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The 2000 Census showed that Wake County had a population of 627,846 people. This represented 7.8% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wake had a population of 897,214 people. This is an increase of 42.9% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010900,993+43.51%+0.42% since 2009
2009897,214+42.9%+3.36% since 2008
2008868,068+38.26%+4.37% since 2007
2007831,746+32.48%+4.89% since 2006
2006792,940+26.3%+5.19% since 2005
2005753,828+20.07%+4.25% since 2004
2004723,095+15.17%+3.1% since 2003
2003701,347+11.71%+3.07% since 2002
2002680,443+8.38%+3.23% since 2001
2001659,127+4.98%+4.98% since 2000
2000627,846The Last Census

Wake County had 258,953 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wake County has a total area<3> of 857 square miles [2,220 km²]. Of this total, 831 square miles [2,154 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.95%) being water (25.33 square miles [65.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wake County had a population density of 754 people per square mile [291.4 people/km²], making it the state's 4th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Wake County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wake and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Wake County QuickFact (QF-37183).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Wake County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Holly SpringsQF-373226021,7499,192136.61%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Wake County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ChathamQF-37037   W64,77249,32931.31%
DurhamQF-37063   NW269,706223,31420.77%
FranklinQF-37069   NE60,08847,26027.14%
GranvilleQF-37077   N57,63948,49818.85%
HarnettQF-37085   S115,76191,02527.17%
JohnstonQF-37101   SE168,525121,96538.17%
NashQF-37127   E94,74387,4208.38%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Wake. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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