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    On Thursday, the Census Bureau released 2021 population estimates for municipalities. Here's what the new data tell us about how North Carolina's cities and towns have changed since the 2020 Census.

    Winston-Salem passes 250K residents

    Winston-Salem's population estimate for July 1, 2021, was 250,320, an increase of 877 or 0.4% since the 2020 Census.

    The next North Carolina to pass a population milestone may be Wake Forest: at 49,657 residents in 2021 and fast growth since 2020, Wake Forest should surpass 50K in the 2022 estimates.

    337 municipalities have grown since 2020

    Of the state's 551 municipalities, 337 or 61% had population gains since 2020. One hundred and seventy-three-31% of all municipalities-grew faster than the state rate of 1.1%.


See how each municipality changed

    Estimating future first-generation college students

    As part of our work on the county attainment profiles with myFutureNC, we regularly identify new data sources and metrics that help answer questions we are hearing.

    We recently developed another new county indicator: the share of children who would be first-generation in college students, based on the current educational attainment of their parents or guardian.

    Statewide, nearly 1.2 million North Carolina children would be first-generation in college students - meaning they live in a household where the highest educational attainment of their parent or household head is less than an associate degree. This represents just under half-49%-of all North Carolina children.

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    2022 Women's Health Report Card

    The Center for Women's Health Research (CWHR) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine released the 12th edition of our North Carolina Women's Health Report Card on May 9, 2022. This document is a progress report on the health and health care needs of North Carolina's 5+ million women.

    Carolina Demography collected the data found within this report. A complete list of data indicators and highlights from the report is available from CWHR.

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   Contact: Carolina Demography
   Email: demography@unc.edu
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