Latinx/Hispanic Population (North Carolina)

The Hispanic community, especially the undocumented community, has lived under the radar for many years. We see them from time to time. They are our neighbors, co-workers, employees friends and sometimes family members. However, how prevalent is the hispanic community in North Carolina? With recent polarized event surfacing in our media it is important to know the numbers. Below, we have provided some important information of who are our immigrants and, where our immigrants came from.

  • “Nearly 1 in 12 North Carolina residents is an immigrant” (“Immigrants in North Carolina.”)
  • “1 in 15 [North Carolina residents] is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least 1 immigrant parent (“Immigrants in North Carolina.”)
  • “In 2015, 794,684 immigrants (foreign-born individuals) comprised 7.9 percent of the state’s population.” (“Immigrants in North Carolina.”)
  • “More than a third of all immigrants in North Carolina are naturalized U.S. citizens.” (“Immigrants in North Carolina.”)
  • In 2016, North Carolina was home to 385,515 foreign-born and 545,595 U.S. born persons who identified as Latino. (“State Demographics Data – NC.”)
  • Of the foreign-born population in North Carolina in 2016, 414,439 persons (52.5%) were born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean):

“State Demographics Data – NC.”

South America: 50,025 (6.3%)

Brazil: 6,084 (0.8%)

Colombia: 14,910 (1.9%)

Other South America: 29,031 (3.7%)

(Map of South America)

Central America: 95,680 (12.1%)

El Salvador: 33,828 (4.3%)

Other Central America: 61,852 (7.8%)

(Map of Central America)

Mexico: 231,329 (29.3%)

(Map of Mexico)

Caribbean: 37,405 (4.7%)

Cuba: 8,193 (1.0%)

Jamaica: 9,438 (1.2%)

Other Caribbean: 19,774 (2.5%)

(Map of the Caribbean)


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“Immigrants in North Carolina.” American Immigration Council, American Immigration Council, 26 Oct. 2017,

Sémhur. Map of Mexico. 24 Sept. 2008,

“State Demographics Data – NC.”, Migration Policy Institute, 1 Apr. 2018,

TheMightyQuill. Political Map of South America. 22 Dec. 2010,