Recent Census Data Releases
2020 Census Apportionment Results Delivered to the President
The U.S. Census Bureau just released the first look at the results from the 2020 Census. The U.S. population is now 331,449,281. The nation grew by 22,703,743 or 7.4% since 2010. This represents the second slowest decade of growth on record, just after 1930 to 1940 when the nation grew by 7.3%.
North Carolina’s official population in the 2020 Census was 10,439,388. This is an increase of 903,905 or 9.5% since 2010. North Carolina had the 6th largest increase among the states and was the 15th fastest-growing state. North Carolina gained a 14th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Carolina Demography expected North Carolina's population to be somewhere between 10,550,000 and 10,580,000, based on estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and population projections from the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management. The official census count is more than 100,000 fewer individuals than expected. Population estimates suggest that 43 of the state’s 100 counties may have lost population over the decade. However, we won’t know which counties lost population—and how many people—until the next release of 2020 Census data in August/September 2021. With the state population coming in lower than expected, we could see counties with larger than expected losses, slower than expected growth, or both.
The 2020 Census Apportionment population and number of representatives by state is available on the Census Bureau website, as well as the following resources and visualizations:
- Apportionment Population, Resident Population, and Overseas Population: 2020 and 2010 Census: Excel and PDF
- Apportionment Population and Number of Seats in U.S. House of Representatives by State: Excel and PDF
- Numeric and Percent Change in Resident Population: 2020 Census and 2010 Census - Excel and PDF
- 2020 Census Map: 2020 Resident Population
- 2020 Census Map: Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives
- 2020 Census Map: Percent Change in Resident Population
- Historical Apportionment Data Map
Census Bureau Reports & Briefs
The Census Bureau periodically releases reports and briefs across a variety of topics related to and using their demographic data products. The reports linked below represent a sampling of those released by the Census Bureau to date in 2021.
- A Preliminary Analysis of U.S. and State-Level Results From the 2020 Census
- Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2016
- Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2018
- Childhood Disability in the United States: 2019
- Homeownership in the United States: 2005 to 2019
- 2021 Capital Spending Report: U.S. Capital Spending Patterns 2010-2019
- Travel Time to Work in the United States: 2019
2020 Census TIGER/Line Shapefiles Have Arrived
The Census Bureau has released the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Geographic Support Products for all 50 states, including North Carolina. State and local governments use these products in their redistricting efforts.
The products contain newly created 2020 Census blocks and updated block groups, census tracts, voting districts, and current boundaries for legal governments and school districts referenced to January 1, 2020.
TJCOG Tips for Using the TIGER/Line Shapefiles
The core 2020 TIGER/Line Files and Shapefiles do not include demographic data, but they do contain geographic entity codes (GEOIDs) that can be linked to the Census Bureau's demographic data, available on data.census.gov.
- Download a complete set of zipped shapefiles for North Carolina on the Census Bureau's website, or download the shapefiles on the Census Bureau's: FTP Archive by State and FTP Archive by Layer.
- If you have any questions about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data or TIGER/Line Shapefiles, read the 2020 TIGER/Line Shapefiles Technical Documentation.
Census 2015-2019 5-Year Estimates Have Arrived
The Census Bureau has released the 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information! This release marks a key milestone - three sets of 5-year estimates that do not overlap, providing a great tool to examine local trends. The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40+ topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, and selected monthly homeowner costs.
The 5-year estimates are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level.
TJCOG Tips for Using the Census Data
- Not sure how to search through the data and tables or want an easy way to look at your local information? Explore Narrative Profiles! Each covers 15 different topic areas and highlights estimates for specific geographic areas.
- Want to see the most used social, economic, housing, and demographic data? Explore Data Profiles! Each summarizes a set of data characteristics for a single geographic.
- Interested in learning about all the tools available? Go here.
Interested in Learning More?
Below are some related resources that can be found on the Census Bureau and its partners' websites, such as Blog Posts and Press Releases.
2020 Census Apportionment Results
- 2020 Census Apportionment Results Delivered to the President
- Census 2020: NC gains a 14th seat in the House of Representatives
2020 Census Data Processing Updates
- Census Data Processing 101
- 2020 Census Processing Updates
- Update on 2020 Census Data Processing and Quality
- Ensuring a Robust and Accurate Data Quality Analysis in the 2020 Census
- Census Bureau Releases Quality Indicators on 2020 Census
- Comparisons to Benchmarks as a Measure of Quality
- 2020 Census: Operational Quality Metrics (Data Visualization)
2020 Census Data Results