Over half a million eligible voters have lived in NC for less than 5 years

In March 2015, there were 7.1 million eligible voters (citizens 18+) living in the state according to estimates from the Current Population Survey. Of these, 557,000 or 8% moved to North Carolina between 2010 and 2015. This post provides a brief profile of these new to North Carolina potential voters.

Origin

The largest share moved from Florida (88K), representing 16% of all eligible voters new to North Carolina since 2010. Another 67,000 or 12% moved from abroad (country not specified), followed by Arizona (41K), New York (38K), and California (31K).

Age

New arrivals to North Carolina are younger than individuals who have been in North Carolina since before 2010. Among potential voters who moved to North Carolina between 2010 and 2015, 66% are between the ages of 18-44 compared to 44% of all eligible voters in the state.

Reflecting this youth, new arrivals are more likely to be single/never married: 31% versus 25% of eligible voters who have lived in North Carolina since before 2010.

Race/Ethnicity

New arrivals are more diverse than those that lived in North Carolina prior to 2010. Eligible voters who moved into the state between 2010 and 2015 are more likely to be Hispanic (8% vs. 4%) and Asian (7% vs. 2%)

Educational Attainment

Eligible voters who arrived between 2010 and 2015 have higher educational attainment: 37% have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 28% of eligible voters who were living in NC prior to 2010.

Data Source: All data used in this analysis were from the March 2015 Current Population Survey via IPUMS-CPS.

About Rebecca Tippett

Rebecca Tippett is Director of Carolina Demography at UNC-Chapel Hill's Carolina Population Center.
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