North Carolina Population by Race & Ethnicity

Racial distribution of North Carolina population: 64.95% are white, 20.94% are Black or African American, 1.05% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.11% are Asian, 0.07% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 4.03% are some other race and 5.86% are multiracial.
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Updated Jul 15, 2024

North Carolina population by race

The table below shows North Carolina's population by race.

Race Population % of Total Population
White 6,800,458 64.95%
Black or African American 2,192,455 20.94%
American Indian and Alaska Native 109,600 1.05%
Asian 325,670 3.11%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 6,948 0.07%
Some other race 421,954 4.03%
Two or more races (multiracial) 613,129 5.86%
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North Carolina population by race

Of the 5 race categories (excluding ethnicity) identified by the Census Bureau, namely American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and White; North Carolina has a population in all of the race categories.

This confirms that North Carolina's population has become increasingly diverse.

The percent distribution of North Carolina population by race (across all racial categories recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau): 64.95% are white, 20.94% are Black or African American, 1.05% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.11% are Asian, 0.07% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 4.03% are some other race and 5.86% are multiracial.

FIGURE 1

North Carolina population by race.

The largest racial group in North Carolina is White with a population of 6.8 million (64.95% of the total population).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

North Carolina 's racial breakdown clearly shows that there is an absolute majority (i.e. more than 50% of the population belong to one particular race) of White population in the state.

As per the latest data estimates from American Community Survey's 5-year estimates:

1. The largest racial group in North Carolina is White with a population of 6.8 million (64.95% of the total population).

2. The multiracial population, i.e. population that identify themselves with two or more races , is 613,129 (5.86% of the total population).

Racial / Ethnic makeup of North Carolina

By ethnicity, 1.05 million (10.04% of the total population) is Hispanic or Latino (of any race), and 9.42 million (89.96% of the total population) is Non-Hispanic.

Of the Non-Hispanic population in North Carolina, the largest racial group is White alone with a population of 6.46 million (68.54% of the total Non-Hispanic population).

FIGURE 2

North Carolina Non-Hispanic population by race

All percentages shown below are, % of North Carolina's Non-Hispanic population.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

North Carolina Non-Hispanic population by race

The distribution of the Non-Hispanic population across various race categories

Race Population % of Total Non-Hispanic Population
White alone 6,455,988 68.54%
Black or African American alone 2,161,841 22.95%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 91,599 0.97%
Asian alone 322,895 3.43%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 6,114 0.06%
Some other race alone 38,864 0.41%
Two or more races (multiracial) 341,905 3.63%

Among the Hispanic population in North Carolina, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 550,584 (52.39% of the total Hispanic population).

FIGURE 3

North Carolina Hispanic or Latino population

All percentages shown below are, % of North Carolina's Hispanic population.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

North Carolina Hispanic or Latino population

The distribution of the Hispanic or Latino population by their ancestries

Origin Population % of Total Hispanic Population
Mexican 550,584 52.39%
Puerto Rican 120,765 11.49%
Cuban 30,879 2.94%
Other Hispanic or Latino 348,780 33.19%

Things to know

What percentage of North Carolina is Hispanic?

As per the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey estimates, 10.04% of North Carolina population is Hispanic.

Among the Hispanic population in North Carolina, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 550,584 (52.39% of the total Hispanic population).

How many Black people does North Carolina have?

North Carolina has 2.19 million Black or African American population as per the estimates from the latest American Community Survey 5-Year estimates. Overall 20.94% of the total population (excluding multiracial) in North Carolina is Black.

What is the largest minority group in North Carolina?

With 89.96% of the total population, Non-Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority in North Carolina.

That being said, with a 20.94% of the total population, Black or African Americans are the largest racial minority in North Carolina.

What is the majority race in North Carolina?

With a population of 6.8 million (64.95% of the total population), Whites are the largest racial majority in North Carolina.

Black or African Americans are second largest race in North Carolina, with 20.94% of the total population.

References

Notes

The analysis presented in this article is based on estimates derived from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. While these figures offer valuable insights, they are subject to a margin of error. It is advisable to exercise caution and consider the potential margin of error when interpreting and utilizing this data.

Datasets

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2024
North Carolina Population Breakdown By Race (Excluding Ethnicity) Dataset: Population Counts and Percentages for 7 Racial Categories as Identified by the US Census Bureau // 2024 Edition
Last updated July 7, 2024
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2018-2022
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the population of North Carolina by race. It includes the population of North Carolina across racial categories (excluding ethnicity) as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the population distribution of North Carolina across relevant racial categories.

Key observations

The percent distribution of North Carolina population by race (across all racial categories recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau): 64.95% are white, 20.94% are Black or African American, 1.05% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.11% are Asian, 0.07% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 4.03% are some other race and 5.86% are multiracial.

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Racial categories include:

  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Some other race
  • Two or more races (multiracial)

Variables / Data Columns

  • Race: This column displays the racial categories (excluding ethnicity) for the North Carolina
  • Population: The population of the racial category (excluding ethnicity) in the North Carolina is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each race as a proportion of North Carolina total population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for North Carolina Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

North Carolina Non-Hispanic Population Breakdown By Race Dataset: Non-Hispanic Population Counts and Percentages for 7 Racial Categories as Identified by the US Census Bureau // 2024 Edition
Last updated July 7, 2024
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2018-2022
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the Non-Hispanic population of North Carolina by race. It includes the distribution of the Non-Hispanic population of North Carolina across various race categories as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the Non-Hispanic population distribution of North Carolina across relevant racial categories.

Key observations

Of the Non-Hispanic population in North Carolina, the largest racial group is White alone with a population of 6.46 million (68.54% of the total Non-Hispanic population).

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Racial categories include:

  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Some other race
  • Two or more races (multiracial)

Variables / Data Columns

  • Race: This column displays the racial categories (for Non-Hispanic) for the North Carolina
  • Population: The population of the racial category (for Non-Hispanic) in the North Carolina is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each race as a proportion of North Carolina total Non-Hispanic population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for North Carolina Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

North Carolina Hispanic or Latino Population Distribution by Ancestries Dataset : Detailed Breakdown of Hispanic or Latino Origins // 2024 Edition
Last updated July 7, 2024
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2018-2022
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the North Carolina Hispanic or Latino population. It includes the distribution of the Hispanic or Latino population, of North Carolina, by their ancestries, as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the origin of the Hispanic or Latino population of North Carolina.

Key observations

Among the Hispanic population in North Carolina, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 550,584 (52.39% of the total Hispanic population).

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Origin for Hispanic or Latino population include:

  • Mexican
  • Puerto Rican
  • Cuban
  • Other Hispanic or Latino

Variables / Data Columns

  • Origin: This column displays the origin for Hispanic or Latino population for the North Carolina
  • Population: The population of the specific origin for Hispanic or Latino population in the North Carolina is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Hispanic Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each Hispanic origin as a proportion of North Carolina total Hispanic or Latino population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for North Carolina Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

If you're looking for datasets from another year, please feel free to contact us at research@neilsberg.com and we'll be happy to assist you further.

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