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Trend at a Glance

At last count

974,289 residents

Current Through

July 1, 2013



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.

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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.

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Created at 1/3/2014 3:53 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 7/17/2014 9:18 AM by Lori K. Neumeier