Immigration Overview
Wake County, North Carolina

Wake County
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Every place in America is home to a unique group of immigrants, and Wake County, North Carolina is no exception. This report uses the term immigrant more or less synonymously with the term foreign-born, meaning anyone residing in Wake County who was born in another country. Only the latter term is reported by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), the primary data source for this report. 

How many people in Wake County were born in another country?

The foreign-born population includes both non-citizens and naturalized citizens living in Wake County, North Carolina. It may include some Wake County residents who do not consider themselves true immigrants, such as students and expatriates from other countries. It does not include children with immigrant parents—many of whom were born on U.S. soil. The tiles below show a few basic statistics about Wake County that put the foreign-born population in context. 

By the Numbers:

Where do immigrants live throughout Wake County, North Carolina?

This map shows the foreign-born population as a percent of each census tract's total population in Wake County, North Carolina. Hover over a census tract to see its percentage. 

What languages do immigrants speak at home in Wake County?

The ACS divides languages spoken by Wake County residents into several broad categories, based on the major families of spoken languages.

Asian and Pacific Island languages include Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Turkish, and languages spoken by indigenous people of Australia along with other Pacific cultures.

Indo-European languages include a huge swath of spoken languages, ranging from French to Farsi, along with the many languages spoken on the Indian subcontinent. English and Spanish are also Indo-European languages, but are recorded in separate categories.

Other languages include Arabic and Hebrew, many languages spoken in Africa, Native American languages, and Hungarian. 

How many immigrants in Wake County do not speak English well ?

This measure means that a Wake County resident reported speaking English "not well" or "not at all" in the American Community Survey. It excludes foreign-born residents who report speaking English "well" or "very well," or who spoke English as their only language. 

The bar chart below shows which languages are spoken by foreign-born Wake County residents who lack English fluency. 

About the Data

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates. 

Percentage and number of foreign-born: Table DP02. 

Total population: Table B05012. 

Number of naturalized citizens: Table B05005. 

Percentage of foreign-born who do not speak English well: Table B16004. 

English Fluency and Spoken Language: Table B16005. 

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.