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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