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You can click through the pages in this section to get many of the facts and figures you need to make decisions that are right for your organization. You also find links to other sites such as the North Carolina Department of Commerce that can provide invaluable information.

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Demographic Information

Population & Growth

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Population estimates are calculated as the number of people living in an area at a specified point in time, which considers natural fluctuations due to: births, deaths, domestic migration and international migration.

Since 2005, ENC has seen a steady increase in the number of people residing in the region. Over this time frame, ENC has grown at a faster rate than the United States, to over 1.4 million residents, adding an average of 15,000 residents per year. Total regional population in 2013 was 1,415,063 with a 2014 projection of 1,441,806.

Median Age

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1990 Census

Median Age
2000 Census 2009 Estimate 2014 Projected
30.5 33.6 34.9 35.1
 
Age 1990 Census 2000 Census 2009 Estimate 2014 Projected
0 to 4 62,291 64,195 74,317 74,596
5 to 14 115,117 128,086 135,319 153,973
15 to 19 65,319 68,727 70,438 68,696
20 to 24 87,733 86,248 84,452 75,918
35 to 44 118,027 138,315 124,934 128,237
45 to 54 77,011 116,997 134,157 137,205
55 to 64 67,677 78,762 111,994 129,523
65 to 74 54,850 61,016 71,303 90,332
75 to 84 26,442 35,514 43,263 49,644
85+ 6,877 10,124 14,229 17,445
Ethnic Diversity

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Race 1990 Census 2000 Census 2009 Estimate 2014 Projected
White 558,064 584,165 647,903 726,339
Black 254,670 281,028 289,224 300,499
American Indian
or Alaska Native
2,599 3,609 5,517 9,634
Asian or
Pacific Islander
6,311 8,126 10,215 10,232
Other 7,689 26,161 30,889 35,467
Multiracial na 13,052 19,023 19,228
Hispanic Ethnicity 67,677 78,762 111,994 129,523
Not Hispanic 15,797 45,659 63,758 73,399
Not Hispanic
or Latino
813,534 870,482 939,013 1,028,000
SAT Scores

Eastern North Carolina high school students' average scores on the SAT are in line with the state average - and are trending upward.

County SAT Scores 2011
Carteret 1046
Craven 996
Duplin 909
Edgecombe 852
Greene 915
Jones 906
Lenoir 912
Nash 945
Onslow 976
Pamlico 1020
Pitt 990
Wayne 950
Wilson 961
North Carolina Average 1001
Educational Attainment

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Since 2000, the region has seen a sharp decrease in the percentage of residents who possess less than a High School diploma, while both those possessing an Associates Degree or Some College and a Bachelor’s Degree or higher have increased. On the state and national level, the most significant growth also occurred in those obtaining a Bachelor's Degree and above.

Income Levels
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Per Capita Income (PCI) is the average income received in the past 12 months for every man, woman, and child in a geographic area. Over the past 5 years, ENC has seen a slight decline in PCI, similar to the state and the nation. In 2009 the regional PCI was $21,954 and in 2013 it was $21,085.

 

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Median household income divides the income distribution into two equal parts; one half of the cases fall above and one half fall below the median. All three populations saw an increase from 2003-2013. Over this time period the US saw a 21% increase, NC experienced a 17% increase and ENC a 23% increase.

Travel and Tourism Expenditures

Travel and Tourism expenditures are calculated using the Travel Economic Impact Model (TEIM) which is a disaggregated model comprised of 16 travel categories, including: lodging, food, retail, public transportation, auto transportation, and amusement/recreation. Over the 10 year period shown in this graph, both the state and region have grown at very similar rates. Although tourist expenditures dropped in 2009, expenditures have risen to $2.9 billion in 2013, compared to $2 billion 10 years ago.