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Demographics > State Context

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 June 7, 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 June 7, 2016).

NC Rural/Urban Population, 2015

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 August 15, 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 June 7, 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 June 7, 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 June 7, 2016).

In Depth Data (e.g., Population, Income, Education) for NC Counties

Click on a county for a link to its American FactFinder Community Facts. The county's American FactFinder page will allow you to access a wealth of educational, demographic, and economic data about each of the state's 100 counties.

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Demographics > Economic Context

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 June 7, 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).

NC Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2014

In the above graph, "White, not Hispanic or Latino" is the only racial category provided in 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates' Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months data.

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 June 8, 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 percentages above indicate what percent of each level of educational attainment is in poverty. Thus, the total percentages do not equal 100.

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 June 8, 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 June 8, 2016).

Percentage of NC Children Below the Poverty Level, 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 in Poverty 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 June 8, 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.

Homeless Children in NC, 2015

2,214

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 August 15, 2016).

Demographics > Public Schools

NC Public School Enrollment by District, 2015-16

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:15:441384211012201::NO:::]  (Retrieved on June 8, 2016).

NC Public School Enrollment by Grade, 2014-15

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Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:103:1613680609715801::NO:::] (Retrieved on February 26, 2016).

NC Public School Enrollment by District and Grade, 2014-15

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Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:103:1613680609715801::NO:::] (Retrieved on June 8, 2016).

NC Public School Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity and Gender, 2015-16

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Note: DPI uses "Indian" to identify Native American students.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:15:441384211012201::NO:::]  (Retrieved on August 15, 2016).

Trend in Pupil Membership for NC Public Schools by Race/Ethnicity, 1989-2016

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Note: NC DPI began collecting data for "Pacific Islander" and "Two or more" races in the 2010-11 school year. DPI uses "Indian" to identify Native American students.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:16:441384211012201::NO:::]  (Retrieved on June 8, 2016).

Free and Reduced Priced Meal Eligibility by NC School District, 2013-15

New guidelines for free school lunches: The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Source: New guidelines for free school lunches: The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) [https://www.ednc.org/map/2015/12/new-guidelines-for-free-school-lunches-the-community-eligibility-provision-cep/]  from EdNC.org.

NC School Performance Grades, 2013-15

New school report cards

Source: New school report cards [https://www.ednc.org/map/2015/10/new-school-report-cards/] from EdNC.org.

Market Share

Pupil Enrollment by School Type in NC, 2014-15

Note: While these data come from different sources and are not comparable, EdNC thinks this chart is an important tool in beginning to get a sense for market share in each county. Public school student counts are based on the final month Average Daily Membership. Homeschool estimates are based on random home school enrollment sampling and the actual number of home schools operating during that school term.

Source: Public School: NC DPI's Statistical Profile, Table A1 - Final Pupils by Year and Grade, 2015, final month, ADM [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:103:1531699502522101::NO:::]  (Retrieved February 22, 2016). Charter Schools: NC DPI's Office of Charter Schools [http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/] , "Charter School Membership by LEA - Survey Results: 2014-15 Summary and Results by Region" (Retrieved February 22, 2016). Private Schools: NC DOA's State of North Carolina Private Grade K-12 School Statistic, p. 3 [http://www.ncdnpe.org/hhh500.aspx]  (Retrieved February 22, 2016). Homeschools: NC DOA's State of North Carolina Home School Statistics, p. 3 [http://www.ncdnpe.org/homeschool2.aspx]  (Retrieved February 22, 2016).

Pupil Enrollment by School Type and NC County, 2014-15

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Note: While these data come from different sources and are not comparable, EdNC thinks this chart is an important tool in beginning to get a sense for market share in each county. Public school student counts are based on the final month Average Daily Membership. Homeschool estimates are based on random home school enrollment sampling and the actual number of home schools operating during that school term.

Source: Public School: NC DPI's Statistical Profile, Table A1 - Final Pupils by Year and Grade, 2015, final month, ADM [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:103:1531699502522101::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016). Charter Schools: NC DPI's Office of Charter Schools [http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/] , "Charter School Membership by LEA - Survey Results: 2014-15 Summary and Results by Region" (Retrieved June 8, 2016). Private Schools: NC DOA's State of North Carolina Private Grade K-12 School Statistic, p. 3 [http://www.ncdnpe.org/hhh500.aspx]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016). Homeschools: NC DOA's State of North Carolina Home School Statistics, p. 3 [http://www.ncdnpe.org/homeschool2.aspx]  (Retrieved February 22, 2016).

Charter School Enrollment by NC County, 2015-16

These data were compiled by EdNC using the 2015-2016 grade, race, and sex data from the Department of Public Instruction as collected from each school at the end of the first school month. Charter school demographic data was then sorted by county–combining county and city school districts where applicable–to create the charter school enrollment count listed in the map above. The list of charter schools in each district was taken from this list. The above map does not include the state’s two virtual charters schools (NC Connections Academy and NC Virtual Academy) or Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Enrollment by Grade, Race, and Sex [http://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/accounting/data/] , 2015-2016 (Retrieved on August 15, 2016). Scroll down the page in the link above to the "Grade, Race, Sex" section to download the data.  

Percentage of Charter Membership by NC County, 2011-16

Note: Data and map for the 2012-13 school year is not available from NC DPI as of August 15, 2016.

Source: Charter School Membership by LEA - Survey Results [http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/] (Retrieved August 15, 2016).

