Who are North Carolina’s public school students?

By on 2.20.24 in Education

Carolina Demography's director, Nathan Dollar, recently participated in the NC Business Summit on Public Education hosted by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. His slides were adapted for this piece, which was originally published by EdNC. Who are North Carolina’s public school students? by Mebane Rash, Nathan Dollar, Mary Ann Wolf and Lanie Sorrow, EducationNC February 19, 2024 We all have an image in our heads of a public school student. Often that image…

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Who is asked to repeat a grade in North Carolina?

By on 1.17.24 in Education

Most students are promoted to the next grade level at the end of a school year. But some students are asked to repeat a grade level. The academic term for this is “grade retention”, or “non-promotion.” These terms are used interchangeably in this article. My initial motivation for writing this piece came from investigating school performance indicators pre- and post-pandemic, which I did in a previous piece regarding chronic absenteeism. As I investigated the publicly…

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A new tool to combat prostate cancer disparities in North Carolina

Today we are proud to launch an interactive web-based tool aimed at raising awareness and addressing disparities related to prostate cancer in North Carolina.  Created in conjunction with the UNC Men's Health Program, the Prostate Cancer Across North Carolina tool provides a detailed, county-by-county map view of prostate cancer cases and deaths, offering valuable insights for local and state organizations as well as the public. "By offering detailed insights into new cases and mortality rates…

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How have registered voters in NC shifted demographically over the past decade?

By on 11.15.23 in Elections & Voting

This post examines changes in registered voters from the years 2013-2023.  For an in depth analysis of North Carolina’s 7.3 million registered voters in 2023 and a breakdown of registered Republicans, Democrats, and Unaffiliated voters take a look at our earlier posts in our 2023 election series. With another November election in the rearview, we wanted to see how North Carolina’s voters have changed over the past decade. Since 2013, North Carolina has experienced extensive…

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Looking at the teacher/student diversity gap in North Carolina

By on 10.30.23 in Education

Teacher diversity has been found to be linked to improved educational outcomes for all students, with more targeted gains for students of color. Specifically, having a same-race teacher is associated with improved test scores, grades, and attendance, as well as a higher probability of taking advanced math courses, being selected for gifted and talented programs, graduating high school, and enrolling in college. Despite demographic shifts with the state population overall, data suggest there’s still a…

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Latest Population Estimates Show Most NC Counties and Municipalities Growing

Dr. Michael Cline is the state demographer for North Carolina at the Office of State Budget and Management and has given us permission to re-post his content here. The original version of this piece is here. The official population estimates for counties and municipalities are now available. These population estimates were produced by the State Demographer in the Office of State Budget and Management and are used for analysis and planning. In addition, these estimates…

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Who are North Carolina’s Unaffiliated Voters? 2023 Update

This is part of our series looking at NC’s registered voters. Other stories include an in-depth look at NC’s Republican voters and an in-depth look at NC’s Democrat voters. This is an update of our story from October 2022. As of September 23rd, 2023, North Carolina had 7.3 million registered voters. Of these, 2.6 million or 36.3% were registered unaffiliated. This post examines the characteristics of NC’s unaffiliated voters. Age Younger voters are the most…

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Who are North Carolina’s Republican Voters? A 2023 Update

This is part of our series looking at NC’s registered voters. Other stories include an in-depth look at NC’s Democrat voters and an in-depth look at NC’s unaffiliated voters. This is an update of our story from October 2022. As of September 23rd, 2023, North Carolina had 7.3 million registered voters. Of these, 2.2 million or 30.09% were registered as a Republican. Age Younger voters are the least likely to register as Republican, reflecting their…

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Who are North Carolina’s Registered Democrats? A 2023 update

This is part of our series looking at NC’s registered voters. Other stories include an in-depth look at NC’s Republican voters and an in-depth look at NC’s unaffiliated voters. This is an update of our story from October 2022. As of September 23rd, 2023, North Carolina had 7.3 million registered voters. Of these, 2.4 million or 32.89% were registered as a Democrat. Age Older voters are the most likely to register as a Democrat, partly…

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Who are North Carolina’s 7.3 million registered voters? (2023)

This is the first in a four-part series on North Carolina’s voters. Today, we take a look at North Carolina’s 7.3 million registered voters. In the coming days, we will take a look at North Carolina’s registered Republicans, Democrats, and Unaffiliated Voters, respectively. As of September 23rd, 2023, North Carolina had about 7.9 million voting-eligible adults and 7.3 million registered voters. Their partisan affiliation was roughly split between three groups: unaffiliated, Democrat, and Republican, with…

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