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Title

Population

Trend at a Glance

At last count

974,289 residents

Current Through

July 1, 2013

Category

People

What does this measure?

Population change is a main signifier of a region’s desirability and viability. People move into areas that offer attractive services, jobs, education, and overall quality of life, and they stay in areas where their needs continue to be met as they age. Changes in population  suggest swings in economic and development patterns; some examples of changes that may attract a population are business openings, transit station openings, housing program implementation, farmland conversion, and improvements within the local public school system. If unplanned for, rising populations can drain local resources. However, a popular community is generally a sustainable one, as a growing population brings with it a growing tax base and a competitive work force.

How is Wake County performing?

Wake County is the 2nd most populous county in North Carolina, and in 2013 was the 4th fastest growing county in the United States in terms of the number of residents added in counties with populations over 10,000. In 2000 Wake County was the 85th most populous county in the United States. By 2010 it was the 50th, and in 2013 Wake ranked 46th.

Did you know?

Based on July 1, 2013 U.S. Census population estimates, County staff predicts Wake will surpass 1 million residents by September 2014.

Data Source

Data Considerations

The Census Bureau revises its July 1 series of population estimates annually, including updating previously published estimates for prior years. Population estimates are also available from the State Demographer, and may differ from those published by the Census Bureau.

Charts & Maps

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Municipal and County Population Estimates 

Jurisdiction
(part within
Wake County only)
Decennial 
Census Count
July 1 
Annual Population Estimates
2010-2013 
Population Change
2010 ​2011 2012​ 2013​ ​Number Percent​
Wake County 900,993 929,070 952,143 974,289 73,296 8.1%
Angier (pt.) 103 105 106 108 5 4.9%
Apex 37,476 38,787 40,460 42,214 4,738 12.6%
Cary (pt.) 133,812 140,301 144,285 149,513 15,701 11.7%
Fuquay-Varina 17,937 19,141 19,970 21,277 3,340 18.6%
Garner 25,745 26,348 26,749 26,772 1,027 4.0%
Holly Springs  24,661 25,775 26,871 28,915 4,254 17.2%
Knightdale  11,401 12,055 12,736 13,291 1,890 16.6%
Morrisville (pt.) 18,576 19,548 20,603 21,932 3,356 18.1%
Raleigh (pt.) 402,825 413,019 422,246 430,630 27,805 6.9%
Rolesville 3,786 4,039 4,253 4,649 863 22.8%
Wake Forest  (pt.) 29,218 30,771 32,067 33,758 4,540 15.5%
Wendell 5,845   6,159 6,135 290 5.0%
Zebulon  (pt.) 4,433 4,533 4,604 4,591 158 3.6%
File: 7/1/2013 Subcounty Population Estimates
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: May 2014
Note: All geographic boundaries for these population estimates are as of January 1, 2013. 

   

Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official national, state, and county population estimates and population estimate revisions for prior years annually in March. Municipal estimates are published annually in May. Data is published here on or around June 15 by Wake County Planning, Development, and Inspections.

Related Resources

The N.C. State Demograher publishes population projections for state, county, and municipal jurisdictions.

2010 Census Wake County General Demographics Profile

2010 Census Wake County Municipal Populations

Revisions

Not applicable

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Created at 1/3/2014 3:53 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 8/15/2014 1:01 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
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