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North Carolina Overview: Flag, Seal, Capital, Population, and Facts

State Flag: North Carolina flag
State Seal: North Carolina seal
State Outline Map: North Carolina outline map
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North Carolina county map
Population Totals and Density: North Carolina population totals and density
Population Change from 2000 to 2010: North Carolina population change and migration
Land Area:48,617.9 square miles (29th)
Pop. Density:196.1 persons per square mile (15th)
State Capital:Raleigh
Became a State:November 21, 1789 (12th)
Bordering States:Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
State Abbreviation:NC
Facts and Trivia:
North Carolina became the 12th state on November 21st, 1789.

The official state berries are the Blueberry and the Strawberry.
The state bird is the Cardinal.
The state fish is the Channel Bass.
The state flower is the Dogwood.
The state mammal is the Gray Squirrel.
The state nicknames are The Old North State or The Tar Heel State.
The state tree is the Pine.

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North Carolina Population, Age, Sex, Race, Marital status, and Education

The following data is based off of the 2011 ACS 1-year estimates.
Find more Datasets, Facts, and Figures from the Government here.
Subject Total Percent Margin of Error
The median age in North Carolina for all residents is 37.7 (+/-.0.2 years)
Population: 9,656,401 NA NA
Male Population: 4,687,843 48.5% +/-0.1%
Female Population: 4,968,558 51.5% +/-0.1%
Total Households: 3,683,364 NA NA
Average Household Size: 2.55 NA +/-0.01
Average Family Size: 3.12 NA +/-0.02
Race and Ethnicity
White: 6,267,132 64.9% +/-0.1%
African American: 2,064,166 21.4% +/-0.1%
Latino: 828,104 8.6% +/-0.1%
Native American or Alaska Native: 104,424 1.1% +/-0.1%
Asian: 209,665 2.2% +/-0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 3,698 0.0% +/-0.1%
Other: 14,576 0.2% +/-0.1%
Two or more races: 164,636 1.7% +/-0.1%
Race and Ethnicity Breakdown for North Carolina
Marital Status of Men over 15 years old
Have not been married: 1,247,017 33.5% +/-0.4%
Married: 1,926,277 51.8% +/-0.5%
Separated: 105,930 2.8% +/-0.2%
Widowed: 94,484 2.5% +/-0.1%
Divorced: 345,019 9.3% +/-0.3%
Marital Status of Men in North Carolina
Marital Status of Women over 15 years old
Have not been married: 1,116,514 27.8% +/-0.4%
Married: 1,894,541 47.1% +/-0.5%
Separated: 147,930 3.7% +/-0.2%
Divorced: 385,276 9.6% +/-0.2%
Widowed: 477,094 11.9% +/-0.3%
Marital Status of women in North Carolina
School Enrollment of residents 3 and older
Total Enrollment: 2,557,304 NA +/-17,973
Nursery school/preschool: 144,526 5.7% +/-0.3%
Kindergarten: 131,822 5.2% +/-0.3%
Elementary (1st through 8th): 1,028,795 40.2% +/-0.4%
High School (9th through 12th): 511,762 20.0% +/-0.4%
College or Graduate School: 740,399 29.0% +/-0.4%
Educational Attainment of Residents over 25 years old
Population 25 and older: 6,399,357 NA +/-7967
Less than 9th grade: 366,748 5.7% +/-0.2%
Dropped out in high school: 609,890 9.5% +/-0.2%
High school graduate: 1,745,251 27.3% +/-0.3%
Some college, but no degree earned: 1,396,249 21.8% +/-0.3%
Associate's degree: 558,745 8.7% +/-0.2%
Bachelor's degree: 1,136,478 17.8% +/-0.3%
Graduate/Professional degree: 585,996 9.2% +/-0.2%
Educational Attainment of residents in North Carolina

