North Carolina Population

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Information about North Carolina Population

Published on November 2, 2008

Author: EdgrT


North Carolina Population : North Carolina Population Introduction to North Carolina Studies NCST 2000 Dr. Tom Shields Fall 2008 General Terms : General Terms Demographics The study of populations (demos: people; graphy: writing) The characteristics populations and population segments Migration In-migration Movement of people into an area, especially movement within a specific entity, such as a country or a state Out-migration Movement of people out of one part of an entity, such as a country or state, to another part of that entity Natural Increase Population change based on birth and death rates (as opposed to migration rates) General Terms (cont.) : General Terms (cont.) Urbanization Changing from a rural to an urban nature; in demographics, the tendency for a population to move from rural to urban areas. Amenities and Institutions Amenities Features that increases attractiveness or value Institutions Organizations, societies, or corporations, having a public character, such as schools, churches, banks, hospitals, etc. In-Migration vs. Out-Migration : In-Migration vs. Out-Migration Natural Increase vs. Migration : Natural Increase vs. Migration habits Historical Population Patterns : Historical Population Patterns Colonial era: rapid growth Late 18th and early 19th centuries: significantly lower growth than the rest of the United States. Post-Civil War: increased growth, but still below national average. Early 20th century: higher growth than the national average (but the national average had fallen) Post-World War II: slowed growth Post 1970: rapid growth Historical Population Growth : Historical Population Growth Current Demographic Patterns : Current Demographic Patterns More urban Older More female Urban Growth, Rural Loss : Urban Growth, Rural Loss More urban (see following slide) Urban in-migration, especially people 20-44 years old Rural out-migration, again especially people 20-44 years old Changes in Age Demographics : Changes in Age Demographics Older Increased number of retirees Increased life expectancy Gender Patterns : Gender Patterns More female Female longevity (especially those 55+) Gender-neutral in-migration This pattern was noted in the print version of The North Carolina Atlas (2000), but not in the online update (2007; <http://www.>). It is not certain how much this trend has continued during the past several years, but most likely has continued. Regional Patterns : Regional Patterns Influences on Growth: Urban centers Amenities Institutions Regions Tidewater—tourist and retirement-related growth Inner Coastal Plain—areas of both loss and growth Most rural Growth in cities: Greenville, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Rocky Mount. Piedmont—most growth, largest population Mountains—steady, but not large, growth; retirees Population by County : Population by County Major Ethnic Populations : Major Ethnic Populations North Carolina has five major ethnic populations White Black Hispanic Asian Native American Changes in Ethnic Populations : Changes in Ethnic Populations Largest Ethnic Group—white Largest Non-white Ethnic Group: Black Fastest Growing Ethnic Group—Hispanic White Demographics : White Demographics Black Demographics : Black Demographics Hispanic Demographics : Hispanic Demographics Note that while Hispanic population growth is usually thought of as being mainly a rural phenomena, in fact, the largest Hispanic population centers in the state are in urban counties. Asian Demographics : Asian Demographics Asian population growth has centered on urban areas. Native American Demographics : Native American Demographics Additional Information : Additional Information For more information, see the North Carolina Atlas Revisited website <>. Especially interesting are the two video clips, one in the “Population” section, the other in the “Agriculture” section.

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