Population of North Carolina 2021

Population

The state is characterized by steady population growth and is one of the ten most populous states in the country. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of North Carolina as of July 1, 2018 was 10,383,620, an increase of 8.89% since the 2010 census. 58.5% of the people living in North Carolina were in North Carolina born, 33.1% were born in another US state, 1.0% were born in Puerto Rico, the island areas, or overseas with American parents, and 7.4% were born in another country.

Ancestry

The residents of North Carolina assign themselves to the following population groups: 74% white, 21.7% African-American, 7.0% Central or Latin American, 1.9% Asian, 1.2% Indian. 6.7% of the population is younger than 5 years, 24.4% are under 18 and 12% are 65 years of age or older. The estimated proportion of women in the population is 51.1%.

Languages

In 2010, 89.66% (7,750,904) of North Carolina residents aged 5 and over spoke English as their primary language at home, while 6.93% (598,756) spoke Spanish, 0.32% (27,310) French, 0.27% (23,204) German and 0.27% (23,072) spoke Chinese (including Mandarin) as their main language. A total of 10.34% (893,735) of the North Carolina population aged 5 and over spoke a native language other than English. North Carolina also has a range of different dialects of South American English and Appalachian English.

Religions

North Carolina is part of the Bible Belt, in which an overwhelming majority of the population was traditionally Protestant and the Southern Baptists dominated in the late 19th century.

With the influx of citizens from the northern states and immigrants from Latin America, the proportion of Catholics and Jews is increasing continuously; in 2007 the proportion of Catholics was 7% and that of Jews 1%. The change is particularly visible in the urban areas of the state, where most of the immigrants have settled and the population comes from a wide variety of cultures.

In rural areas, the Baptist church remains the predominant Christian denomination with 38%, followed by the second largest Protestant church, the Methodists with 9%. These are strong in northern Piedmont, particularly in Guilford County. There is also a significant proportion of Quakers there and in the northeast of the state. Members of the Presbyterian Church, originally of Scottish and Irish descent, make up 3% of the faithful. They are in Charlotte and Scotland Counties particularly strongly represented. Other denominations in the state include the Lutherans, Congregationalists, Mormons, and the Church of God. The proportion of non-religious residents of the state, or of atheists and agnostics, is 10%.

The most important religious communities in 2010: 1,513,059 Southern Baptist Convention, 659,064 United Methodist Church, 565,051 Protestantism without denomination, 428,860 Catholic Church (Diocese of Charlotte / Diocese of Raleigh), over 300,000 Pentecostal movement, 185,669 Presbyterian Church (USA). There are many other denominations, mainly Protestant ones.

Presently, the rapid influx from the northern states and immigrants from Latin America is steadily increasing the ethnic and religious diversity: the number of Catholics and Jews in the state has increased, as has the general religious diversity.

Top Counties by Population in North Carolina

Rank County Name Population Population Density (per kmĀ²)
1 Mecklenburg County 1,034,301 731.47
2 Wake County 1,023,822 461.18
3 Guilford County 517,208 303.53
4 Forsyth County 368,373 344.27
5 Cumberland County 332,777 195.29
6 Durham County 300,876 389.74
7 Buncombe County 252,279 147.62
8 Union County 222,106 133.96
9 New Hanover County 219,877 258.68
10 Gaston County 214,060 227.00
11 Cabarrus County 196,727 208.18
12 Onslow County 192,696 81.86
13 Johnston County 186,319 90.36
14 Pitt County 176,495 104.07
15 Iredell County 169,809 109.84
16 Davidson County 164,129 111.73
17 Alamance County 157,855 140.07
18 Catawba County 156,193 145.70
19 Randolph County 142,838 69.81
20 Orange County 141,823 136.50
21 Rowan County 138,951 102.40
22 Robeson County 134,198 54.49
23 Harnett County 128,764 82.70
24 Wayne County 124,507 86.28
25 Brunswick County 122,597 55.05
26 Henderson County 112,167 115.52
27 Craven County 103,385 51.56
28 Cleveland County 97,049 79.88
29 Moore County 94,202 51.50
30 Nash County 94,136 66.95
31 Rockingham County 91,577 61.83
32 Burke County 88,909 66.65
33 Caldwell County 81,816 66.63
34 Wilson County 81,390 83.99
35 Lincoln County 80,515 101.28
36 Surry County 72,326 51.92
37 Carteret County 68,710 19.78
38 Wilkes County 68,536 34.83
39 Chatham County 68,375 37.24
40 Rutherford County 66,534 45.38
41 Franklin County 63,877 49.83
42 Sampson County 63,675 25.96
43 Stanly County 60,886 58.21
44 Haywood County 59,865 41.66
45 Lee County 59,816 89.14
46 Duplin County 59,361 27.99
47 Granville County 58,514 42.07
48 Lenoir County 57,945 55.66
49 Pender County 57,641 23.86
50 Columbus County 56,600 22.91
51 Edgecombe County 54,043 41.16
52 Watauga County 53,432 65.88
53 Hoke County 52,582 51.80
54 Halifax County 52,311 27.63
55 Beaufort County 47,327 19.05
56 Stokes County 46,135 39.06
57 Richmond County 45,458 36.57
58 Martin County 45,080 37.76
59 Vance County 44,431 63.56
60 Davie County 41,777 60.37
61 Jackson County 41,736 32.63
62 Pasquotank County 39,557 52.81
63 Person County 39,251 37.52
64 Yadkin County 37,836 43.34
65 Alexander County 37,170 54.58
66 Scotland County 35,456 42.67
67 Dare County 35,423 8.76
68 McDowell County 34,171 29.59
69 Bladen County 34,141 14.86
70 Transylvania County 33,302 33.74
71 Cherokee County 27,474 21.35
72 Montgomery County 27,456 21.12
73 Ashe County 26,844 24.27
74 Anson County 25,542 18.36
75 Currituck County 25,258 18.54
76 Hertford County 24,273 26.04
77 Madison County 23,238 19.84
78 Caswell County 22,844 20.60
79 Macon County 21,358 15.89
80 Greene County 21,070 30.58
81 Polk County 20,445 33.03
82 Northampton County 20,437 14.32
83 Warren County 20,201 17.57
84 Bertie County 19,924 10.38
85 Yancey County 17,616 21.72
86 Avery County 17,546 27.42
87 Mitchell County 15,166 26.38
88 Chowan County 14,381 23.85
89 Swain County 14,219 10.15
90 Perquimans County 13,517 15.87
91 Pamlico County 12,814 8.74
92 Washington County 12,342 11.24
93 Gates County 11,612 12.96
94 Alleghany County 10,946 17.91
95 Clay County 10,764 18.82
96 Camden County 10,347 13.05
97 Jones County 9,787 7.99
98 Graham County 8,618 11.02
99 Hyde County 5,518 1.50
100 Tyrrell County 4,101 2.64

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