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January 07
Wake County's Organic Population Growth Continues Decline

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Monday, January 7, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045
luther.snyder@wakegov.com

WAKE COUNTY’S ORGANIC POPULATION GROWTH
CONTINUES ITS LONG-TERM DECLINE

WAKE COUNTY 2018 BIRTHS, DEATHS, AND MARRIAGES ARE
GENERALLY CONSISTENT WITH PRIOR TRENDS

Raleigh, NC – Wake County’s long-term decline in organic population growth continued in 2018 as shown by year-end data released by the Register of Deeds.

Organic growth is the difference between births and deaths. In 2018, 13,143 Wake County births were recorded compared to 6,555 deaths, resulting in organic growth of 6,588. This compares to growth of 7,148 in 2017. Overall, 2018 growth was about 35% lower than the 2006 – 2008 base period. During the years 2006 through 2018 organic growth has declined steadily at a compound annual rate of negative 3.6%.

Charles P. Gilliam, Register of Deeds, said “deaths are rising steadily at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% while birth rate trends are slightly down at an average of negative 0.7% per year. The net result is a steady long-term decline in the organic growth rate for Wake County.”

Gilliam added “approximately 19% of 2018 births were by mothers who reside outside Wake County. This represents people from smaller surrounding counties who are using the large Wake County hospitals. These births are included in our numbers, but if these out-of-county births were subtracted the Wake growth rate would be lower.”

In 2018, 13,143 births were recorded, down from 13,409 in 2017. There were 6,555 deaths compared to 6,261 in 2017.

In 2018 marriage licenses issued by the Wake County Register of Deeds were 6,926, down from 7,272 in 2017. This decline is a deviation from the long-term trend which has seen a positive average annual growth rate of 2.3% from 2006 through 2018.

The Register of Deeds is the official custodian of Wake County birth, death and marriage records.

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