Population of Cities in North Carolina (2019)

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.

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Over 1 Million
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100,000 to 1 Million
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10,000 to 100,000

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