African-American Charter School Students by NC County, 2015-16

These data were compiled by EdNC using the 2015-2016 grade, race, and sex data from the Department of Public Instruction as collected from each school at the end of the first school month. Charter school demographic data was then sorted by county–combining county and city school districts where applicable–to create the charter school enrollment count listed in the map above. The list of charter schools in each district was taken from this list. The above map does not include the state’s two virtual charters schools (NC Connections Academy and NC Virtual Academy) or Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience.

Note: The American Community Survey's Demographic and Housing Estimates from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates provides population percentages by race two different ways. One measure includes individuals claiming two or more races and another conflates those into a single race. For the purposes of this map, we used the population percentage of African Americans from the more nuanced measure that accounts for individuals claiming two or more races.

Source: Charter School Data: NC DPI's Enrollment by Grade, Race, and Sex [http://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/accounting/data/] , 2015-2016 (Retrieved on January 27, 2016). Scroll down the page in the link above to the "Grade, Race, Sex" section to download the data. County Data: Each county's 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates in American FactFinder [http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml]  (Retrieved on January 27, 2016).  

NC Charter School Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity and Gender, 2015-16

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Note: DPI uses "Indian" to identify Native American students.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:73:421902185059301::NO:::]  (Retrieved on June 8, 2016).

Trend in NC Homeschools, 1991-2015

Mapping homeschools across our state and across the years

Source: Mapping homeschools across our state and across the years [https://www.ednc.org/map/2015/09/mapping-homeschools-across-our-state-and-across-the-years/]

Funding

NC Public School Expenditures, 2014-15

Total

$12,593,154,391

Per Pupil

$8,784.34

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:32:1619511130088401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

Trend in NC Per Pupil Expenditures, 1998-2015

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Includes child nutrition funding. The link below also includes data with child nutrition funding removed and how that would alter per pupil expenditures as total dollars and percentages.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:33:881866250295901::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC Public School Expenditures by Source, 2014-15

Includes child nutrition funding. The link below also includes data with child nutrition funding removed and how that would alter per pupil expenditures as total dollars and percentages.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:32:1619511130088401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC Public School Expenditures by Type, 2014-15

Includes child nutrition funding. The link below also includes data with child nutrition funding removed and how that would alter per pupil expenditures as total dollars and percentages.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:32:1619511130088401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

Total & Per Pupil NC Public School Expenditures by Funding Source, 2014-15

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Includes child nutrition funding.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:32:1619511130088401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

Per Pupil Expenditures by NC District, 2014-15

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PPE: Per Pupil Expenditures. Includes child nutrition, which typically increases the federal per pupil expenditure amount.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:34:2151807915972201::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC County Appropriations & Supplemental Taxes, 2014-15

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PPA: Per Pupil Appropriations and Supplemental Taxes. The figures are based on the Annual Financial Report. Only the current expense part of revenue lines 4110 (County Appropriations) and 4120 (Supplemental Taxes - Current Year) are used. The figures do not include the $30,347,684 transferred to charter schools.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:40:1469838484066201::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC School District Fund Balances, 2013

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Note: "Exps" denotes expenditures. Data as of June 30, 2013.

Source: North Carolina Center for County Research [http://www.ncacc.org/DocumentCenter/View/759]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC Public vs. Charter School Revenue, 2014

In the link below, click on the source tables to see how the funding streams for charters and traditional public schools breakdown by federal, state, and local dollars.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile, Table 26 [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:36:1748776087926101::NO:::]  and  Table 41 [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:86:1619511130088401::NO:::] . (Retrieved February 9, 2016).

NC Charter School Revenue by Source, 2013-14

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:86:1619511130088401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

Teaching Profession

Teacher Turnover by NC School District, 2014-15

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Source: North Carolina Department of Education's Report to the North Carolina General Assembly: "2014-15 State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina," Tables 9 and 11 [http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/educatoreffectiveness/surveys/leaving/2014-15turnoverreport.pdf]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

Trend in NC Schools of Education Enrollment, 2010-15

Data captures enrollment in both graduate- and undergraduate-level programs in Schools of Education in the UNC System.

Source: UNC System Educator Quality Dashboard [https://ung4.ondemand.sas.com/SASVisualAnalyticsViewer/guest.jsp?reportPath=/UNG/External+Content/Reports&reportName=TQD+Enrollment+Trends&appSwitcherDisabled=true&reportViewOnly=true]  (Retrieved August 15, 2016).

NC School Personnel by Race, 2015-16

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Note: Data does not include charter school personnel.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:21:1328904163401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC School Personnel by Gender, 2015-16

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Note: Data does not include charter school personnel.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Statistical Profile [http://apps.schools.nc.gov/pls/apex/f?p=1:21:1328904163401::NO:::]  (Retrieved June 8, 2016).

NC Teachers with National Board Certification, 2014-15

Teachers with National Board Certification in North Carolina, 2014-15

Source: Teachers with National Board Certification in North Carolina, 2014-15 [https://www.ednc.org/map/2016/01/teachers-with-national-board-certification-in-north-carolina-2014-15/]

LEAs as Top Employer by NC County, 2014

For most North Carolina counties, public schools mean jobs

Source: For most North Carolina counties, public schools mean jobs [https://www.ednc.org/map/2015/08/for-most-north-carolina-counties-public-schools-mean-jobs/]

Education Nonprofits in Eastern NC, 2015

Ed organizations in Eastern North Carolina

Source: Ed organizations in Eastern North Carolina [https://www.ednc.org/map/2015/08/ed-organizations-in-eastern-north-carolina/]

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