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 10,470,214 residents in North Carolina, with a median age of 39.1. Of this, 49.01% are males and 50.99% are females. US-born citizens make up 90.37% of the resident pool in North Carolina, while non-US-born citizens account for 4.84%. Additionally, 4.78% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 8,935,190 people in North Carolina currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 10,470,214 1.0%
Male Population 5,131,370 1.3%
Female Population 5,338,844 0.8%
Male population 49.01%
Female population 50.99%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 39.1 0.3%
Citizen US Born 9,462,118 0.8%
Citizen not US Born 507,143 4.9%
Not Citizen 500,953 0.8%
Citizen US Born 90.37%
Citizen not US Born 4.84%
Not Citizen 4.78%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 50,937 1.6%
Moved from Same County 669,611 -5.6%
Moved from Same State 385,447 2.7%
Moved from Different State 321,667 1.8%
Same House as Last Year 8,935,190 1.4%
Moved from Abroad 0.49%
Moved from Same County 6.46%
Moved from Same State 3.72%
Moved from Different State 3.1%
Same House as Last Year 86.22%

What are the employment statistics in North Carolina?

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White-collar workers make up 76.84% of the working population in North Carolina, while blue-collar employees account for 23.16%. There are also 483,226 entrepreneurs in North Carolina (9.81% of the workforce); 3,401,300 workers employed in private companies (69.05%); and 678,370 people working in governmental institutions (13.77%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 3,784,843 1.8%
Blue Collar 1,140,657 1.2%
White Collar 76.84%
Blue Collar 23.16%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 483,226 2.5%
Private Companies 3,401,300 1.6%
Governmental Workers 678,370 0.6%
Not for Profit Companies 362,604 2.8%
Self Employees 9.81%
Private Companies 69.05%
Governmental Workers 13.77%
Not for Profit Companies 7.36%

How many households are there in North Carolina?

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There are a total of 4,105,232 households in North Carolina, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 64.64% of these North Carolina households, while non-family units account for the remaining 35.36%. Additionally, 29.69% of households have children and 70.31% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 4,105,232 1.8%
Average People Per Household 2 -0.8%
Family Households 2,653,429 1.4%
Non-family Households 1,451,803 2.4%
Family Households 64.64%
Non-family Households 35.36%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 1,218,725 0.5%
Households without Children 2,886,507 2.3%
Households with Children 29.69%
Households without Children 70.31%

What are the median and average incomes in North Carolina?

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The average annual household income in North Carolina is $92,878, while the median household income sits at $66,186 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $73,212, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $78,923. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $39,218 and $49,257, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $92,878 9.4%
Median Household Income $66,186 9.4%
People below Poverty Level 1,334,531 -1.5%
People above Poverty Level 8,747,629 1.3%

How many homeowners and renters are there in North Carolina?

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There are 4,739,881 housing units in North Carolina, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1990. Of the 4,105,232 occupied housing units in North Carolina, 66.21% are owner-occupied, while 33.79% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 62.2% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $259,000. In general, housing costs reach $1,080 per month in North Carolina.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 4,739,881 1.4%
Median Year Built 1990 0.1%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 237,288 -0.4%
Built between 1940 and 1949 152,740 -2.0%
Built between 1950 and 1959 310,255 -1.3%
Built between 1960 and 1969 389,184 -0.4%
Built between 1970 and 1979 604,445 -1.4%
Built between 1980 and 1989 691,272 -0.4%
Built between 1990 and 1999 867,775 -2.8%
Built between 2000 and 2009 885,500 1.3%
Built between 2010 and 2019 564,058 15.3%
Built in 2020 or Later 37,364 229.7%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 4,105,232 1.8%
Owner Occupied 2,717,961 2.2%
Renter Occupied 1,387,271 0.9%
Owner Occupied 66.21%
Renter Occupied 33.79%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 1,690,466 1.8%
Without Mortgage 1,027,495 2.8%
Median Value with Mortgage $259,000 17.7%
Median Value without Mortgage $185,500 16.4%
Median Housing Costs per Month $1,080 8.9%
With Mortgage 62.2%
Without Mortgage 37.8%

What is the level of education in North Carolina?

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Approximately 33.21% of the population in North Carolina holds a high school degree (that's 2,718,920 residents), while 22.42% have attained a college certificate (2,180,677 locals) and 20.08% have a bachelor's degree (1,644,048 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 301,112 -1.6%
Some High School 2,718,920 0.9%
Some College 2,180,677 -0.0%
Associate Degree 782,179 2.2%
Bachelor's Degree 1,644,048 3.9%
Graduate Degree 904,304 4.5%
No High School 3.68%
Some High School 33.21%
Some College 22.42%
Associate Degree 9.55%
Bachelor's Degree 20.08%
Graduate Degree 11.05%

What is the marital status of North Carolina residents?

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A total of 2,803,490 people in North Carolina have never been married (which represents 32.63% of the total population), while 4,357,907 of them are wedded (50.73%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 196,698 (2.29%) and 919,306 (10.7%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 2,803,490 2.2%
Married 4,357,907 1.1%
Separated 196,698 -4.9%
Widowed 510,472 2.0%
Divorced 919,306 0.1%
Never Married 32.63%
Married 50.73%
Separated 2.29%
Widowed 5.94%
Divorced 10.7%

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 4,125,716 residents commute by car, 78,758 prefer going to work by walking and 32,606 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 4,125,716 -0.8%
Bus or TrolleyBus 32,606 -8.7%
Subway or Elevated 1,760 N/A
Railroad 619 -77.0%
Ferryboat 893 11.5%
Bicycle 7,340 -5.4%
Motorcycle 4,851 0.8%
TaxiCab 6,858 2.6%
Walk 78,758 -0.9%

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2022 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.