Population of North Carolina 2021
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.
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%.
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.
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 km²)|
|9||New Hanover County||219,877||258.68|