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Acres Annexed

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At last count

1,899 acres annexed in 2013

Current Through

December 2013



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 7,002 acres in 2007 to 669 acres in 2011. In 2013, the most acres were annexed by Cary (417 acres), Knightdale (354), Apex (283), Wake Forest (269), and Raleigh (234).

Did you know?

46% of land in Wake County falls within the County planning jurisdiction.

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Data is updated:

Data is published here annually on or around July 15 by Wake County Planning, Development, and Inspections.

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Created at 1/3/2014 4:14 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 6/2/2014 4:01 PM by Lori K. Neumeier