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Acres Annexed

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At last count

3,376.6 acres annexed in 2016

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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. These numbers increased annually through 2015 to 3,375.8 acres during that year.  The relatively flat rate of 3,376.6 acres annexed by municipalities in 2016 may indiciate that the pace of development may be leveling.

Did you know?

In 2016, the top five municipalities annexing areas in Wake County were: Apex (1,142), Cary (508.4), Fuquay-Varina (390.9), Rolesville (323.7), and Garner (316.5).

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Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

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

Related Resources


June 2017; Revised to reflect 2016 year totals




Created at 1/3/2014 4:14 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 10/2/2017 4:00 PM by Jason B. horton





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