Memorial Day snapshot: Who are NC’s veterans?

By on 5.27.21 in NC in Focus

We publish an annual post with statistics about North Carolina’s veteran population. The most current version of that profile was published in November 2020. The profile contains the following information: Age of veterans vs. non-veterans Race & ethnicity of veterans vs. non-veterans Period of military service Labor force participation, income, and poverty of veterans vs. non-veterans Educational attainment of veterans vs. non-veterans In addition to this, we regularly answer questions about veterans in North Carolina…

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How many households in NC may receive the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit?

By on 5.24.21 in NC in Focus

The Verge recently published a county-by-county look at the broadband gap, showing counties across the country where less than 15 percent of households are using the internet at broadband speeds (25 Mbps or above.) In NC, 20 of our 100 counties meet this definition of "low broadband." A new program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to fill that gap. In late February, the FCC announced that they were launching a new Emergency…

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Unemployment rates in NC increased in Spring 2020

Over the past year, the economic impact of COVID-19 has been at the forefront of pandemic response and state-wide reopening plans. In March 2020, businesses across the country closed – some of which have never reopened – resulting in unemployment levels that surpassed unemployment rates of the Great Recession in 2008. Although unemployment rates have improved, they have not fully recovered from a year ago. Those living in the U.S. have had to increasingly rely…

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How COVID-19 has affected NC’s on-time college enrollment

By on 4.29.21 in Education

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) regularly publishes research supporting education, workforce, and learner success, by identifying different student educational pathways. Specifically, the NCSRC calculates the number of high school graduates who immediately enroll in college after graduation. In March 2021, the NSCRC released a report on on-time fall college data enrollment that addressed the impact of COVID-19. This report corrected an earlier December release that said that on-time fall postsecondary enrollment had declined…

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Census 2020: NC gains a 14th seat in the House of Representatives

By on 4.26.21 in Census 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau just released the first look at the results from the 2020 Census. The U.S. population is now 331,449,281. The nation grew by 22,703,743 or 7.4% since 2010. This represents the second slowest decade of growth on record, just after 1930 to 1940 when the nation grew by 7.3%. Utah (+18.4%) was the fastest-growing state, followed by Idaho (17.3%) and Texas (15.9%). Three states--West Virginia (-3.2%), Mississippi (-0.2%), Illinois (-0.1%)--and Puerto Rico…

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What you need to know about today’s 2020 Census release

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the latest state population counts on April 26, 2021 at 3 PM ET. These numbers, the first results from the 2020 Census, are used to determine how many congressional seats each state has in the House of Representatives. We’ve received a lot of questions about the upcoming release. I recently spoke to Rebecca Tippett, the founding director of Carolina Demography, about the release and what’s expected to happen…

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COVID-19’s impact in rural NC

Throughout the pandemic, The Daily Yonder has been tracking COVID-19’s impact on rural America. As of April 14, 2021, they reported that 14% of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. occurred in rural (nonmetropolitan) counties. The rate of new infections has been lower in rural counties than metropolitan counties over the last two months, but the rural death rate was higher than the metro death rate. Today, we are taking a closer look at the…

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Your NC apportionment questions, answered

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release the latest state population counts by April 30, 2021. These numbers, the first results from the 2020 Census, are used to determine how many congressional seats each state has in the House of Representatives. We've received a lot of questions about the upcoming release. I recently spoke to Rebecca Tippett, the founding director of Carolina Demography, about the upcoming release and what's expected to happen in North Carolina.…

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Vaccine hesitancy in North Carolina

A poll released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation indicated that a growing number of people in the United States indicate that they have or will receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But there are still many people who are hesitant to get the vaccine. The CDC recently released an interactive map estimating how hesitant areas are across the United States to receive the vaccine. The map estimates the population that…

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How landscape architects use demographics

By on 3.31.21 in Lessons Learned

Demographic data is useful to a wide variety of organizations, ranging from nonprofits to businesses to government. Knowing the statistical characteristics of a population is key to future planning, making public policy decisions, and for organizations to know how to best reach and serve their intended audience(s). Through my work at Carolina Demography, I have become interested in how different industries use demographic data in their daily work. I recently had the pleasure of getting…

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