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State Facts for Students

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Population
  2010 2011
Population 9,535,483 9,656,401
State Rank 10 10
Median Age 37.4 37.6
Total 8 year-olds 127,037 126,331
Boys 64,847 64,658
Girls 62,190 61,673
Total 9 year-olds 131,239 127,295
Boys 67,173 64,950
Girls 64,066 62,345
Total 10 year-olds 130,243 131,446
Boys 66,395 67,268
Girls 63,848 64,178
Total 11 year-olds 127,491 131,518
Boys 65,108 67,044
Girls 62,383 64,474
Total 12 year-olds 125,761 128,419
Boys 64,393 65,519
Girls 61,368 62,900
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 81.9% 81.0%
Car Pool 10.1% 9.9%
Public Transportation 1.0% 1.2%
Work at Home 4.0% 4.7%

Geography
Capital Raleigh
Largest City Charlotte city
Second Largest City Raleigh city
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 196.1

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 2,431 3,043
Amusement Parks 27 18
Fast-Food Restaurants 5,909 8,155
Toy Stores 313 246
Video/Disc Rental Stores 658 369
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 8 14
Candy & Nut Stores 73 52
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 206 224
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 7 10

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: November 21, 1789
  • Population 1800: 478,103
  • Population 1850: 869,039
  • Population 1900: 1,893,810
  • Population 1950: 4,061,929
  • Population 2000: 8,049,313

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Tar Heel State
  • Flower: Dogwood
  • Tree: Pine
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Mammal: Grey Squirrel
  • Dance: Clogging
  • Vegetable: Sweet Potato
  • Dog: Plott Hound

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.