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Population
  2010 2012
Population 9,535,483 9,752,073
Median Age 37.4 37.8
Total 8 year-olds 127,037 128,500
Boys 64,847 65,878
Girls 62,190 62,622
Total 9 year-olds 131,239 127,127
Boys 67,173 64,971
Girls 64,066 62,156
Total 10 year-olds 130,243 128,147
Boys 66,395 65,464
Girls 63,848 62,683
Total 11 year-olds 127,491 132,118
Boys 65,108 67,647
Girls 62,383 64,471
Total 12 year-olds 125,761 132,069
Boys 64,393 67,174
Girls 61,368 64,895
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 81.9% 80.6%
Car Pool 10.1% 10.5%
Public Transportation 1.0% 1.1%
Work at Home 4.0% 4.5%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 3,043 3,164
Amusement Parks 18 17
Fast-Food Restaurants 6,789 7,125
Toy Stores 246 244
Video/Disc Rental Stores 369 149
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 14 17
Candy & Nut Stores 52 48
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 224 230
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 10 9

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.