A lot can be learned about our community from the data collected about it. The most recently released statistics pertaining to population, the economy, land development, and transportation provide a window into the quality of life of our residents, the diversity of our citizens, the stability of our businesses, and the health of our infrastructure. The measures tracked on this page paint a picture of our community's strengths and allow us to monitor areas where we can improve. We have endeavored to present this data as objectively and consistently as possible, and we invite you to explore it.

"Wake County by the Numbers" has previously only been published in pamphlet form. Due to data revisions to prior years, numbers published here may not match those numbers in previous Wake County publications. Data is updated and revised annually.

The demographics of a community reveals a lot about its diversity and desirability. These numbers show who our community is made up of, where our residents come from, and where growth is occurring within the county.

  
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Population

974,289 residents
Wake County's population is predicted to reach 1 million by 2015.
Population Density

1,140 people/square mile
Between 2000 and 2010, Morrisville's population density increased by 192%, the highest increase among all municipalities in Wake County.
Net Migration

14,765 new immigrants
781 new residents moved from Miami-Dade County between 2007 and 2011, constituting the highest in-migration from any single county outside of North Carolina.
Median Age

35.3
Wake County’s population is predicted to reach a median age of 40 by 2030. 
Foreign-Born Population

12.9% of the total population
The largest groups of foreign-born populations in Wake County come from Latin America (41.7% of foreign-born) and Asia (35.9%).
Total Households

357,684 households
Between 2000 and 2010, the number of households in Wake County increased by nearly 40%.
Average Household Size

2.6 people per household
The average household size of owner-occupied households (2.71) is slightly higher than the size of renter-occupied households (2.41).

The extent to which citizens are able to achieve a desirable quality of life within Wake County is determined in part by their economic independence. These numbers measure the strength and sustainability of the economy, the affordability of education, and the relative wealth of the population.

  
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Unemployment

6.6% unemployment
rate
Wake County's unemployment rate hit a peak in 2010 at 8.6%.
Education Level

47.5% of population has
Bachelor's degree or higher
In 2012, the percentage of Wake County's residents with a bachelor's degree was about 63% higher than the national average.
Median Household Income

$63,791
Wake County has the highest median income in the region.
Population Below Poverty Level
11.6%
Wake County has the lowest poverty rate among urban counties in North Carolina.

 

Development patterns provide insight into the strength of the construction sector and the pace of residential and commercial development, and illustrate where growth is occurring.

  
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Permitted Units

10,001 units permitted in 2013
In 2012, units permitted nearly matched 2005 levels, the highest since the recession.
Acres Annexed

1,899 acres annexed in 2013
46% of land in Wake County falls within the County planning jurisdiction.
Residential Building Permits

12,584 permits issued in 2013
2013 was the strongest year in the number of residential permits issued since the recession.
Commercial Building Permits

571 permits issued in 2013
The number of commercial permits issued in 2013 was up 70% over the weakest year during the recession.

The efficiency and affordability of transportation options have widespread economic and environmental consequences. How our residents choose to get around speaks to the adequacy of the county’s supply of public and alternative modes of transportation, the affordability of owning an automobile, the convenience of our mix of residential and commercial districts, and the quality of our roadways.

  
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Bus Ridership

10,990,715 passenger boardings
Passenger boardings increased for all Wake County bus service providers in the last year. C-Tran grew at the fastest rate, having 40% more boardings in 2012 than in 2011.
Funding for Public Transit Organizations

$64,728,317
Local agencies typically fund nearly 70% of bus operating costs.
Mode and Average Time of Commute

23.4 minutes
Of Wake County's 475,400 workers, 388,987 (82%) worked within the county in 2012.
Registered Vehicles

769,366 vehicles registered
In 2013, 0.80 vehicles were registered per capita.
Vehicle Miles Traveled

27.4 miles traveled daily per capita
Although total vehicle miles has increased annually for decades, vehicle miles traveled per capita is declining.