Community Development Data Tracker

Population

NC Population Estimate, 2015

10,042,802

The population estimate is the annual estimate of the resident population as of July 1, 2015 as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPANNRES/0400000US37]  (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

NC Population Trend, 2010-15

Population estimates represent the annual estimates of the resident population as of July 1 each year following the 2010 Census as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPANNRES/0400000US37] (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

NC Rural/Urban Population, 2014

Note: The terms “rural” and “urban” here refer to data for nonmetro and metro areas, a county-level classification defined by the Office of Management and Budget. For these numbers, the USDA's Economic Research Service uses the February 2013 version of nonmetro and metro areas because it reflects conditions at the beginning of the decade. See ERS What is Rural? web page for a discussion of differences between metro-nonmetro categories and the Census Bureau’s rural-urban classification.

Source: USDA Economic Research Service using Bureau of the Census - Census of Population and Housing data [http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/state-fact-sheets/state-data.aspx?StateFIPS=37&StateName=North%20Carolina]  (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

NC Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2014

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The American Community Survey's Demographic and Housing Estimates provide a more nuanced breakdown of racial demographics with Hispanic or Latino ethnicity removed. In the above graph, we have included "White, not Hispanic or Latino" only because that is the only racial category provided from the source for the bar graph below, "NC Population Under 18 by Race/Ethnicity, 2014." We included it here to show the difference between the percentage of whites in the overall population and in the population under 18, an indicator of the state's shifting demographics. To see the breakdown by other races for this data, click on the source link in the "Explore This Data" button below.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_5YR/DP05/0400000US37]  (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

NC Population Under 18 by Race/Ethnicity, 2014

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In the above graph, "White, not Hispanic or Latino" is the only racial category provided in 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates' Children Characteristics data. We included it here to compare the difference between the percentage of whites in the overall population (in the "NC Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2014" in the preceding graph) and in the population under 18, an indicator of the state's shifting demographics.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_5YR/S0901/0400000US37] (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

Educational Attainment of NC Population 25 Years and Older, 2014

Note: EdNC combined the original seven categories in the ACS data to create the four category classification here. We combined "Less than 9th grade" and "9th to 12th grade, no diploma" into the single "Less than a high school graduate" category. We combined the "Some college, no degree" and "Associate's degree" into the "Some college or associate's degree" category. "Bachelor's degree" and "Graduate or professional degree" were combined into the "Bachelor's degree or higher" category.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_5YR/S1501/0400000US37]  (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

Poverty

Median Household Income in NC, 2014

$46,596

Source: Bureau of the Census, Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates Program [http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/data/interactive/saipe.html?s_appName=saipe&map_yearSelector=2014&map_geoSelector=mhi_s&s_measures=mhi_snc&s_state=37]  (Retrieved on February 9, 2016). Click on the highlighted map of North Carolina to see the estimate.

Median Household Income by NC County, 2014

Source: Bureau of the Census, Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates Program  [http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/data/interactive/saipe.html?s_appName=saipe&map_yearSelector=2014&map_geoSelector=aa_c&s_state=37&menu=grid_proxy&s_measures=mhi_snc] (Retrieved on February 9, 2016).

Unbanked Households in NC, 2013

8.4%

Of all households in the country, 7.7 percent have neither a checking nor savings account. North Carolina ranks 35th in the nation.

Definition: Percentage of households with neither a checking nor savings account.

Source: 2013 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households (Retrieved on April 12, 2016 from Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/state/nc] ).

Underbanked Households in NC, 2013

21.5%

Of all households in the country, 20.0 percent are considered underbanked. North Carolina ranks 35th in the nation.

Definition: Percentage of households that have a checking and/or a savings account and have used non-bank money orders, non-bank check-cashing services, non-bank remittances, payday loans, rent-to-own services, pawn shops or refund anticipation loans (RALs) in the past 12 months.

Source: 2013 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households (Retrieved on April 12, 2016 from Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/state/nc] ).

Income Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2014

Percentage of households with income below the federal poverty threshold. Income poverty is a fundamental indicator of financial insecurity and instability. If a household's total income is below the poverty threshold, then they are considered poor.

HOC: Households of Color (e.g., all non-White households)

Source: CFED's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/report/racial-disparity-report]  (Retrieved on April 12, 2016).

Asset Poverty Rates by Race, 2011

Percentage of households without sufficient net worth to subsist at the poverty level for three months in the absence of income, 2011. This measure expands the notion of poverty to include how much of a financial cushion a household has to weather financial crises such as a job loss, medical emergency or the need to fix a car.

HOC: Households of Color (e.g., all non-White households)

Source: CFED's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/report/racial-disparity-report]  (Retrieved on April 12, 2016).

Liquid Asset Poverty Rate by Race, 2011

Percentage of households without sufficient liquid assets to subsist at the poverty level for three months in the absence of income. Liquid asset poor households lack the savings to cover basic expenses for three months if unemployment, a medical emergency or other crisis leads to a loss of stable income. They do not have a basic personal safety net to prepare for emergencies or future needs, such as a child’s college education or homeownership.

HOC: Households of Color (e.g., all non-White households)

Source: CFED's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/report/racial-disparity-report]  (Retrieved on April 12, 2016).

