What you need to know about the 2020 American Community Survey

In October, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report detailing why it planned to release the results of the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates in an experimental format. The ACS is the only annually updated source of detailed social, demographic, and economic information for all communities in the United States. In addition, the Bureau announced in November that it would delay the release of the 5-Year ACS estimates that had been planned for…

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Opportunity Youth: County-level estimates

By on 10.29.21 in Education

Our recently published guide on Opportunity Youth explains why we replaced the Disconnected Youth indicator on the MyFutureNC state dashboard with the Opportunity Youth indicator and expanded the ages we were studying for this indicator from 16 to 19-year-olds to 16 to 24-year-olds. We always try to provide data at both the state and county levels. However, one of the challenges in transitioning to the Opportunity Youth indicator is the lack of data at the…

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North Carolina’s Hispanic Community: 2021 Snapshot

By on 10.18.21 in NC in Focus

North Carolina’s Hispanic population is now greater than one million people, with 1,118,596 residents according to the 2020 Census. The state’s Hispanic/Latino population grew from just over 75,000 in 1990 to 800,000 in 2010. Between 2010 and 2020, North Carolina’s Hispanic population grew by nearly 320,000 new residents, the largest numeric increase of any racial/ethnic group in the state. Statewide, the Latinx population grew by 40% over the decade, faster than the growth of this…

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NC growth over last decade entirely from adult population

By on 8.16.21 in Census 2020

Between 2010 and 2020, North Carolina’s population grew by 903,905 individuals, an increase of 9.5%, faster than the national growth rate of 7.3%. Over that same period, North Carolina’s: child population grew by 2,654, an increase of 0.1% adult population grew by 901,251, an increase of 12.4% Nationally, the child population shrank by 1.1 million (-1.4%) and the adult population grew by 23.8 million (+10.1%). In Georgia, a state with similar overall population size and…

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First look at 2020 Census for North Carolina

By on 8.12.21 in Census 2020

We're looking at the redistricting data file that was released on August 12, 2021. North Carolina Data Files (CSVs) (will be updated as available): 2020 Census Population & Housing for Redistricting (NC Only) Blocks | Counties | Places (Cities, Towns, and CDPs) | Place by County | Townships (Minor Civil Divisions) | VTDs | School Districts 2010 and 2020 Census Data for NC Tracts | Counties | Congressional Districts | State House Districts | State Senate…

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Census 2020 Story Recipe: How to find and explore Census data

By on 8.11.21 in Census 2020

We recently received a question from a reporter in North Carolina asking how to compare 2010 Census redistricting data to 2020 Census redistricting data when it is released on Thursday, August 12.    This is a great question, and it can be localized. Here’s our guide on how to find the data, analyze the data, and what questions you can ask. For more great information, check out Tyler Duke’s GitHub containing a collection of data, methodology and…

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Deep dive: Key Census data releases about population

By on 8.10.21 in Census 2020

In addition to the decennial census—the once-a-decade count of all persons and households in the United States—the U.S. Census Bureau regularly conducts more than 130 surveys and programs that help us understand population, housing, and business trends. Each of these programs is best-suited for specific purposes, and some of them, such as the decennial census, have multiple data products that are released at different times. In this post, we discuss the three key Census Bureau…

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How the Census Bureau ensures complete and accurate data

By on 8.10.21 in Census 2020

Once a decade we count everyone living in the United States in the decennial census, as we have done every ten years since 1790. Trying to count all Americans once—and only once—and in the right place is a herculean task. Although we talk about the Census in reference to Census Day (April 1, 2020), the process of counting all Americans begins years before Census Day and continues for years afterwards. We can break down the…

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How COVID-19 will impact educational data

Earlier this year, we documented what we have learned so far about the pandemic’s effect on the educational system in NC. In this post, we detail how we expect data to be impacted across the education continuum, from Pre-K to career, with specific attention to 18 education indicators we monitor through the myFutureNC state dashboard. There are four main ways data can be impacted: 1. No data updates are available COVID-19 significant disrupted data collection…

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Preview: What redistricting means for NC’s Senate

This is the third post in a three-part series previewing redistricting in North Carolina. Earlier posts provide an overview of redistricting and a preview of what redistricting means for NC's House. Typically, redistricting starts in April, but the data delays because of Covid-19 pushed back the redistricting data release to August. Redistricting data from the 2020 census will be released on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The redistricting files are expected to be uploaded…

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