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Acres Annexed

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At last count

3,261 acres annexed in 2017

Current Through

December 2017



What does this measure?

Annexation, the incorporation of new territory into an existing municipality, provides insight into construction activity and development patterns in Wake county, both key measures of local economic health. Land annexation demonstrates the ability of local governments to expand services, it illustrates where developers are seeking to build, and it indicates in what communities citizens desire to reside. Annexations may occur through three methods: 1) city-initiated (“involuntary”), 2) by petition from property-owners or residents (“voluntary”), and 3) by act of the General Assembly (“legislative”). 

How is Wake County performing?

Numbers of acres annexed by municipalities plummeted from 7,170.8 acres in 2007 to 713.5 acres in 2011. The numbers increased annually through 2015 to 3,375.8 acres during that year.  Recently, annexations have remained relatively flat at approximately 3,300 acres each year.

Did you know?

In 2017, the top three annexing municipalities were: Apex (801 acres), Fuquay-Varina (794 acres), and Wake Forest (549 acres).

Data Source

Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections

Data Considerations

Not applicable

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

Data is published annually by Wake County Planning, Development, and Inspections.

Related Resources


February 2018 to reflect data through December 2017




Created at 1/3/2014 4:14 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 10/1/2018 4:14 PM by Jason Horton


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