Census results indicate a slight population growth of 2% for Carteret concentrated in the western regions of the county | News
CARTERET COUNTY — The US Census Bureau released the results of the 2020 census on Thursday, and the numbers show Carteret County has increased slightly since the last count in 2010.
According to the data, Carteret County has an overall population of 67,686, up from 66,469 at the 2010 census. This represents a 2% increase in the number of residents calling Carteret County home over a 10 year period. years.
However, the growth has not affected all parts of Carteret County equally. According to census tract-level data, areas in the western part of the county, including Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, and areas along the Highway 24 corridor, increased significantly in population between 2010 and 2020, while that the Down East areas, including Atlantic, Davis, Straits and Harkers Island, lost population over the same period.
Populations in and around Beaufort, as well as the towns of Bogue Banks, have remained relatively stable, while populations have increased slightly in Morehead City and Newport, although most of this growth has occurred outside the boundaries of the city rather than in town.
The latest population statistics come from the Census Bureau‘s redistricting data, which was released Thursday and includes information on race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and group neighborhoods. The numbers represent where people lived on April 1, 2020 and are available for nation, states and communities down to the census block level.
Data shows Carteret County’s Hispanic population has increased nearly 50% since 2010, from 2,241 residents identifying as Hispanic to 3,119 Hispanic residents in 2020.
At the state level, North Carolina has added nearly one million new residents since 2010 for a population growth rate of about 9.5%. The state’s total population count in 2020 was 10,439,483, down from 9,535,483 in 2010.
This increase means North Carolina gets a seat in the United States House of Representatives, giving it a 14th representative. The data released Thursday will help lawmakers as they embark on the massive task of redrawing the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts.
Statewide, most population growth has been concentrated in metropolitan areas, reflecting a national trend that has seen cities generally grow faster than rural areas.
“Many counties in metropolitan areas have seen growth, especially those in the south and west. However, as we have seen in our annual population estimates, our country is growing more slowly than before,” said Marc Perry, senior demographer at the census bureau, in the agency’s press release announcing the latest data series. “This decline is evident at the local level where approximately 52% of counties in the United States saw their 2020 census populations decline from their 2010 census populations.”
This statistic is true in North Carolina, where about half, or 51 of the state’s 100 counties, lost population, while the other 49 gained. The counties with the fastest population growth are primarily in Piedmont and the state’s foothills, while the fastest-shrinking counties are concentrated in the Dunes and the Northeast. Coastal and mountainous areas have seen the least population change, with mostly small percentage losses or gains.
According to Carolina Demography, the official census count resulted in 100,000 fewer people for North Carolina than originally estimated.
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