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Trend at a Glance


At last count

1,046,791 residents

Current Through

July 1, 2016



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 44th most populous county in the United States, based on the July 1, 2015 Census Bureau estimates.

Did you know?

Wake was the 2nd fastest growing county nationally among the 6 counties that had more than 1 million residents on July 1, 2015 and experienced a cumulative growth rate of 12% between 2010 and 2015.

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.  Sources may be found at http://factfinder.census.gov.

Data Considerations

Population estimates for prior years are revised annually.  Current estimates may not reflect previously published data.  There is a lag between the collection and reporting of Census Bureau data.  July 1, 2017 county population estimates will be released in March 2018.

Charts & Maps

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Data is updated:

The United States Census Bureau publishes official population estimates and population estimate revisions for prior years annually.

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Created at 9/8/2015 11:57 AM by Sydney L. Sadler
Last modified at 10/2/2017 2:47 PM by Jason B. horton





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