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North Carolina

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    North Carolina


The first European settlement in North Carolina is the famous Lost Colony of Roanoke Island that vanished sometime after 1587. North Carolina is the northern portion of the original 1629 land grant made by England's King Charles I, which was named in his honor (Carolus is Latin for Charles). North Carolina joined the Union in 1789 and is the 12th of the original 13 states. One of its major industries is tourism, as many Americans travel to the state to enjoy its beautiful beaches. The capital of the "Tar Heel State" is Raleigh, and the dogwood blossom is the state flower.

   Miscellaneous    North Carolina


State Flower: Dogwood

State Motto: To be, rather than to seem

State Nickname: Tar Heel State

State Bird: Cardinal

   Geography    North Carolina


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 48,711

Length: 500 miles

Width: 150 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Charlotte, 731,424
  2. Raleigh, 403,892
  3. Greensboro, 269,666
  4. Winston-Salem, 229,617
  5. Durham, 228,330
  6. Fayetteville, 200,564
  7. Cary, 135,234
  8. Wilmington, 106,476
  9. High Point, 104,371
  10. Greenville, 84,554

Geographic Center: 10 miles northwest of Sanford

Geographic Center County: Chatham

Highest Point: 6,684 ft. — Mt. Mitchell

Lowest Point: sea level — Atlantic Ocean

Number of counties: 100

State parks: 29 (125,000 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 195.8

   People    North Carolina

Population, 2010: 9,535,483
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 0
Population, 2000: 8,046,406
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 0
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 0
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 0
Female persons, percent, 2009: 1

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 21.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.30%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.20%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.20%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 8.40%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 65.30%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 82.70%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 6.80%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 9.60%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 83.00%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 25.80%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 741,429
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 23.2

Housing units, 2009: 4,258,625
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 68.10%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 16.80%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $143,700

Households, 2005-2009: 3,541,807
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.47
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $24,547
Median household income, 2009: $43,754
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 16.20%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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