10 Largest Cities in North Carolina

The largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte with a population of 905,318. Rougemont is the fastest growing city in North Carolina over the past 10 years, having grown since 2010.
Rank Name 2020 Pop 2010 Census Change Density (km²)
1Charlotte905,318738,53422.58%1,138
2Raleigh481,958406,35518.61%1,276
3Greensboro299,946269,58711.26%897
4Durham282,737230,71022.55%973
5Winston-Salem251,762230,0339.45%733
6Fayetteville205,646208,335-1.29%537
7Cary175,102137,02127.79%1,151
8Wilmington126,669106,75018.66%951
9High Point112,900104,6977.83%779
10Concord98,84279,51024.31%601
11Greenville95,18385,10911.84%1,031
12Asheville93,75883,47112.32%794
13Gastonia79,78471,71011.26%596
14Jacksonville72,92677,929-6.42%579
15Apex59,84237,88557.96%1,111
16Chapel Hill59,60657,4023.84%1,069
17Huntersville59,26046,95926.20%562
18Burlington55,72050,9599.34%722
19Rocky Mount53,52457,685-7.21%468
20Kannapolis52,14742,68522.17%617
21Wilson49,41549,2140.41%613
22Wake Forest48,04830,35458.29%1,052
23Hickory41,59540,0153.95%542
24Indian Trail41,05933,71821.77%722
25Holly Springs40,48124,93562.35%917
26Mooresville39,72534,40215.47%623
27Monroe36,18332,85710.12%461
28Salisbury34,05833,4901.70%590
29Matthews33,89127,29924.15%765
30Fuquay-Varina33,08018,21281.64%841
31Goldsboro32,25235,468-9.07%436
32Cornelius30,95024,96723.96%928
33Morrisville30,90118,75064.81%1,369
34Sanford30,61528,2338.44%407
35Garner30,56625,90218.01%742
36New Bern30,15729,5302.12%412
37Mint Hill28,17722,76723.76%450
38Statesville27,90424,54313.69%435
39Thomasville26,33126,783-1.69%606
40Asheboro25,75825,4451.23%528
41Clayton25,53216,28056.83%651
42Kernersville25,28123,1339.29%549
43Leland24,17014,03072.27%471
44Carrboro21,86419,58311.65%1,304
45Clemmons21,16918,68513.29%688
46Havelock20,60221,093-2.33%466
47Lumberton20,45421,545-5.06%446
48Boone20,25417,11718.33%1,240
49Shelby20,03820,316-1.37%347
50Kinston19,64321,732-9.61%412
51Knightdale19,58311,52569.92%1,014
52Lexington18,66918,918-1.32%401
53Waxhaw18,1239,94882.18%585
54Lenoir17,97218,216-1.34%336
55Elizabeth City17,52618,680-6.18%579
56Mebane17,49911,45952.71%693
57Pinehurst16,95614,79314.62%392
58Harrisburg16,88913,37926.24%578
59Mount Holly16,84313,65823.32%599
60Morganton16,77716,806-0.17%337
61Stallings16,46813,81119.24%763
62Albemarle16,41415,8833.34%364
63Hope Mills16,08215,1985.82%838
64Murraysville15,83114,21511.37%710
65Graham15,46414,3217.98%611
66Southern Pines15,02912,44620.75%340
67Laurinburg14,82115,904-6.81%457
68Henderson14,73015,370-4.16%668
69Eden14,50415,672-7.45%394
70Hendersonville14,50313,13210.44%770
71Lewisville14,41112,75013.03%387
72Roanoke Rapids14,10315,672-10.01%549
73Piney Green14,06113,2935.78%399
74Reidsville14,03714,452-2.87%369
75Davidson13,39310,94122.41%867
76Newton13,31912,9422.91%373
77Belmont13,31510,22930.17%425
78Smithfield13,23511,08919.35%429
79Elon12,1059,39528.85%1,176
80Summerfield11,48210,26311.88%168
