7.7 million votes: check out the demographics of North Carolina’s electoral population


In 2020, 158.4 million citizens, or nearly two-thirds of estimated eligible voters, voted in the presidential elections, according to the Pew Research Center. The number represented an above average turnout, with people voting in numbers not seen since 1980 and possibly well before.

Stacker compiled voter demographics for each state and Washington, DC, using the 2019 US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (released in September 2020). Each slide shows the state’s eligible population to vote (citizens aged 18 or older) and the breakdown of that population by gender, age, race, and education.

Economic statistics are not included because the American Community Survey does not take into account COVID-19, which has affected unemployment, poverty and the health insurance status of millions of Americans. In order to avoid making assumptions about the American Community Survey data or participants, Stacker used the exact wording of the “race” and “gender” framework that was provided in the census data.

Keep reading to see the demographics of North Carolina voters.

North Carolina in numbers

– Population eligible to vote: 7,729,644
– Breakdown by sex: 47.6% men, 52.4% women
– Age distribution: 21.0% 18-29 years, 23.1% 30-44 years, 33.6% 45-64 years, 22.3% 65+ years
– Breakdown by race: 71.6% white, 21.9% black or African-American, 2.0% Asian, 4.7% Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% Native American or American ‘Alaska, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.9% two or more races
– Breakdown by level of education: 2.5% less than secondary education, 7.4% part of secondary education (no diploma), 26.6% a high school diploma or equivalent, 23 , 7% some college level (no diploma), 10.0% an associate’s degree, 19.4% a bachelor’s degree, 10.4% a university or professional degree

With 15 electoral votes based of nearly 10.5 million people, North Carolina’s collective voting population continues to grow. The state’s population grew 10% between 2009 and 2019, far more than the national average of 6.3%. The highest percentage of voters by age are residents aged 65 or older, who make up 16.4% of the state’s total population, slightly above the national average of 16.1%.

In percentage terms, voters aged 45 to 64 are the highest in any state, with registered voters over 45 representing more than half of the country’s population. Older voters also tend to vote at a higher rate and played a significant role in older voters. President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory in Florida.

Along racial lines, black or African American voters in Louisiana and Georgia make up over 30% of the state’s registered voters. California and Texas, which grant the most electoral votes at 55 and 38, respectively, have the most Latino voters. On the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia and Maine pride themselves on highest percentage of white voters. A number of states had already seen voter turnout record, with 16 seeing more than half of its registered voters vote before election day.


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