CAROLINA DEMOGRAPHY

Projections based on 2019 population estimates indicate North Carolina remains on track to add a 14th seat to its U-S House of Representatives delegation. A blog post by Carolina Demography indicates that current estimates predict North Carolina will be one of seven states to gain representation in the U-S House while ten states are projected to lose seats following the 2020 census. As of July 1, 2019, North Carolina’s population was estimated at 10.5 million. That’s a growth of 952,000 people since the 2010 census.

Over 1 million new voters could be casting ballots in North Carolina during the next Presidential election. A report from Carolina Demography says there have been 1.1 million voter registration forms filed since November 2016. That includes those turning 18 or gaining citizenship since 2016 and prior residents registering for the first time. And while 285,000 North Carolinians have left, 370,000 have moved in. The new voters are… officially, at least… largely non-partisan. Forty-three percent registered as unaffiliated voters, compared to 29% of prior registrants.

Many North Carolina counties with higher-than-average opioid prescription rates also have higher-than-average rates of grandparents raising grandchildren. Carolina Demography looked at 2017 data for their study. Statewide, 1.6% of grandparents care for their grandchildren, above the national average of 1.3%.