Between 2000 and 2004, North Carolina experienced the following:
- A sharp drop in median household income.
- A steady rise in the poverty rate.
- A jump in the share of uninsured residents.
- Median household income, adjusted for inflation, has fallen by $2,806 or 6.7 percent since 2000.
- 27 percent of workers earn less than $9.28 per hour, the amount needed to lift a family of four above the federal poverty line.
- Personal bankruptcy filings increased by 35.5 percent between 2000 and 2004.
- 1.2 million North Carolinians – 15.7 percent of the state’s population – live in poverty.
- 21.2 percent of all Tar Heel families with children younger than age five are poor.
- One of every five Tar Heel children lives in poverty.
- In 2003, 13 percent of whites, 32 percent of blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics were poor.
- 40.9 percent of renters and 29.7 percent of owners are housing burdened, meaning they spend at least 30 percent of their incomes on housing costs.
- Foreclosure filings nearly tripled from 15,000 to 44,000 between 1998 and 2004.
- 1.3 million North Carolinians – 16.5 percent of the state’s population – lack health insurance.
- North Carolina had the nation’s ninth highest teen pregnancy rate in 2002.
- 27,597 children currently are waiting for a child care subsidy.
- 30,016 children were substantiated as victims of child abuse and neglect in 2003.
- One-quarter of secondary students smoked in 2003.
- Over one-third of high-school students fail to graduate four years after starting school.
- Minority students have a 50-50 chance of graduating high school on time.
- The percentage of Tar Heels lacking enough food for their family for an entire month rose from 9.8 percent to 13.7 percent between 1996-98 and 2001-03.
- 25,000 people in North Carolina have HIV/AIDS with African Americans accounting for 71 percent of the infected.
- North Carolina has the nation’s most restrictive eligibility criteria for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. People who make more than $11,600 per year are denied help to buy medicine that costs $13,000 a year. Every state that borders North Carolina has an eligibility threshold almost three times higher. 
- North Carolina does not require all health insurers to cover mental illnesses like physical illnesses.
- The average prison population in 2004 equaled 35,098 – a 66.9 percent increase over 1993.
- African-Americans account for almost 60 percent of the prison population but only about 21 percent of the overall population.
- The typical adult entering the prison system in 2004 could read at a ninth-grade level and perform math at a seventh-grade level.
- State and local taxes consumed 10.9 percent of the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of taxpayers but 6.3 percent of the incomes of the richest one percent of taxpayers.
- Two-thirds of North Carolina’s prime-age workers (ages 25-54) lack any kind of post-secondary degree or credential.
- One of every two North Carolinians over age 16 is deficient in basic literacy skills.
- 70 percent of young adults (ages 18-24) were not pursuing post-secondary education in 2003.