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Time Zone: Wake County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Raleigh is the Seat for Wake County. Raleigh is also the capital of North Carolina.

Wake County was founded in 1771. Wake was created by taking area from Cumberland, and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 627,846 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Wake represented 7.8% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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2000627,846The Last Census

More information can be found on the Wake County Census Page for Wake County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Wake County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Wake County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Apex   34,03120,21268.4% increase  
Garner   27,53317,75755.1% increase  
Holly Springs   21,7499,192136.6% increase  
Fuquay-Varina   17,9107,898126.8% increase  
Knightdale   10,1605,95870.5% increase  

Websites for Wake County

Official Website:   www.wakegov.com/

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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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