2020 Census data: North Carolina is becoming more racially diverse
The state, now home to 10.4 million people, is more racially diverse.
The Hispanic population over the past ten years has grown from 8.4% to 10.7% while the Asian population has grown from 2.2% to 3.3%; the black population fell by one percentage point to 20.2%.
Meanwhile, North Carolina’s white population fell nearly five percentage points to 60.5%.
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Raleigh still ranks second to Charlotte in population, but Wake County as a whole has surpassed all others, claiming the top spot for most populous county.
Rolesville, one of Wake County’s 12 municipalities has certainly contributed to the growth as it has seen a 150% growth in population since the last census in 2010.
“The number is a little higher than I thought,” Rolesville Mayor Ronnie Currin said. “We don’t have a lot of commercial stuff that we’re very confident of getting right now with the numbers we’re seeing.”
The northeastern town of Wake County, now home to 9,475 people, is set to open two multimillion-dollar developments, including Cobblestone Crossing later this month, which will bring housing and businesses downtown.
“It’s not just about the numbers,” Currin said. “It’s about the environment we create for people who want to live here.”
“I would say we’re in the top five of the fastest growing regions in the country,” said NCSU economist Mike Walden.
Walden anticipates faster growth in the coming years as more people move in and spread out into the area.
For now, 2020 census data earns North Carolina one additional congressional seat.
“That obviously means more influence at the national level,” Walden said. “That means fights over redistricting.”
The state’s Republican-controlled legislature will now begin redrawing the boundaries of Congress and legislation — a highly political process historically fraught with legal battles.
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