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Acres Annexed

Trend at a Glance

At last count

2,267 acres annexed in 2019

Current Through

December 2019



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 average around 3,380 annually between 2015 and 2017 before a sharp decrease in 2018.

Did you know?

In 2019, the top three annexing municipalities were: Fuquay-Varina (553 acres), Raleigh (354 acres), Apex (304 acres).

Data Source

Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections

Data Considerations

Not applicable

Charts & Maps

2018 Acres Annexed.jpg

Data is updated:

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

Related Resources


February 2020 to reflect data through December 2019




Created at 1/3/2014 4:14 PM by Lori K. Neumeier
Last modified at 2/17/2020 9:28 PM by Jason Horton

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