Census data shows population decline in Roanoke-Chowan area – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
While North Carolina is hailed as one of the fastest growing states in the country, the same is not true for the Roanoke-Chowan region and most of the northeast corner of the state. .
Some of the results from the 2020 census – delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic – were released on August 12. They show promising results for North Carolina, which increased its population by 9.5% (now to 10,439,388 from 9,535,483 in 2010).
During this time, the four local counties experienced population declines as follows:
Bertie: 21,282 in 2010; 17,934 in 2020 (-3,348; -16%)
Doors: 12,197 in 2010; 10,478 in 2020 (-1,719; -14%)
Hertford: 24,669 in 2010; 21,552 in 2020 (-3,117; -13%)
Northampton: 22,099 in 2010; 17,471 in 2020 (-4,628; -20.9%).
According to 2020 census data published by ncdemography.org, Northampton’s population loss of 20.9% was the third highest in the state, behind Tyrrell (-26.4%) and Hyde (-21.0). %).
More than half (51) of North Carolina’s counties have lost population over the past decade. The counties with the largest numerical declines were Robeson (-17,638), Duplin (-9,790), Edgecombe (-7,652), Columbus (-7,475) and Halifax (-6,069).
On the other hand, three counties in northeastern North Carolina have seen population gains over the past 10 years. Currituck gained 19% (from 23,547 to 28,100). Dare’s population increased by nine percent (from 33,920 to 36,915). Camden has 3% more inhabitants (from 9,980 to 10,355).
Wake County (a current population of 1,129,410) has overtaken Mecklenburg (1,115,482) to become North Carolina’s most populous county. The rest of the five most populous counties in the state are Guilford (541,299), Forsyth (382,590), and Cumberland (334,728).
By race, U.S. Census data showed Blacks or African Americans made up 21.5% of the state’s population. This percentage is higher in the Roanoke-Chowan area: 61.6% in Bertie County; 33.4% in Gates County; 59.4% in Hertford County; and 56.4% in Northampton County.
The number of white individuals living in the state is 62.5% of the total population. Gates County has the highest percentage of white people (63.3%) in the Roanoke-Chowan area, followed by Northampton (38.7%), Bertie (34.6%) and Hertford (33.3%) .
Meanwhile, the Hispanic/Latino population of the four local counties amounts to 2.1% in Bertie; 0.1% to Gates; 3.8% in Hertford; and 2.3% in Northampton. Hispanics/Latinos make up 9.8% of the state’s population according to the new census.
Due to its overall population growth, North Carolina will get a 14th seat in the United States House of Representatives.
National data released Thursday did not include population figures for towns with fewer than 5,000 residents. These data should be published next week.