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Data Dashboard: Foreign-Born Population


Foreign-Born Population

Trend at a Glance

At last count

13.7% 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 13% of the overall population, mirrors the national average but is higher than the state average of 7.6%.

Did you know?

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

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 2017 will not be released until September of 2018.

Charts & Maps

Foreign Born Pop 2016.jpg

Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official population estimates and population estimate revisions for prior years annually. County, state, and national data are released in March each year.

Related Resources


October 2017; Revised to reflect 2016 ACS estimates




Created at 1/3/2014 4:07 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 10/2/2017 3:41 PM by Jason Horton





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