Extreme Asset Poverty by Race, 2011

Percentage of households that have zero or negative net worth. A household with negative net worth owes more than it owns; its household debt is greater than its financial assets. This measure describes the severity of asset poverty and demonstrates that some households have no financial cushion to help them weather a financial crisis.

HOC: Households of Color (e.g., all non-White households)

Source: CFED's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/report/racial-disparity-report]  (Retrieved on April 12, 2016).

NC Poverty Rate by Educational Attainment, 2014

The 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates' Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months data sorts the poverty rate for educational attainment by those 25 years and over. At the time of the measure, 13.4 percent of the state's population age 25 years and over were living in poverty. Of those 857, 862 individuals, the ACS data sorts them by educational attainment status above.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_5YR/S1701/0400000US37] (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

NC Households with Children Receiving Public Assistance, 2014

Children under 18 years in households receiving public assistance in the past 12 months including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), cash public assistance income, or Food Stamps/SNAP.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_5YR/S0901/0400000US37]  (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

NC Children in Poverty, 2014

Poverty status in the past 12 months for children in households for whom poverty status is determined.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates [http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_5YR/S0901/0400000US37] (Retrieved on February 6, 2016).

Percentage of Children Below Poverty Level by NC County, 2014

Please note the following from the USDA's Economic Research Service: County-level poverty rates from the 1990 and 2000 Census of Population can be viewed here. Information about poverty estimates can be viewed here.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, from the USDA's Economic Research Service [http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/county-level-data-sets/poverty.aspx]  (Retrieved on February 7, 2016). To view data, choose North Carolina from the list of states below the map. Children ages 0-17 in poverty for 2014 is listed in the far right columns.

Housing

Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity, 2014

HOC: Households of Color (e.g., all non-White households)

Source: CFED's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/report/racial-disparity-report] (Retrieved on April 12, 2016).

Housing Cost Burden for NC Homeowners, 2014

28.5%

The national housing cost burden for homeowners is 30.8 percent. North Carolina ranks 24th in the nation.

Definition: Percentage of mortgaged owners spending 30% or more of household income on selected monthly owner costs.

Source: US Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey (Retrieved on April 12, 2016 from Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/state/nc] ).

Housing Cost Burden for NC Renters, 2014

50.8%

The national housing cost burden for renters is 51.8 percent. North Carolina ranks 29th in the nation.

Definition: Percentage of renter-occupied units spending 30% or more of household income on rent and utilities.

Source: US Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey (Retrieved on April 12, 2016 from Assets & Opportunity Scorecard [http://scorecard.assetsandopportunity.org/latest/state/nc] ).

Affordable rent compared to fair market rent NC, 2015

Affordable Rent: For rent to be considered affordable, the cost of rent and utilities must not exceed 30% of household income.

Fair Market Rent: HUD’s best estimate of what a household seeking a modest rental unit in a short amount of time can expect to pay for rent and utilities in the current market.

Income Levels:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments are $733 per month.
  • Minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour.
  • 30 percent of the estimated area median income (AMI) is $17,757.
  • The estimated median renter income for North Carolina is $29,898 per year.

 

Source: Out of Reach 2015 [http://nlihc.org/oor/north-carolina] , National Low-Income Housing Coalition (Retrieved on April 12, 2016).

Housing Stability and Children’s Educational Success

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Click on the map above for an interactive analysis of housing stability patterns in North Carolina.

Source: Housing stability and children’s educational success [https://www.ednc.org/map/2016/03/housing-stability-and-childrens-educational-success/] , by Emily Antoszyk (The Friday Institute/EducationNC) (Retrieved on April 22, 2016).

Homeless People in NC, 2015

10,683

The Point-in-Time Count is a statewide, unduplicated count of homeless people held on one night at the end of January each year.

Source: North Carolina Point-in-Time Count [http://www.ncceh.org/pitdata/] from the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness (Retrieved April 22, 2016).

Homeless Children in NC, 2015

2,295

The Point-in-Time Count is a statewide, unduplicated count of homeless people held on one night at the end of January each year.

Source: North Carolina Point-in-Time Count [http://www.ncceh.org/pitdata/] from the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness (Retrieved February 9, 2016).

Hunger

Food Insecure People in North Carolina, 2014

1,764,800

Food Insecurity Rate in North Carolina: 17.7%

Source: Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in North Carolina. [http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/overall/north-carolina] Feeding America (Retrieved on April 11, 2016).

Food Insecurity in North Carolina, 2014

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Click on the map above to explore food insecurity data by NC county in Feeding American's Mapping the Meal Gap.

Source: Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in North Carolina. [http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/overall/north-carolina] Feeding America (Retrieved on April 11, 2016).

Food Insecure Children in North Carolina, 2014

564,240

Food Insecurity Rate in North Carolina (Children): 24.6%

Source: Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in North Carolina. [http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/child/north-carolina] Feeding America (Retrieved on April 11, 2016).

Food Insecurity of Children in North Carolina, 2014

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Click on the map above to explore food insecurity data of children by NC county in Feeding American's Mapping the Meal Gap.

Source: Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in North Carolina. [http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2014/child/north-carolina] Feeding America (Retrieved on April 11, 2016).

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