North Carolina Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for North Carolina, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in North Carolina

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in North Carolina based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 28207 Mecklenburg County $389,928.00
2 27608 Wake County $213,819.00
3 28211 Mecklenburg County $211,706.00
4 28480 New Hanover County $185,809.00
5 28173 Union County $184,488.00
6 28036 Cabarrus County, Iredell County, Mecklenburg County $184,234.00
7 28226 Mecklenburg County $184,053.00
8 27519 Chatham County, Wake County $181,530.00
9 27310 Guilford County $176,544.00
10 28031 Mecklenburg County $175,817.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in North Carolina.

Richest Cities in North Carolina

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in North Carolina. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in North Carolina by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Biltmore Forest Buncombe County $331,074.00
2 Marvin Union County $254,526.00
3 Walnut Creek Wayne County $232,960.00
4 New Light Wake County $231,125.00
5 Bartons Creek Wake County $225,762.00
6 Center Grove Guilford County $225,681.00
7 Weddington Mecklenburg County, Union County $218,704.00
8 Sandy Ridge Union County $208,935.00
9 Wrightsville Beach New Hanover County $186,564.00
10 St. James Brunswick County $183,278.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in North Carolina.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2022, the median household income in North Carolina is $66,186.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in North Carolina.

  • Under 25
  • 25 to 44
  • 45 to 64
  • 65 and over

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in North Carolina?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in North Carolina is $92,878.00.

8.45% of households in North Carolina are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for North Carolina but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for North Carolina

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for North Carolina easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
  • $25,000 to $49,999
  • $50,000 to $74,999
  • $75,000 to $99,999
  • $100,000 to $149,999
  • $150,000 to $199,999
  • $200,000 or more

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in North Carolina. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in North Carolina by the total number of people in North Carolina.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in North Carolina and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in North Carolina is $37,641.00.

Population in North Carolina by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in North Carolina is currently 10,470,214 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in North Carolina can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in North Carolina.

  • 3.30% White
  • 90.00% Black/African American
  • 61.70% Native
  • 6.80% Hispanic
  • 20.60% Asian
  • 0.90% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.10% Two or more races
  • 3.10% Other

Population of North Carolina by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for North Carolina is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 616,713 591,606
10 to 19 Years 704,022 671,732
20 to 29 Years 724,038 692,557
30 to 39 Years 670,669 683,919
40 to 49 Years 654,257 673,741
50 to 59 Years 672,725 696,432
60 to 69 Years 584,850 656,846
70 Years and over 504,096 672,011

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in North Carolina.

  • Master's degree or higher
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Some college or associate's degree
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Less than high school diploma

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for North Carolina because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in North Carolina look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in North Carolina that are over the age of 16.

The current population in North Carolina that are over the age of 16 is 8,454,147 people.

The unemployment rate in North Carolina is 5.10%, which means 263,374 people are unemployed.

Median Age in North Carolina

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in North Carolina. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in North Carolina is 39.1 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in North Carolina







Households and Families

There are a total of 4,105,232 households in North Carolina, and the average household size is 2.48 people.

For families, the total number is 2,653,429, and the average family size is 3.08 people.

9.50% of those families in North Carolina are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for North Carolina in .

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $14,580.00
2 People $19,720.00
3 People $24,860.00
4 People $30,000.00
5 People $35,140.00
6 People $40,280.00
7 People $45,420.00
8 People $50,560.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from , while the latest demographics data we have is from 2022.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in North Carolina for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 1,952,436 181,966 519,027 1,451,803
Average Household Size 3.1 3.26 3.34 1.25
Total Families 1,952,436 181,966 519,027 0
Average Household Size 3.08 2.88 3.14 0

Housing Data in North Carolina

There are total of 4,739,881 housing units in North Carolina. Of those units, 4,105,232 (86.61%) are occupied, and 634,649 (13.39%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 4,739,881 housing units in North Carolina, 1,296,931 (27.36%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,093.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 57.34% of housing units, with 2,717,961 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in North Carolina.

  • No rent paid
  • Less than $500
  • $500 to $999
  • $1,000 to $1,499
  • $1,500 to $1,999
  • $2,000 to $2,499
  • $2,500 to $2,999
  • $3,000 or more

Property Values

The median value of a property in North Carolina is $234,900.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in North Carolina.

  • Less than $50,000
  • $50,000 to $99,999
  • $100,000 to $149,999
  • $150,000 to $199,999
  • $200,000 to $299,999
  • $300,000 to $499,999
  • $500,000 to $999,999
  • $1,000,000 or more

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in North Carolina.

  • 1939 or earlier
  • 1940 to 1949
  • 1950 to 1959
  • 1960 to 1969
  • 1970 to 1979
  • 1980 to 1989
  • 1990 to 1999
  • 2000 to 2009
  • 2010 to 2013
  • 2014 or later

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in North Carolina has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
  • 1 vehicle available
  • 2 vehicles available
  • 3 or more vehicles available

Commuting to Work in North Carolina

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of North Carolina, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 25 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of North Carolina.

  • Less than 5 minutes
  • 5 to 9 minutes
  • 10 to 14 minutes
  • 15 to 19 minutes
  • 20 to 24 minutes
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • 40 to 44 minutes
  • 45 to 59 minutes
  • 60 to 89 minutes
  • 90 or more minutes

We can also look at the means of transport in North Carolina to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
  • Carpooled
  • Public transportation
  • Walked
  • Other means
  • Worked from home


Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in North Carolina.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for North Carolina.

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