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Population and Housing Narrative Profile
2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


While the ACS produces sample-based population group and housing estimates used in this report, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program produces and disseminates official estimates of the population for the nation, states, counties, cities and towns, as well as estimates of housing units for states and counties. For more information see: www.census.gov/popest/

Note that for small geographic areas, the sample used for the Narrative Profile may be small as well. Users are encouraged to examine the detailed tables on American FactFinder that are associated with the Narrative Profile text. These tables provide additional information on sampling variability associated with the estimates in this report.

Geography: New Bern, North Carolina


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Households and Families

In 2012-2016 there were 12,600 households in New Bern, North Carolina. The average household size was 2.4 people.

Families made up 59 percent of the households in New Bern, North Carolina. This figure includes both married-couple families (39 percent) and other families (20 percent). Of other families, 8 percent are female householder families with no husband present and own children under 18 years. Nonfamily households made up 41 percent of all households in New Bern, North Carolina. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

In New Bern, North Carolina, 29 percent of all households have one or more people under the age of 18; 32 percent of all households have one or more people 65 years and over.


Types of Households in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Among persons 15 and older, 49 percent of males and 41 percent of females are currently married.

Population 15 years and over Males Females
Never married 34.5 25.7
Now married, except separated 48.6 41.1
Separated 2.8 3.9
Widowed 3.9 13.8
Divorced 10.3 15.5


In New Bern, North Carolina, 368 grandparents lived with their grandchildren under 18 years old. Of those grandparents, 63 percent of them had financial responsibility for their grandchildren.


Nativity and Foreign Born

An estimated 93 percent of the people living in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016 were
native residents of the United States
and 53 percent of these residents were
living in the state in which they were born.


An estimated 7 percent of the people living in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016 were foreign born. Of the foreign born population, 34 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens, and 70 percent entered
the country
before the year 2010. An estimated 30 percent of the foreign born entered
the country
in 2010 or later.

Foreign born residents of New Bern, North Carolina come from different parts of the world.

Region of Birth for the Foreign Born Population in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Language

Among people at least five years old living in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016, 11 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 43 percent spoke Spanish and 57 percent spoke some other language; 55 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."


Percent of the Population 5 years and over who Speak a Language other than English in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Geographic Mobility

In 2012-2016, 81 percent of the people at least one year old living in New Bern, North Carolina were living in the same residence one year earlier.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Education

In 2012-2016, 85 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 26 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 15 percent did not complete high school.

The total school enrollment in New Bern, North Carolina was 7,500 in 2012-2016. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 977 and elementary or high school enrollment was 4,500 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 2,000.


Educational Attainment of People in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Disability

In New Bern, North Carolina, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2012-2016, 17 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 3 percent of people under 18 years old, to 15 percent of people 18 to 64 years old, and to 42 percent of those 65 and over.

Employment Status and Type of Employer

In New Bern, North Carolina, 52 percent of the population 16 and over were employed; 39 percent were not currently in the labor force.

An estimated 77 percent of the people employed were private wage and salary workers; 18 percent were federal, state, or local government workers; and 4 percent were self-employed in their own (not incorporated) business.



Class of worker Number Percent
Private wage and salary workers 9,288 76.9
Federal, state, or local government workers 2,232 18.5
Self-employed workers in own not incorporated business 519 4.3
Industries

In 2012-2016, the civilian employed population 16 years and older in New Bern, North Carolina worked in the following industries:



Percent by Industry in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Occupations

Occupations for the civilian employed population 16 years and over in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016:



Civilian employed population 16 years and over Number Percent
Management, business, sciences, and arts occupations 4,126 34.2
Service occupations 2,537 21.0
Sales and office occupations 2,669 22.1
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations 1,070 8.9
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 1,672 13.8

Commuting to Work

An estimated 81 percent of New Bern, North Carolina workers drove to work alone in 2012-2016, and 10 percent carpooled. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 20 minutes to get to work.


Percent of Workers 16 and over Commuting by Mode in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Income

The median income of households in New Bern, North Carolina was $41,970. An estimated 16 percent of households had income below $15,000 a year and 5 percent had income over $150,000 or more.

Median Earnings for Full-Time Year-Round Workers by Sex in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2


An estimated 70 percent of the households received earnings and 26 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. An estimated 38 percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $17,147. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

Proportion of Households with Various Income Sources in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2

Poverty and Participation in Government Programs

In 2012-2016, 19 percent of people were in poverty. An estimated 32 percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 11 percent of people 65 years old and over. An estimated 14 percent of all families and 32 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.


Poverty Rates in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2
Health Insurance

Among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016, 85 percent had health insurance coverage and 15 percent did not have health insurance coverage. For those under 18 years of age, 5 percent had no health insurance coverage. The civilian noninstitutionalized population had both private and public health insurance, with 61 percent having private coverage and 42 percent having public coverage.

Population

In 2012-2016, New Bern, North Carolina has a total population of 30,100 -- 15,700 (52 percent) females and 14,400 (48 percent) males. The median age was 35.5 years. An estimated 24 percent of the population was under 18 years and 18 percent was 65 years and older.

Age Distribution of People in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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For people reporting one race alone, 59 percent were White; 33 percent were Black or African American; less than 0.5 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 6 percent were Asian; less than 0.5 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 2 percent were some other race. An estimated 3 percent reported two or more races. An estimated 6 percent of the people in New Bern, North Carolina were Hispanic. An estimated 53 percent of the people in New Bern, North Carolina were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.


Housing Characteristics

In 2012-2016, New Bern, North Carolina had a total of 14,500 housing units, 13 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 66 percent were in single-unit structures, 28 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 5 percent were mobile homes. An estimated 44 percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

Types of Housing Units in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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The median number of rooms in all housing units in New Bern, North Carolina is 5. Of these housing units, 59 percent have three or more bedrooms.

Occupied Housing Unit Characteristics

In 2012-2016, New Bern, North Carolina had 12,600 occupied housing units - 6,500 (51 percent) owner occupied and 6,100 (49 percent) renter occupied. An estimated 74 percent of householders of these units had moved in since 2000. An estimated 66 percent of the owner occupied units had a mortgage. An estimated 3 percent of the households did not have telephone service. An estimated 14 percent had no vehicles available and another 13 percent had three or more.

Homes in New Bern, North Carolina were heated in the following ways:

House heating fuel used in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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+this category includes utility, bottled, tank, or LP gas

Housing Costs

The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,307, nonmortgaged owners $458, and renters $851. An estimated 35 percent of owners with mortgages, 18 percent of owners without mortgages, and 52 percent of renters in New Bern, North Carolina spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in New Bern, North Carolina in 2012-2016
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Explanation of Symbols:
An '-' entry in the estimate column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute an estimate, or a ratio of medians cannot be calculated because one or both of the median estimates falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution.
An '-' following a median estimate means the median falls in the lowest interval of an open-ended distribution.
An '+' following a median estimate means the median falls in the upper interval of an open-ended distribution.

While the ACS produces sample-based population group and housing estimates used in this report, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program produces and disseminates official estimates of the population for the nation, states, counties, cities and towns, as well as estimates of housing units for states and counties. For more information see: www.census.gov/popest/

Note that for small geographic areas, the sample used for the Narrative Profile may be small as well. Users are encouraged to examine the detailed tables on American FactFinder that are associated with the Narrative Profile text. These tables provide additional information on sampling variability associated with the estimates in this report.