Wake towns lead in population growth

05/22/2014 7:02 AM

02/15/2015 11:22 AM

Six of the 10 fastest-growing towns in North Carolina in recent years are in Wake County, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Knightdale and Wake Forest have all seen their populations grow by more than 14 percent in the three years ending July 1, 2013. Apex and Cary have grown by 10 percent, bringing Cary’s population to more than 150,000.

Wake County’s overall population has exceeded 975,000 and is expected to top 1 million sometime in the next year.

The Triangle’s two largest cities are still adding population at a healthy clip. Raleigh’s population grew 6.3 percent since 2010, to 431,746, while Durham grew 7.1 percent to 245,475.

Charlotte, the state’s largest city, added 54,000 residents in the three years ending last July, bringing its population to an estimated 792,862. Charlotte is now the 16th most populous city in the country.

Dozens of small North Carolina towns and some cities have lost population, including Jacksonville, Elizabeth City and Rocky Mount.

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