As chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, I’m honored to share with you the 2016 State of the County Report. 

It has been an exciting year for Wake County, and we have made significant strides to address the community's most pressing needs.

You will hear the word “growth” a lot in this year’s State of the County Report, and that is by design. Wake County’s population increases by 64 people per day, and that is not projected to stop anytime soon. In fact, we are the second fastest growing county of our size in the nation. Today, our population numbers more than one million people. By 2054, it’s expected to reach two million people.


Growth is a component of every one of our boards’ nine goal areas: community health; economic strength; education; great government; growth and sustainability; mobility; people, arts and culture; public safety; and social and economic vitality.

In the 2016 State of the County Report, we share with you the progress we have made toward these goals, because that is the best way to illustrate the true state of our county. In the video above, you will hear from each of your commissioners as they highlight the milestones we have made together on key issues facing the county and the difference they are making for residents in our community.

Dr. James West
Chairman, Wake County Board of Commissioners