North Carolina population by Race
North Carolina the ninth-largest U.S. state by population has a racially and ethnically diverse population. As of 2020, White (Non-Hispanic) are the largest group in North Carolina followed by African Americans and Hispanic or Latinos.
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Ethnic and Racial Percentage
In 2020, the White alone (non-Hispanic) population was the largest racial or ethnic group in North Carolina, comprising 60.46% of the total population. It was followed by the African American population whose share was 20.19%.
Hispanic or Latino was the third largest group at 10.72%. Two or more races are at 3.90% and the Asian population is at 3.26%
The ethnic composition of North Carolina is as follows
|Race and Origin||Population||Percentage 2020|
|White alone (non-Hispanic)||6,312,148||60.46%|
|Black or African American alone||2,107,526||20.19%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,118,596||10.72%|
|Two or more races||406,853||3.90%|
|American Indians & Alaska Natives alone||100,886||0.97%|
|Some Other Race alone||46,340||0.44%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders alone||6,980||0.07%|
Source: US Census 2020
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*US Census recognized five racial categories (White, Black or African American, Asian American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as people of two or more races. It also classified respondents as "Hispanic or Latino" or "Not Hispanic or Latino", identifying Hispanic and Latino as an ethnicity (not a race), which comprises the largest minority group in the nation.
Ancestry in North Carolina
As per Census Studies and estimates English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish people have made the five largest ancestry groups in North Carolina. In 2020, 11.1% of the population considered themselves to be of only American ancestry (regardless of race or ethnicity). Many of these were of English, Scotch-Irish, or European descent; however, their families have lived in the state for so long that they choose to identify as having “American” ancestry or do not know their ancestry. Some of their ancestry dates to the original thirteen colonies.
The Largest Ancestry in North Carolina is as follows
|French (except Basque)||160,229||1.5%|
Source: US Census 2020
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European Ancestry in North Carolina
Non-Hispanic Whites account for nearly 60.46% of North Carolina’s population. English, German, and Irish have made up the three largest European ancestry groups in North Carolina.
As per the Census report, English Americans made up 9% of the population and numbered over 0.94 million members. German Americans made up 9% of the population and numbered over 9.38 million.
Irish Americans made up 7.6% of the population and numbered over 8 million followed by Italian ancestry at 3.2% of the population and number 334,871.
Other Europeans who make good numbers are Scotch-Irish (2.3%), Scottish (2.1%) Polish (1.4%), French (1.50%), Russian (0.40%), Dutch (0.70%), Swedish (0.60%), Norwegian (0.50%), Welsh (0.60%) and Hungarian (0.30%).
African Americans in North Carolina
According to 2020 census data, the Black/African American alone population in North Carolina was 2,107,526 (black alone), which accounts for approximately 20.19% of the state’s total, or 2,344,553 (Black in combination with one or more races) 22% of the total population.
African Americans are concentrated in the state’s eastern Coastal Plain and in parts of the Piedmont Crescent. A significant proportion of North Carolina’s African American population resides in urban areas, such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem. Additionally, there are numerous Black residents living in smaller cities, towns, and rural areas across the state.
Hispanics and Latinos in North Carolina
Hispanics and Latinos are the third-largest groups in North Carolina. Around 11% of North Carolina’s Population claims Hispanic or Latin American ethnicity. Since 1990, the state has seen an increase in the number of Hispanics/Latinos. As a result, growing numbers of Hispanic immigrants are settling in the state, the majority of which are from Mexico, but also from Puerto Rico, and to a lesser degree from other Caribbean and Central American countries.
Asian Americans in North Carolina
Asian Americans are a sizable minority group in North Carolina. Americans of Asian descent formed 3.26 percent of the population. Its ethnic Asian population has grown rapidly since the late 1990s; the majority are Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and ethnic Chinese.
Multi-Race in North Carolina
Multiracial individuals are also a visible minority in North Carolina. People identifying as multiracial form 3.9% f the population, and number around 400,000 people.
Native Americans in North Carolina
Native Americans are a smaller minority in the state. Native Americans made up 1% of North Carolina’s population and number over 100,000 individuals as of 2020.