2020 Census Detailed Race Data Released

By on 9.25.23 in Uncategorized

The US Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (DDHC-A) on September 21, 2023.  This release provides population and sex by age information for detailed race and ethnicity groups and American Indian or Alaska Native tribes.  As an example - while previous releases from the 2020 Census reported White, Asian, American Indian and Alaska Native populations; the DDHC-A release reports data for the Irish, Korean, or Lumbee Tribe populations. …

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Deep dive: Married couples in North Carolina

By on 8.17.23 in Uncategorized

Many couples today choose to live together prior to getting married, after which the majority of people do get married.  In 2021, almost half of all North Carolinians ages 16 or older were currently married, on par with the nation. (This percentage has been steadily decreasing. North Carolina’s currently married population peaked in 1960 – when almost 70% of adults 16 and older in North Carolina were married. That’s the highest percentage since (the Decennial…

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How Does the New ‘Urban Area’ Definition Affect North Carolina?

By on 5.25.23 in Uncategorized

In January, we posted a blog by Dr. Mike Cline, the NC State Demographer, “Making Sense of the New ‘Urban Area’ Definitions” in which he addressed the changes to how the Census Bureau defines urban areas. This post details the implications of the definition changes and the changing urban-rural composition of North Carolina’s population in general. First, what do urban and rural mean? To recap, before 2020, the Census Bureau’s definition of urban was based…

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Carolina Demography is looking for a new director

By on 10.25.22 in Uncategorized

We're looking for a new director to lead Carolina Demography! (Job posting here.) Carolina Demography is a demographic research unit sitting within the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. We translate demographic knowledge into specific usable information to help people throughout North Carolina understand the implications of demographic change. What you'll do You will: Provide direction and oversight to the Carolina Demography unit at the Carolina Population Center. Solicit, manage, and oversee the performance of…

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New ACS data helps us understand social and economic changes in NC

By on 3.22.22 in Uncategorized

Last week, the Census Bureau released the 2016-2020 5-Year American Community Survey data. Here’s what you need to know. What is the American Community Survey? The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that covers detailed social and economic topics, such as education, employment, internet access, and transportation. Each year*, the Census Bureau releases single-year estimates for places with populations of 65,000 or over and 5-year estimates for places with populations less than 65,000.…

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