Population of Cities in North Carolina (2017)

0
Over 1 Million
8
100,000 to 1 Million
71
10,000 to 100,000

North Carolina has a total population of 10.2 million residents, making it the 9th most populous state in the country. The largest city by population is Charlotte, which has a population of 827,097 people. Raleigh, the state’s capital, comes in second with just over half of the numbers recorded in Charlotte: 451,066. Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington and High Point round out the remaining cities in North Carolina that boast populations of more than 100,000 inhabitants. There are also 76 cities with populations of at least 10,000 but not more than 100,000.

Incorporated municipalities in the state are classified as cities, towns and villages. Unlike other states, population, government structure, or other factors do not weigh into how these areas are classified. There is not a legal distinction between city, town, and village, and municipalities can choose which name they use. In this state, there are 532 incorporated areas that are spread across 100 counties.

North Carolina has 0 cities with more than a million people, 8 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 71 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte, with a population of 842,051 people.

Charlotte

Charlotte is the 17th largest city in the country and has been named a millennial hub and has also been one of the fastest-growing cities in America.

842,051

Raleigh

Raleigh is North Carolina's capital city.

458,880

Greensboro

This city is the largest in Guilford County and it is also the largest in the Piedmont Triad region.

287,027

Durham

This city is known for its colleges, including Duke University and North Carolina Central University.

263,016

Fayetteville

The U.S. Army's Fort Bragg is located in Fayetteville.

204,759

Cary

Cary is the second-most populous incoporated town in the country.

162,320

Wilmington

The largest domestic TV and film studio outside of California is located in this city.

117,525

High Point

High Point is known as the Furniture Capital of the World, and its semi-annual furniture market attracts over 100,000 people.

111,223

Greenville

Many professional BMX riders call this city home, earning it the nickname BMX Pro Town USA.

91,495

Name 2017 Population
Charlotte842,051
Raleigh458,880
Greensboro287,027
Durham263,016
Fayetteville204,759
Cary162,320
Wilmington117,525
High Point111,223
Greenville91,495
Concord89,891
Asheville89,121
Gastonia75,536
Jacksonville67,784
Chapel Hill59,246
Rocky Mount55,466
Huntersville54,839
Burlington52,709
Wilson49,620
Kannapolis47,839
Apex47,349
Hickory40,567
Wake Forest40,112
Indian Trail38,222
Mooresville36,543
Goldsboro35,792
Monroe34,818
Salisbury34,001
Holly Springs33,260
Matthews31,495
New Bern30,101
Sanford29,128
Garner28,776
Cornelius28,515
Thomasville27,030
Statesville26,506
Asheboro26,141
Morrisville24,732
Kernersville24,066
Lumberton21,499
Carrboro21,265
Kinston20,923
Clayton20,260
Shelby20,260
Havelock20,244
Clemmons20,079
Lexington19,105
Leland18,843
Boone18,834
Lenoir17,973
Elizabeth City17,926
Morganton16,665
Hope Mills16,227
Albemarle16,004
Pinehurst15,945
Laurinburg15,473
Eden15,376
Harrisburg15,349
Roanoke Rapids15,171
Henderson15,166
Knightdale14,794
Graham14,707
Mount Holly14,495
Waxhaw14,194
Mebane14,117
Reidsville13,977
Hendersonville13,840
Southern Pines13,782
Lewisville13,710
Spring Lake13,168
Newton13,042
Davidson12,452
Smithfield12,266
Summerfield11,033
Tarboro10,994
Kings Mountain10,797
Belmont10,784
Lincolnton10,754
Mount Airy10,347
Elon10,147
Waynesville9,958
Dunn9,873
Washington9,801
Winterville9,447
Morehead City9,402
Rockingham9,080
Oxford8,830
Clinton8,674
Pineville8,593
Siler City8,444
Black Mountain8,384
Roxboro8,348
Conover8,331
Fletcher8,079
Marion7,849
Brevard7,822
Oak Island7,722
Butner7,702
Aberdeen7,502
Forest City7,305
Mills River7,168
Kill Devil Hills7,121
Gibsonville7,029
King7,025
Rolesville6,962
Oak Ridge6,827
Wendell6,745
Trinity6,671
Selma6,589
Hillsborough6,568
Hamlet6,391
Carolina Beach6,211
Cherryville6,058
Bessemer City5,548
Nashville5,528
Whiteville5,509
Williamston5,477
Wadesboro5,467
Stokesdale5,336
Mocksville5,266
Ayden5,191
Zebulon5,159
Angier5,096
Walkertown5,021
Raeford4,998
Ahoskie4,980
Erwin4,931
Edenton4,846
Pleasant Garden4,789
Farmville4,746
Mount Olive4,740
Dallas4,734
Boiling Springs4,704
Granite Falls4,685
Newport4,684
Creedmoor4,498
Valdese4,477
Cramerton4,420
Pittsboro4,266
Canton4,252
Spindale4,248
North Wilkesboro4,235
China Grove4,216
Beaufort4,199
Tabor City4,193
Randleman4,166
Rutherfordton4,147
Elkin4,106
Burgaw4,096
Franklin3,993
Weaverville3,981
Shallotte3,970
Wallace3,938
Wingate3,915
Sunset Beach3,902
Jamestown3,814
Windsor3,769
Stanley3,735
Hudson3,725
Fairview3,708
Emerald Isle3,704
Lowell3,698
Benson3,697
Southport3,625
Plymouth3,594
Lillington3,581
Wilkesboro3,554
Louisburg3,553
Elizabethtown3,544
Midland3,501
Kitty Hawk3,473
Polkton3,444
Red Oak3,443
Red Springs3,419
Troy3,414
Maiden3,392
Flat Rock3,311
Spencer3,308
Swansboro3,173
Rural Hall3,158
Warsaw3,151
Landis3,121
Wallburg3,082
Locust3,066
Murfreesboro3,023
Pembroke3,009
Granite Quarry2,999
Mineral Springs2,945
Yadkinville2,926
Nags Head2,916
Wentworth2,748
Liberty2,689
La Grange2,682
Fairmont2,678
Grifton2,661
Marshville2,655
Sylva2,644
Tobaccoville2,609
Troutman2,576
Wrightsville Beach2,560
Mayodan2,450