81Archdale11,47011,4430.24%505
82Weddington11,3379,52219.06%250
83Lincolnton11,24910,3498.70%502
84Spring Lake11,24311,571-2.83%184
85Kings Mountain11,07910,6833.71%319
86Tarboro10,89611,503-5.28%364
87Myrtle Grove10,5638,87519.02%608
88Mount Airy10,28810,406-1.13%340
89Winterville10,2779,25311.07%857
90Waynesville10,2769,8474.36%449
91Dunn9,7149,3324.09%549
92Morehead City9,6808,68511.46%508
93Rolesville9,4033,813146.60%745
94Washington9,3269,851-5.33%440
95Wesley Chapel9,3087,70520.80%374
96St. Stephens9,2548,7595.65%381
97Pineville9,2257,50822.87%536
98Kings Grant9,0518,11311.56%770
99Oxford8,9718,4626.02%556
100Wendell8,8555,87750.67%620
101Fletcher8,6057,22519.10%520
102Conover8,5488,1934.33%299
103Clinton8,5358,669-1.55%434
104Rockingham8,5269,526-10.50%431
105Oak Island8,4886,81824.49%176
106Roxboro8,3218,337-0.19%457
107Lake Norman of Catawba8,2417,41111.20%132
108Siler City8,2137,9513.30%527
109Marion8,1598,1530.07%538
110Black Mountain8,1507,8433.91%470
111Brevard8,0287,6824.50%579
112Aberdeen8,0286,38425.75%306
113Butner8,0007,6115.11%220
114Porters Neck7,8026,20425.76%557
115Ogden7,6926,76613.69%655
116Half Moon7,6698,352-8.18%399
117Mills River7,5896,74112.58%131
118Hillsborough7,4956,61713.27%515
119Gibsonville7,4276,51713.96%793
120Etowah7,4206,9446.85%162
121Kill Devil Hills7,3446,6969.68%505
122Unionville7,2976,17318.21%96
123Selma7,2336,13317.94%582
124Forest City7,1677,457-3.89%323
125Oak Ridge7,1096,29812.88%167
126King6,9136,8700.63%450
127Marvin6,8325,59622.09%441
128Woodfin6,7306,1788.93%289
129Trinity6,6296,6170.18%152
130Carolina Beach6,4925,72413.42%1,022
131St. James6,4633,195102.28%274
132Boiling Spring Lakes6,3995,38818.76%106
133Silver Lake6,3305,59813.08%991
134Hamlet6,3186,566-3.78%467
135Cullowhee6,1396,228-1.43%658
136Cherryville6,0825,7435.90%425
137Zebulon5,8624,47530.99%486
138Hampstead5,7174,08340.02%109
139James City5,6845,899-3.64%285
140Bessemer City5,6095,3285.27%416
141Stokesdale5,5605,04810.14%113
142Nashville5,5595,592-0.59%457
143Angier5,3774,45420.72%671
144Mocksville5,3655,0526.20%268
145Walkertown5,2944,72212.11%305
146Jamestown5,2623,47151.60%679
147Archer Lodge5,2544,28522.61%224
148Whiteville5,2425,359-2.18%366
149Wrightsboro5,2334,8966.88%182
150Wingate5,2263,47550.39%1,068
151Wadesboro5,2255,789-9.74%306
152Sawmills5,2185,221-0.06%304
153Erwin5,1984,55014.24%476
154Ayden5,1025,0181.67%513
155Williamston5,0935,741-11.29%448
156Raeford5,0504,6648.28%455
157East Flat Rock5,0364,9950.82%453
158Pleasant Garden4,9974,50410.95%128
159Long View4,9854,8842.07%481
160Midway4,9834,7345.26%247
161Royal Pines4,9214,27215.19%700
162Carolina Shores4,8443,38643.06%699
163Dallas4,8284,4678.08%645
164Creedmoor4,7204,12714.37%341
165Shallotte4,7053,51134.01%197
166Bayshore4,6963,39338.40%770
167Ahoskie4,6955,041-6.86%417
168Farmville4,6494,665-0.34%532
169Granite Falls4,6384,695-1.21%342
170Mount Olive4,5724,619-1.02%643
171Newport4,5594,14410.01%231
172Edenton4,5444,979-8.74%327
