Wake County's current growth rate is
62 people per day, making it the
46th most populous county in the United States.
  

 

 

Components of Population Growth

Natural Increase
Each day, Wake County experiences an average of 34 births and 12 deaths, or 22 new residents due to natural increase. Since 2010, natural increase has contributed to 35% of Wake County’s population growth.
 
Net Migration
As the home to the state’s capital, one of the state’s flagship universities (NC State), and many major employers, Wake County receives a steady flow of people into—and out of—the county. On average, 188 people move into Wake County every day and 148 people move out, meaning Wake gains an average of 40 new residents each day due to net migration. Since 2010, net migration has accounted for 65% of Wake County’s growth.
 
Total New Residents Per Week
 
TOTAL NEW RESIDENTS
Natural Increase[i]
Births
Deaths
Net Migration[ii]
Total
433
153
239
86
280
Apex
28
8
11
3
20
Cary
93
19
29
10
74
Fuquay-Varina
20
3
6
3
17
Garner
6
3
7
4
3
Holly Springs
25
5
8
3
20
Knightdale
11
4
5
1
7
Morrisville
20
5
8
3
15
Raleigh
164
78
119
41
86
Rolesville
5
1
1
0
4
Wake Forest
27
6
9
3
21
Wendell
2
2
3
1
0
Zebulon
1
1
2
1
0
Balance of County
31
18
31
13
13
 

Characteristics of Babies Born

Births by Race/Ethnicity
  • 53% are to white mothers
  • 22% are to black mothers
  • 7% are to Asian mothers
  • 17% are to Hispanic mothers
  • 1% are to mothers of other racial groups
Births by Location
  • 50% occur Raleigh
  • 12% occur in Cary
  • 5% occur in Apex
  • 4% occur in Wake Forest
  • 3% occur in each of Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, and Morrisville
  • 17% occur elsewhere in the county

 

Characteristics of Net-Migrants

Origin

31 of Wake County’s average daily net migrants are from domestic migration:
  • 9 of Wake County’s average daily net migrants come from elsewhere in North Carolina, 
  • 5 net migrants come from New York
  • 3 net migrants come from New Jersey
  • 2 net migrants come from each of Pennsylvania and Ohio
  • 1 net migrant comes from each of Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Florida, and Massachusetts
  • 1 net migrant comes from another state or U.S. territory
9 of Wake County’s average daily net migrants are from international migration:
  • 3 are from India/East Asia
  • 2 are from each of Africa, Central America, and Europe
Top 3 countries: China, India, Mexico (each average about 1 migrant per day) 

Destination

  • 12 move to Raleigh
  • 11 move to Cary
  • 3 move to each of Apex, Holly Springs, and Wake Forest
  • 2 move to each of Fuquay-Varina and Morrisville
  • 1 moves to Knightdale
  • 3 move elsewhere in the county

 

Generation/Age of Net Migrants

  • 2 net migrants are pre-K (ages 1 to 4)
  • 5 net migrants are K-12 (ages 5 to 17)
  • 5 net migrants are college age (18-24)
    • Wake County loses 1 recent high school graduate (ages 18 to 19) – likely to attend college elsewhere in the state or country
    • 6 net migrants are young adults (ages 20 to 24) – either transferring to school, starting grad school, or moving to Wake for employment
  • 7 net migrants are between the ages of 25 and 34
  • 11 net migrants are between the ages of 35 and 44
  • 4 net migrants are between the ages of 45 and 54
  • 3 net migrants are between the ages of 55 and 64
  • 3 net migrants are 65 or older
From a generational perspective:
  • 7 children under 18 (not assigned to specific generation)
  • 9 Millennials
  • 13 Gen Xers
  • 8 Baby Boomers
  • 3 Silent Generation

Race & Hispanic Origin of Net Migrants

  • 17 White
  • 10 Asian
  • 8 Black
  • 6 Hispanic
  • Wake County has a net loss of 1 other or multi-racial individual per day

Marital Status of Net Migrants

Each day, Wake County nets an average of 33 individuals 16 and older (for whom marital status is determined). Among these:
  • 17 are currently married
  • 11 have never been married
  • 3 are divorced or separated
  • 2 are widowed

Educational Attainment of Net Migrants

Each day, Wake County nets an average of 28 individuals 25 and older. Among these:
  • 3 have less than a high school diploma
  • 2 individuals with only a HS diploma or GED move out of Wake County
  • 6 have some college or an associate’s degree
  • 14 have a bachelor’s degree
  • 7 have a graduate or professional degree 
 
 

Selected Calculations

Average Growth per Day
Watch the video below to see the formulas in how Average Growth Per Day or AGPD between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013.
 

 VIDEO: Wake Hits A Million Calculation

 
 

Date of Arrival of Millionth Resident
The date of arrival of the millionth resident is calculated first by determining the number of additional residents needed to reach one million and dividing by the average growth per day. The video above illustrates this calculation.

At the current rate of growth, it will take 416.52 days—or 1 year and 51.52 days—from July 1, 2013 for Wake County to reach its millionth resident.

 

 Celebrating One Million