionally, 4.76% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 8,777,221 people in North Carolina currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 10,386,119 1.2%
Male Population 5,052,601 1.1%
Female Population 5,333,518 1.2%
Male population 48.65%
Female population 51.35%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 42 0.0%
Citizen US Born 9,424,076 1.2%
Citizen not US Born 467,340 3.8%
Not Citizen 494,703 -0.7%
Citizen US Born 90.74%
Citizen not US Born 4.5%
Not Citizen 4.76%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 52,122 -1.7%
Moved from Same County 744,112 -5.8%
Moved from Same State 380,529 0.1%
Moved from Different State 319,811 -0.1%
Same House as Last Year 8,777,221 2.0%
Moved from Abroad 0.51%
Moved from Same County 7.24%
Moved from Same State 3.7%
Moved from Different State 3.11%
Same House as Last Year 85.43%

What are the employment statistics in North Carolina?

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White-collar workers make up 76.61% of the working population in North Carolina, while blue-collar employees account for 23.39%. There are also 464,540 entrepreneurs in North Carolina (9.61% of the workforce); 3,348,122 workers employed in private companies (69.26%); and 672,977 people working in governmental institutions (13.92%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 3,703,299 2.1%
Blue Collar 1,130,556 -0.6%
White Collar 76.61%
Blue Collar 23.39%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 464,540 2.1%
Private Companies 3,348,122 1.2%
Governmental Workers 672,977 0.9%
Not for Profit Companies 348,216 4.7%
Self Employees 9.61%
Private Companies 69.26%
Governmental Workers 13.92%
Not for Profit Companies 7.2%

How many households are there in North Carolina?

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There are a total of 4,031,578 households in North Carolina, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 65.11% of these North Carolina households, while non-family units account for the remaining 34.89%. Additionally, 30.34% of households have children and 69.66% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 4,031,578 1.7%
Average People Per Household 2 -0.4%
Family Households 2,625,041 1.1%
Non-family Households 1,406,537 2.7%
Family Households 65.11%
Non-family Households 34.89%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 1,223,235 0.1%
Households without Children 2,808,343 2.4%
Households with Children 30.34%
Households without Children 69.66%

What are the median and average incomes in North Carolina?

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The average annual household income in North Carolina is $70,721, while the median household income sits at $50,914 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $57,659, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $60,781. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $36,607 and $40,030, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $70,721 3.1%
Median Household Income $50,914 3.2%
People below Poverty Level 1,385,397 -3.7%
People above Poverty Level 8,603,721 2.0%

How many homeowners and renters are there in North Carolina?

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There are 4,687,108 housing units in North Carolina, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1985. Of the 4,031,578 occupied housing units in North Carolina, 65.73% are owner-occupied, while 34.27% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 62.5% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $162,750. In general, housing costs reach $765 per month in North Carolina.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 4,687,108 1.3%
Median Year Built 1985 0.1%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 241,028 1.0%
Built between 1940 and 1949 160,520 -0.3%
Built between 1950 and 1959 321,554 0.4%
Built between 1960 and 1969 403,894 -1.6%
Built between 1970 and 1979 629,540 -0.4%
Built between 1980 and 1989 713,784 0.2%
Built between 1990 and 1999 922,749 0.4%
Built between 2000 and 2009 879,788 -2.1%
Built in 2010 or Later 414,251 23.7%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 4,031,578 1.7%
Owner Occupied 2,649,835 2.5%
Renter Occupied 1,381,743 0.2%
Owner Occupied 65.73%
Renter Occupied 34.27%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 1,656,220 1.4%
Without Mortgage 993,615 4.4%
Median Value with Mortgage $162,750 3.1%
Median Value without Mortgage $128,500 7.9%
Median Housing Costs per Month $765 0.3%
With Mortgage 62.5%
Without Mortgage 37.5%

What is the level of education in North Carolina?

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Approximately 32.69% of the population in North Carolina holds a high school degree (that's 2,744,819 residents), while 26.21% have attained a college certificate (2,201,244 locals) and 18.43% have a bachelor's degree (1,547,401 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 314,908 -3.9%
Some High School 2,744,819 -0.3%
Some College 2,201,244 2.1%
Associate Degree 757,505 4.1%
Bachelor's Degree 1,547,401 3.8%
Graduate Degree 831,732 4.8%
No High School 3.75%
Some High School 32.69%
Some College 26.21%
Associate Degree 9.02%
Bachelor's Degree 18.43%
Graduate Degree 9.9%

What is the marital status of North Carolina residents?

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A total of 2,718,471 people in North Carolina have never been married (which represents 31.26% of the total population), while 4,337,745 of them are wedded (49.88%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 212,624 (2.44%) and 911,852 (10.48%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 2,718,471 2.4%
Married 4,337,745 1.1%
Separated 212,624 -3.3%
Widowed 516,471 0.7%
Divorced 911,852 0.7%
Never Married 31.26%
Married 49.88%
Separated 2.44%
Widowed 5.94%
Divorced 10.48%

What are the most common means of transportation in North Carolina?

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The top three means of transportation people in North Carolina use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 4,263,839 residents commute by car, 84,369 prefer going to work by walking and 39,862 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 4,263,839 -0.5%
Bus or TrolleyBus 39,862 -5.3%
Railroad 2,484 23.0%
Ferryboat 718 76.9%
Bicycle 8,019 -13.7%
Motorcycle 5,190 -8.2%
TaxiCab 6,401 19.9%
Walk 84,369 -1.6%

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2020 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

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