173Cramerton4,4884,1777.45%451
174Pittsboro4,4813,75119.46%357
175Boiling Springs4,4814,625-3.11%386
176Valdese4,4784,4590.43%220
177Canton4,4204,1975.31%459
178Seven Lakes4,4044,888-9.90%203
179Beaufort4,4034,1865.18%351
180Tabor City4,3804,0129.17%503
181North Wilkesboro4,3394,2701.62%253
182Swannanoa4,2884,576-6.29%259
183Welcome4,2744,1622.69%177
184China Grove4,2634,1552.60%465
185Spindale4,2494,327-1.80%306
186Burgaw4,2283,8629.48%348
187Franklin4,1303,8866.28%326
188Rutherfordton4,1204,147-0.65%386
189Westport4,1194,0262.31%433
190Randleman4,1134,120-0.17%391
191Brices Creek4,0783,07332.70%201
192Weaverville4,0583,67610.39%408
193Sunset Beach4,0523,57113.47%231
194Bethlehem4,0524,214-3.84%205
195Elkin4,0364,0240.30%230
196Southport4,0302,91438.30%394
197Trent Woods3,9994,171-4.12%519
198Gamewell3,9924,042-1.24%190
199Fairview3,9703,35818.23%51
200Benson3,9683,32119.48%547
201Lake Park3,9353,43714.49%2,067
202Tyro3,9033,8790.62%117
203Midland3,8763,08325.72%142
204Mountain Home3,8513,6226.32%394
205Wallace3,8413,900-1.51%483
206Stanley3,8063,5367.64%545
207Lowell3,7363,5285.90%531
208Hudson3,7253,769-1.17%385
209Eastover3,7223,6372.34%127
210Elroy3,7193,869-3.88%220
211Moyock3,7173,759-1.12%138
212Mountain View3,7153,5524.59%307
213Emerald Isle3,7003,6700.82%290
214Ranlo3,6883,4397.24%784
215Forest Oaks3,6833,890-5.32%296
216Northchase3,6783,747-1.84%825
217Lillington3,6543,20314.08%306
218Rockfish3,6193,2989.73%282
219Kitty Hawk3,6143,27610.32%172
220Dana3,5853,3297.69%155
221Louisburg3,5733,4254.32%497
222Wilkesboro3,4823,555-2.05%214
223Maiden3,4793,3344.35%243
224Flat Rock3,4663,12111.05%165
225Red Oak3,4623,4201.23%68
226Troy3,4553,488-0.95%368
227Whispering Pines3,4392,96116.14%359
228Swansboro3,4372,69227.67%589
229Elizabethtown3,4253,648-6.11%284
230Windsor3,4033,614-5.84%467
231Plymouth3,3733,849-12.37%323
232River Road3,3524,394-23.71%183
233Rural Hall3,3062,94012.45%448
234Mar-Mac3,2903,615-8.99%279
235East Rockingham3,2893,736-11.96%371
236Locust3,2872,92612.34%156
237Red Springs3,2853,486-5.77%362
238Spencer3,2633,2620.03%411
239Denver3,1712,30937.33%207
240Mineral Springs3,1672,66119.02%149
241Landis3,1653,0822.69%350
242Wallburg3,1462,9965.01%217
243Warsaw3,0773,117-1.28%379
244Lake Junaluska3,0572,73411.81%221
245Granite Quarry3,0362,9552.74%408
246Lowesville3,0342,9453.02%172
247Glen Raven3,0282,75010.11%334
248River Bend3,0133,121-3.46%463
249Nags Head2,9982,7628.54%176
250Enochville2,9902,9252.22%257
251Fairview2,9682,67810.83%184
252Southern Shores2,9612,7198.90%290
253Pembroke2,9573,056-3.24%359
254Murfreesboro2,9572,8214.82%510
255Fairfield Harbour2,8872,952-2.20%387
256Lake Royale2,8842,50615.08%171
257Yadkinville2,8812,976-3.19%391
258Holly Ridge2,8601,317117.16%276
259Sylva2,8302,5879.39%345
260Wilson's Mills2,8212,28423.51%210
261Troutman2,8122,45714.45%192
262Sneads Ferry2,7972,6465.71%285
263Marshville2,7822,44213.92%516
264Fearrington Village2,7802,33918.85%601
