Information About North Carolina

The total estimated population is 8,049,313. Density is very low at 165 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 7,946,053; Black: 5,804,656; American Indian: 1,737,545; Two or More Races: 186,629; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 113,689; Asian: 99,551; Other Race: 3,983; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 8,049,313 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 430,000 foreign born residents, of which 26.2% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 172,065; India: 16,264; Germany: 16,166; Canada: 14,317; United Kingdom: 14,034; Vietnam: 13,608; El Salvador: 10,838; U.S. Born: This State: 5,073,066; South: 1,190,783; Northeast: 678,908; Midwest: 425,495; West: 180,181;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in North Carolina Most Common US Birthplaces in North Carolina

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 35 years.

Age Distribution

There are 513,523 married couples with children and 397,186 single-parent households (7,189 men, 389,997 women).

The median household income is $39,184 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; North Carolina: $39,184;

12% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; North Carolina: 12%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 2,805,984; Government: 556,230; Self-employed: 226,530; Unpaid family work: 27,477; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 1,192,816; Sales and office: 947,865; Professional and related: 719,020; Production, transportation, and material moving: 715,128; Office and administrative support: 532,290; Service: 517,418;

Work Types in North Carolina Common Occupations in North Carolina

The average commute time is 25 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 3,046,666; Car or truck (carpooled): 538,264; Worked at home: 102,951; Walked: 74,147; Public transportation: 34,803; Bicycle: 6,840; Motorcycle: 3,610;

Transportation to work methods in North Carolina

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in North Carolina.

There are 3,523,944 housing units, of which 2,373,956 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 2,172,355; Renter: 959,658; Vacant: 391,931; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 1,500,868; Not Mortgaged: 671,487;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in North Carolina

The median single family home value is $108,300.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; North Carolina: $985;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; North Carolina: $431;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 255,613; 1940 to 1949: 194,206; 1950 to 1959: 342,402; 1960 to 1969: 447,988; 1970 to 1979: 641,117; 1980 to 1989: 692,633; 1990 to 1994: 373,721; 1995 to 1998: 431,764; 1999 to March 2000: 144,500;

1.1% of homes lack plumbing and 3.0% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Electricity: 1,528,885; Utility Gas: 757,777; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 394,275; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 368,279;