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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008

North Carolina in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     With its primary on May 6, North Carolina is the nation's ninth-fastest growing state. Its 2007 population of 9.1 million grew 12.6 percent between 2000 and 2007. The U.S. population grew by 7.2 percent during that same time period. North Carolina has a higher percentage of blacks, a lower percentage of Hispanics and a lower percentage of the foreign born population than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 61 percent of North Carolina's voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, which was slightly lower than the national figure of 64 percent.

     These and other statistics about North Carolina's population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information can be found at Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

      Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics North Carolina U.S.
 Population change: 2000-2007 12.6% 7.2%
Median age 36.6 36.4
 Women 51.0% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 67.9% 66.4%
 Black alone 21.7% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 6.7% 14.8%
 Median household income $42,625 $48,451
 Foreign born 6.9% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 14.7% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 24.8% 27.0%
 Median home value $137,200 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014