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The Socio-Economic Conditions of Puerto Ricans in North Carolina, 2010

Puerto Rican’s median household income was near parity with the North Carolina population as a whole, according to Centro’s Data Center, which has released a new data sheet on the socio-economic conditions of Puerto Ricans. The information is based on statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2010.

In 2010, median income household income was $43,326. It was slightly lower for Puerto Ricans at $43,053.

Per capita income drew a different picture with Puerto Ricans reporting 25 percent less income ($17,527) than the population as a whole ($23,432).

In North Carolina as a whole, 77 percent of households reported earning income, and the average income earned for these households was $59,401. For Puerto Ricans it was 12 percent lower ($52,207) among the 89 percent of households that reported such income. Puerto Ricans also reported lower Social Security income ($12,892) than the population as a whole ($16,109).

As far as educational attainment for the population 25 years of age and older, Puerto Ricans were notably overrepresented among those who had some college or associate’s degree (44 percent) compared to the North Carolina total population (31 percent).

Puerto Ricans were underrepresented among those with a bachelor’s degree or higher at 20 percent, compared to 27 percent for the total North Carolina population. Puerto Ricans were also underrepresented for those with less than a high school diploma. Puerto Ricans were near parity among those with a high school or equivalency diploma.

To view the full brief, Puerto Ricans in North Carolina, 2010.