The U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2013 estimate of Wake County's population is 974,289.  Wake County is now the 46th largest county in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau. 

​The U.S. Census Bureau released its official Census 2010 population. The County's population rose to 900,993 as of April 1, 2010, up from 627,879 on April 1, 2000. This represents a gain of 43.5%, or 273,114 residents.

Population Growth

The following chart shows population growth since 1960 and projected growth out to 2019:

Source of Population Projection (NC State Demographer, April 2014)

 

​Year ​Population ​Source
​1960 169,082​ US Census - April 1​
​1970 ​228,453 US Census - April 1​​
​1980 ​301,327 ​US Census - April 1​
​1990 ​423,380 ​US Census - April 1​
​2000 ​627,846 ​US Census - April 1​
​2006 ​792,940 ​US Census- July 1
​2007 831,746 ​US Census - July 1​
​2008 ​866,068 ​US Census - July 1​
​2009 ​897,214 US Census - July 1​
​2010 ​900,993 ​US Census - April 1
​2011 ​929,780 ​US Census - July 1 Estimate
​2012 952,143 ​US Census - July 1 Estimate
​2013 ​974,289 US Census - July 1 Estimate​
​2014 986,692 ​Projection- NC State Demographer
​2015 ​1,007,551 ​Projection- NC State Demographer
​2016 1,028,410 ​Projection- NC State Demographer
​2017 1,049,271 ​Projection - NC State Demographer
​2018 ​1,070,130 Projection - NC State Demographer
​2019 1,090,988​ ​Projection - NC State Demographer