Who are North Carolina’s Republican Voters? A 2022 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 August 2020. As of October 22nd, 2022, North Carolina had 7.4 million registered voters. Of these, 2.2 million or 30% 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 2022 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 August 2020. As of October 22nd, 2022, North Carolina had 7.4 million registered voters. Of these, 2.5 million or 33.75% were registered as a Democrat. Age Older voters are the most likely to register as a Democrat, partly…

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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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Starting School…in 2050: Planning ahead with child population projections

By on 8.16.22 in Education

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. Each year, he publishes population estimates and projections for North Carolina and its counties. It’s a time of excitement for thousands of 5-year-olds (and their parents) in North Carolina. As a new school year begins, many of these children will start kindergarten. According to current OSBM projections,…

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North Carolina’s Foreign-Born Population Growing More Diverse

By on 7.6.22 in NC in Focus

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. Each year, he publishes population estimates and projections for North Carolina and its counties. Miguel came to North Carolina from Columbia when he was a little boy, not yet old enough for school. While many of his family members still live in Columbia, North Carolina is the…

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Story Recipe: Using the Census API

By on 6.6.22 in Story Recipe

This piece was originally published on ObservableHQ. Evan Galloway is a research associate with the program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. The Census Data API is an incredible resource that makes a huge universe of data available programmatically. However, it can be hard to find the exact variables you need for your query. Also, commonly reported statistics are usually aggregates of several variables in,…

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Estimating future first-generation college students

By on 5.31.22 in Education

As part of our work on the county attainment profiles with myFutureNC, we regularly identify new data sources and metrics that help answer questions we are hearing from local stakeholders. For example, we developed county-level opportunity youth metrics to provide county leaders information on how 16-24-year-olds in their communities are doing with respect to work and school. We used this same methodological approach to develop another new county indicator: the share of children who would…

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NC’s fastest growing municipalities in Triangle and Brunswick

On Thursday, the Census Bureau released 2021 population estimates for municipalities. Here’s what the new data tell us about how North Carolina’s cities and towns have changed since the 2020 Census. Winston-Salem passes 250K residents Winston-Salem’s population estimate for July 1, 2021, was 250,320, an increase of 877 or 0.4% since the 2020 Census. The next North Carolina to pass a population milestone may be Wake Forest: at 49,657 residents in 2021 and fast growth…

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Story Recipe: How to access commuting data

We often receive requests around commuting patterns and answer questions like: How many people live in one location but work in another? How far do people travel to commute to work? What models of transportation do people take to work? Commuting data is  particularly useful for thinking about economic development, infrastructure planning, home values, climate change, and other topics. This post will serve as our “How to Guide” on obtaining commuting data from the US…

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Story Recipe: How to obtain census data using R & TidyCensus

By on 5.16.22 in Story Recipe

This piece was originally published on Thomas Gomes' Medium. Do you often get tired of grabbing data directly off of census.data.gov? Or has the Census API been throwing errors in your code? Maybe you are just like the rest of us, wanting to streamline your workflows as much as possible. Well, Dr. Kyle Walker had all of us Census Data users in mind when developing TidyCensus, an R package that makes obtaining Census data so…

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