North Carolina

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State Highlights
  • Total Latino Population

    894,276

  • Median Age of Latinos

    24.5

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $32,463

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    107,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    34.7%

  • Latino Homeownership

    42.4%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    15.2%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in North Carolina increased by 132.2% and accounted for 27.3% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, North Carolina’s Latino population totaled 894,276 and constituted 9.0% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Mecklenburg and Wake. 4

In 2014, North Carolina’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 204,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 107,000 and constituted 2.2% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 49.5% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2014

North Carolina was one of twenty-six states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that President Obama’s suspension of immigration laws was unconstitutional. 8

2013

North Carolina passed legislation (NC H786) that outlines which state agencies are required to enroll in E-Verify. 9

64.2% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (56.1% were native born and 8.1% were naturalized). 10

43.9% of Latinos were foreign born. 11

79.3% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 12

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 49.9% spoke English “very well”, 19.5% spoke English “well”, 21.1% spoke English “not well”, and 9.5% spoke English “not at all.” 13

The median age of Latinos was 24.5 years compared to 41.4 years for Whites. 14

39.0% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 20.7% of Whites. 15

Latinos comprise 15.2% of all persons under the age of 18. 16

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 44.5% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 11.4% of Whites), 24.1% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 25.9% of Whites), 18.8% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 31.4% of Whites), 9.0% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 20.4% of Whites), and 3.7% had a Graduate degree (compared to 11.0% of Whites). 17

Median household incomes totaled $32,463 for Latinos and $51,707 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 18

34.7% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 9.8% of Whites. 19

42.4% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 71.2% of White households) and 57.5% were renter occupied (compared to 28.8% of White households). 20

8.2% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 6.6% of Whites. 21

9,043 in 2002 to  35,050 in 2012. 22 23

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $5,211,111, representing an increase of 24.6% from 2007. 24 25

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 26,005 people with an annual payroll of $822,250. 26

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in North Carolina totaled $16.6 billion. 27

From 2000 to 2014, North Carolina’s immigrant population increased 77.6%, growing from 430,000 in 2000 to 763,584 in 2014 (immigrant share of  7.7% in 2014). 28

In 2014, 24.8% of immigrants living in North Carolina entered the U.S. before 1990, 27.3% entered between 1990 and 1999,  35.5% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 12.4% entered after 2010. 29

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 55.3% of immigrants living in North Carolina were born in Latin America, 25.8% were born in Asia, 9.9% were born in Europe, 6.4% were born in Africa, and 2.6% were born in other regions. 30

35.3% of all immigrants in North Carolina were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 31

In 2012, 296,519 people (or 5.6% of all registered voters in North Carolina) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 32

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 506,292 and made-up 9.1% of North Carolina’s workforce. 33

Between 2009 and 2013, 204,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in North Carolina, representing 65% of the undocumented civilian population. 34 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from North Carolina would result in a $14.5 billion loss in economic activity and a $6.4 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 101,414 jobs. 35

Undocumented immigrants in North Carolina paid $278.4 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 36

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