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Data Dashboard: Foreign-Born Population


Foreign-Born Population

Trend at a Glance

At last count

14.1% of the total population

Current Through




What does this measure?

The origin of Wake County residents is a main signifier of the county’s diversity, an important goal as Wake County enhances its communities socially and economically. The size of the County's foreign-born population, an indicator of the community's popularity among immigrants, hinges on factors such as location, education and employment opportunities, infrastructure, the efforts exerted by the community to attract foreign-born residents, and the nature of public and private service provisions. Growing diversity in the racial and ethnic makeup of a community creates both challenges and opportunities. Changes in the percent of foreign-born residents within a population may signal a need for modifications to service delivery from many segments of the community, including medical providers, school systems, and businesses. Simultaneously, foreign-born residents contribute to a culturally vibrant community, offering a diversity of experiences that enhance the local economy.

How is Wake County performing?

Raleigh, Cary, and Morrisville have the largest concentration of foreign-born residents in Wake County. Wake County's foreign-born population, which on average makes up about 14% of the overall population, mirrors the national average but is higher than the state average of 8%.

Did you know?

The most common regions of birth for foreign-born residents in Wake County are Asia and Latin America.

Data Source

American Community Survey Selected Social Characteristics (1-year estimates) 

Data Considerations

The Census Bureau's one-year or five-year estimates are referenced based on jurisdiction size. One-year estimates, used for higher-populated areas and considered more current, are used for county, state, and national data. Five-year estimates, considered more accurate, are used for municipal data. More can be read about these estimates here: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimates/
There is a lag between the collection and reporting of census data; data for 2018 will not be released until September of 2019.

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official population estimates and population estimate revisions for prior years annually.

Related Resources


October 2018; Revised to reflect 2017 ACS estimates




Created at 1/3/2014 4:07 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 10/1/2018 1:04 PM by Jason Horton


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