NC Employment, Commuting, Occupations, Industries, Income, and Health Insurance

Subject Total Percent Margin of Error
The mean travel time to work for North Carolina is 23.4 minutes (margin of error: 0.2 minutes)
Private vs Public: 78.3% of residents work for a private business, 15.6% for the government (public), and 5.9% are self-employed (and not incorporated).
The median household income is $43,916 and the mean is $60,939
The median earnings for all those in the labor force is $26,750. The median for full-time employed men is $41,950 and $33,459 for women who are employed full-time.
Approximately 7,916,111 (84%) residents have health insurance while 1,544,907 (16%) have no health insurance coverage.
Of those with health insurance 6,019,485 (64%) have a private insurer while 2,955,555 (31%) have public coverage.
Employment of residents 16 years and older
Population (16+): 7,616,397 NA NA
In the labor force: 4,833,782 63.5% +/-0.3%
Civilian Labor Force: 4,751,695 62.4% +/-0.3%
Armed Forces: 82,087 1.1% +/-0.1%
Not in the Labor Force: 2,782,615 36.5% +/-0.3%
Percent Unemployed: 11.7% +/-0.4%
How People Travel to Work in North Carolina
Car/Truck/Van driving alone: 3,390,337 81.0% +/-0.4%
Car/Truck/Van carpooling: 415,821 9.9% +/-0.3%
Public Transportation: 49,068 1.2% +/-0.1%
Walked: 71,929 1.7% +/-0.1%
Other: 59,502 1.4% +/-0.1%
Work at Home: 197,184 4.7% +/-0.2%
Most Common Occupations
Management, business, science, and arts: 1,494,625 35.6% +/-0.4%
Service: 740,408 17.6% +/-0.3%
Sales and office: 992,115 23.6% +/-0.4%
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance: 399,488 9.5% +/-0.3%
Production, transportation, and material moving: 569,172 13.6% +/-0.3%
Most Common Industries
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining: 58,790 1.4% +/-0.1%
Construction: 278,744 6.6% +/-0.3%
Manufacturing: 536,291 12.8% +/-0.3%
Wholesale: 121,138 2.9% +/-0.2%
Retail: 482,788 11.5% +/-0.3%
Transportation and warehousing, and utilities: 184,032 4.4% +/-0.2%
Information: 74,211 1.8% +/-0.1%
Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing: 260,512 6.2% +/-0.3%
Professional, scientific, management, administrative,
and waste management services:
418,230 10.0% +/-0.3%
Educational services, health care, and social assistance: 994,207 23.7% +/-0.4%
Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation,
and food services:
379,036 9.0% +/-0.3%
Other services: 205,849 4.9% +/-0.2%
Public administration: 201,980 4.8% +/-0.2%

North Carolina Housing Units Breakdown

Subject Total Percent Margin of Error
There are appxroximately 4,362,956 housing units in North Carolina.

The median home value is $153,700.
The median rent in North Carolina is $745.

Of the 4,362,956 structures 3,683,364 are occupied and 679,592 are unoccupied.
The median number of rooms per housing unit is 5.4 (+/-0.2).
66.5% (+/-0.4%) are occupied by the owner while 33.5% (+/-0.4%) are occupied by a renter.
Approximately 67.2% (+/-0.5%) housing units carry a mortgage while 32.8% (+/-0.5%) do not have a mortgage.
Years the units were built
2005 and later: 422,513 9.7% +/-0.3%
2000 to 2004: 526,376 12.1% +/-0.3%
1990 to 1999: 889,122 20.4% +/-0.4%
1980 to 1989: 700,318 16.1% +/-0.3%
1970 to 1979: 634,561 14.5% +/-0.3%
1960 to 1969: 432,900 9.9% +/-0.2%
1950 to 1959: 335,761 7.7% +/-0.2%
1940 to 1949: 175,281 4.0% +/-0.2%
1939 and earlier: 246,124 5.6% +/-0.2%
Number of Bedrooms in the Housing Unit
No Bedroom: 59,862 1.4% +/-0.1%
1 Bedroom: 287,441 6.6% +/-0.2%
2 Bedrooms: 1,171,111 26.8% +/-0.4%
3 Bedrooms: 2,069,060 47.4% +/-0.4%
4 Bedrooms: 618,585 14.2% +/-0.3%
5 or more Bedrooms: 156,897 3.6% +/-0.2%
Approximate Home Value
Under $50,000: 235,309 9.6% +/-0.3%
$50,000 to $99,999: 445,257 18.2% +/-0.4%
$100,000 to $149,999: 504,555 20.6% +/-0.5%
$150,000 to $199,999: 440,800 18.0% +/-0.5%
$200,000 to $299,999: 426,697 17.4% +/-0.5%
$300,000 to $499,999: 267,037 10.9% +/-0.4%
$500,000 to $999,999: 107,192 4.4% +/-0.2%
$1,000,000 and above: 23,055 0.9% +/-0.1%

Average Wages and Pay per hour in North Carolina

The following information is gathered from the Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.
You can view our more detailed breakdown here: North Carolina Hourly Wages
Job/Field Median Pay Mean Pay Total Employment
Architecture and Engineering $31.31 $33.42 53,280
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media $18.74 $22.72 37,420
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance $9.97 $11.05 121,090
Business and Financial Operations $28.45 $31.21 161,250
Community and Social Service $19.00 $19.36 50,140
Computer and Mathematical $35.88 $37.00 95,130
Construction and Extraction $15.77 $17.05 133,100
Education, Training, and Library $19.53 $21.75 263,650
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry $11.62 $13.36 7,170
Food Preparation and Serving Related $8.86 $9.75 350,440
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical $26.33 $32.49 232,330
Healthcare Support $10.66 $11.71 145,440
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair $18.43 $19.57 157,480
Legal $25.86 $37.69 23,200
Life, Physical, and Social Science $27.27 $31.34 34,340
Management $45.33 $52.00 168,470
Office and Administrative Support $14.56 $15.64 594,170
Personal Care and Service $9.26 $11.10 87,440
Production $13.67 $15.14 311,980
Protective Service $15.25 $16.62 99,120
Sales and Related $11.44 $16.90 410,790
Transportation and Material Moving $12.76 $14.46 277,420
 

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