Why rural is hard to define

By on 9.20.21 in NC in Focus

What determines if an area is rural or not? Why is it relevant to distinguish between urban and rural at all? In this post, we talk about why defining rural areas is difficult, and how doing so correctly can improve the lives of those who live within them. Part of the difficulty lies in picking a definition. The variety of criteria is representative of just how complex of a topic this can be. How does…

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NC: All 100 counties see homeschooling increase

By on 9.10.21 in Education

The pandemic has increased the rate of homeschooling substantially, both nationally and at the state level. In North Carolina, the number of home schooled students increased by 21% from 2019-20 (149,173 students) to 2020-21 (179,900 students). In this blog post, we take a closer look at North Carolina’s data to see how the percentage increase of homeschooled students varies across counties. All 100 counties across North Carolina saw increase in homeschooled students Data provided from…

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Homeschooled children increasing in NC

By on 9.2.21 in COVID-19, Education

A growing number of Americans are teaching their children at home. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of homeschooled students nearly doubled nationally from 850,000 in 1999 to 1,690,000 in 2016. The percentage of students who were homeschooled increased from 1.7 percent of all students to 3.3 percent of all students over the same time. The pandemic has dramatically increased the number of homeschooled students nationally. The U.S. Census Bureau created…

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NC COVID-19 case rates by school district, zip code

Paul Delamater, a health geographer and our colleague at the Carolina Population Center, is providing up-to-date estimates of COVID-19 cases and forecasts of vaccination across North Carolina. In addition to estimates, Delamater and a team of researchers are mapping: Schools NC COVID-19 Case Rates by School District (over the past 2 weeks) NC COVID-19 Case Rates by School District (over the past week) What CDC transmission category each school district across the state is in,…

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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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Today: Census 2020 data release

By on 8.12.21 in Census 2020

Redistricting data from the 2020 census will be released today, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The redistricting files are expected to be uploaded to the Census Bureau's FTP site. What's included? The August 12th release will include: Race and ethnicity statistics. (Related blog post from Census Bureau) A new Diversity Index. Population down to the census block level. Race for the voting age population of people over 18 years old. Population totals for people…

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

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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