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Acres Annexed

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At last count

2,691 acres annexed in 2018

Current Through

December 2018



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?

The number of acres annexed increased steadily since between 2011 and 2015 to approximately 3,376 acres.  In recent years, annexations have remained relatively flat before a sharp decrease in 2018.

Did you know?

In 2018, the top three annexing municipalities were: Fuquay-Varina (999 acres), Apex (453 acres) and Raleigh (411 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 2019 to reflect data through December 2018




Created at 1/3/2014 4:14 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 2/28/2019 8:54 PM by Jason Horton


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