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Trend at a Glance


At last count

1,072,203 residents

Current Through

July 1, 2017



What does this measure?

Population change is a main signifier of a region’s desirability and viability. People move into areas that offer attractive services, jobs, education, and overall quality of life, and they stay in areas where their needs continue to be met as they age. Changes in population suggest swings in community economic and development patterns; some examples of changes that may attract a population are business openings, transit station openings, housing program implementation, farmland conversion, and improvements within the local public school system. If unplanned for, rising populations can be a drain on local resources. However, a popular community is generally a sustainable one, as a growing population brings with it a growing tax base and a maintainable work force.

How is Wake County performing?

Wake is the 2nd most populous county in North Carolina and the 41st most populous county in the United States, based on the July 1, 2017 Census Bureau estimates.

Did you know?

Wake was the 20th fastest growing county nationally between 2010 and 2017 (based on count) at 165,319.  As a percentage, Wake County was 57th nationwide growing 18.2% in the same period.

Data Source

For most recent year, US Census Bureau Annual Estimates of Resident Population as of July 1.  For prior years, US Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates were used.  Sources may be found at http://factfinder.census.gov.

Data Considerations

Population estimates for prior years are revised annually based on the most current estimates.  There is a lag between the collection and reporting of Census Bureau data with July 1, 2017 county population estimates released in March 2018.  Population projections (if shown) are estimated by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSMB).

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official population estimates throughout the calendar year.  Population estimates for the most recent prior calendar year are released on July 1.  Prior year estimates may be adjusted in March and September.

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Created at 9/8/2015 11:57 AM by Sydney L. Sadler
Last modified at 10/1/2018 12:50 PM by Jason Horton


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