Population of Cities in North Carolina (2019)

0
Over 1 Million
9
100,000 to 1 Million
78
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, 9 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 78 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte, with a population of 889,019 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.

889,019

Raleigh

Raleigh is North Carolina's capital city.

485,679

Greensboro

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

292,265

Durham

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

279,501

Winston-Salem

This city -- once named one of the best places to retire -- is known for theater and tech research.

247,222

Fayetteville

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

208,254

Cary

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

170,330

Wilmington

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

123,432

High Point

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

113,791

Greenville

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

93,184

Name 2019 Population
Charlotte889,019
Raleigh485,679
Greensboro292,265
Durham279,501
Winston-Salem247,222
Fayetteville208,254
Cary170,330
Wilmington123,432
High Point113,791
Concord96,635
Greenville93,184
Asheville91,587
Gastonia78,647
Jacksonville66,479
Huntersville61,484
Chapel Hill59,738
Rocky Mount55,241
Burlington53,858
Apex52,980
Kannapolis51,622
Wilson49,356
Wake Forest46,133
Indian Trail41,945
Hickory41,044
Holly Springs39,035
Mooresville38,358
Monroe35,784
Goldsboro35,579
Salisbury34,538
Matthews33,685
Fuquay-Varina31,691
Garner31,050
New Bern30,716
Cornelius29,976
Sanford29,485
Mint Hill28,327
Statesville27,541
Morrisville27,159
Thomasville27,039
Asheboro26,474
Kernersville25,041
Clayton23,236
Carrboro21,706
Leland21,573
Lumberton21,034
Clemmons20,883
Boone20,517
Shelby20,431
Havelock19,884
Kinston19,576
Lexington18,940
Lenoir18,279
Elizabeth City18,097
Harrisburg16,915
Morganton16,716
Pinehurst16,482
Knightdale16,453
Hope Mills16,362
Waxhaw16,354
Albemarle16,046
Stallings15,972
Laurinburg15,542
Mebane15,464
Mount Holly15,449
Eden15,322
Graham15,001
Henderson14,893
Roanoke Rapids14,634
Southern Pines14,529
Lewisville14,271
Hendersonville14,113
Reidsville13,713
Davidson13,175
Newton13,126
Spring Lake13,120
Smithfield13,109
Archdale11,802
Summerfield11,501
Belmont11,366
Weddington11,092
Kings Mountain10,893
Lincolnton10,886
Elon10,651
Tarboro10,520
Mount Airy10,425
Waynesville10,366
Dunn10,218
Fletcher9,657
Morehead City9,600
Washington9,600
Winterville9,390
Wesley Chapel9,256
Pineville9,181
Oxford9,067
Rolesville9,062
Black Mountain8,705
Rockingham8,624
Siler City8,558
Conover8,460
Roxboro8,417
Oak Island8,373
Clinton8,335
Wendell8,158
Marion8,152
Aberdeen7,961
Brevard7,927
Gibsonville7,782
Butner7,573
Mills River7,402
Kill Devil Hills7,352
Oak Ridge7,310
Selma7,177
Forest City7,170
Marvin7,016
King6,926
Hillsborough6,808
Unionville6,717
Trinity6,716
Woodfin6,635
St. James6,520
Carolina Beach6,460
Cherryville6,400
Boiling Spring Lakes6,359
Hamlet6,163
Zebulon5,777
Mocksville5,644
Bessemer City5,602
Nashville5,570
Angier5,525
Williamston5,402
Stokesdale5,342
Wadesboro5,302
Whiteville5,299
Raeford5,280
Ahoskie5,271
Ayden5,230
Walkertown5,204
Erwin5,177
Archer Lodge5,151
Sawmills5,119
Dallas5,013
Pleasant Garden4,999
Long View4,906
Edenton4,870
Granite Falls4,748
Boiling Springs4,743
Creedmoor4,738
Midway4,731
Farmville4,701
Mount Olive4,671
Cramerton4,669
Newport4,630
Carolina Shores4,618
Valdese4,525
Pittsboro4,521
Canton4,375
China Grove4,339
Elkin4,274
North Wilkesboro4,232
Randleman4,229
Shallotte4,222
Sunset Beach4,208
Spindale4,191
Beaufort4,160
Weaverville4,128
Southport4,123
Tabor City4,103
Rutherfordton4,096
Trent Woods4,092
Franklin4,068
Burgaw4,066
Wingate4,020
Benson4,018
Lillington3,959
Stanley3,942
Jamestown3,934
Wallace3,929
Gamewell3,913
Midland3,873
Lowell3,851
Ranlo3,829
Eastover3,794
Fairview3,792
Lake Park3,741
Hudson3,737
Whispering Pines3,687
Emerald Isle3,638
Wilkesboro3,593
Windsor3,577
Kitty Hawk3,569
Louisburg3,541
Red Oak3,503
Elizabethtown3,436
Plymouth3,435
Maiden3,425
Polkton3,402
Locust3,375
Spencer3,362
Red Springs3,344
Troy3,333