265Tobaccoville2,7562,44212.86%139
266Cajah's Mountain2,7442,774-1.08%311
267Bermuda Run2,6882,5097.13%448
268Wentworth2,6762,779-3.71%73
269Grifton2,6602,6201.53%500
270Liberty2,6502,659-0.34%327
271Surf City2,5831,92134.46%132
272Skippers Corner2,5832,785-7.25%143
273La Grange2,5802,820-8.51%432
274Carthage2,5692,29411.99%149
275Fairmont2,5672,692-4.64%362
276Haw River2,5652,29811.62%343
277Wrightsville Beach2,5322,4762.26%702
278Polkton2,5233,350-24.69%319
279Coats2,5222,12418.74%689
280Edneyville2,4782,3674.69%89
281Norwood2,4752,3794.04%211
282Icard2,4682,664-7.36%249
283Buies Creek2,4502,942-16.72%412
284Broad Creek2,4402,3344.54%303
285Fruitland2,4072,03118.51%116
286Laurel Park2,3792,15910.19%328
287Green Level2,3632,11011.99%608
288Horse Shoe2,3622,3510.47%122
289Navassa2,3411,48457.75%68
290Brogden2,3372,633-11.24%407
291Maxton2,3342,442-4.42%333
292Mayodan2,3332,477-5.81%313
293Mulberry2,3272,332-0.21%176
294Avery Creek2,3071,95018.31%514
295Stony Point2,3011,31774.72%298
296St. Pauls2,2962,403-4.45%586
297South Rosemary2,2882,836-19.32%144
298Franklinton2,2652,02112.07%546
299Calabash2,2651,78926.61%262
300Enfield2,2642,532-10.58%718
301Four Oaks2,2301,93915.01%376
302Jonesville2,2012,286-3.72%295
303Rockwell2,1732,1172.65%490
304Fairplains2,1722,1202.45%199
305Cherokee2,1632,1381.17%69
306Valley Hill2,1482,0703.77%358
307Taylorsville2,1402,0872.54%345
308Spruce Pine2,1282,230-4.57%175
309Hertford2,1232,145-1.03%287
310Kure Beach2,0982,0154.12%920
311Belville2,0951,9407.99%483
312Pine Level2,0701,70021.76%465
313Cape Carteret2,0671,9983.45%316
314Madison2,0662,240-7.77%225
315Mount Pleasant2,0421,65623.31%238
316Hildebran2,0322,0130.94%277
317Sharpsburg2,0262,0260.00%770
318Moravian Falls1,9971,9015.05%153
319Badin1,9851,9740.56%423
320Mars Hill1,9621,8694.98%379
321Yanceyville1,9582,085-6.09%137
322Cricket1,9441,8554.80%211
323Oakboro1,9321,8564.09%302
324Princeville1,8952,091-9.37%484
325Salem1,8722,218-15.60%168
326Cordova1,8621,7754.90%337
327Sea Breeze1,8611,969-5.49%385
328Drexel1,8491,870-1.12%517
329Andrews1,8471,7863.42%420
330Wanchese1,8321,64211.57%152
331Hemby Bridge1,8231,54318.15%307
332Scotland Neck1,8222,040-10.69%592
333Sparta1,7831,7641.08%293
334Rocky Point1,7721,60210.61%99
335Biscoe1,7241,758-1.93%247
336Richlands1,7181,50813.93%406
337Pumpkin Center1,7082,222-23.13%521
338Denton1,6981,6373.73%313
339Chadbourn1,6921,832-7.64%251
340Ramseur1,6841,699-0.88%326
341Murphy1,6661,6272.40%252
342Connelly Springs1,6631,6470.97%129
343Millers Creek1,6612,112-21.35%143
344Plain View1,6571,961-15.50%38
345Burnsville1,6471,693-2.72%403
346Pinebluff1,6431,30725.71%242
347Tryon1,6201,635-0.92%313
348Foscoe1,6161,37017.96%108
349Kenly1,6151,35019.63%358
350Bladenboro1,6141,748-7.67%281
351Bethel1,6091,5811.77%586
352Rose Hill1,5971,627-1.84%429
353Northlakes1,5861,5343.39%409
354East Spencer1,5691,5421.75%381
355Stanfield1,5671,4905.17%136
356Jefferson1,5671,603-2.25%291
357Belhaven1,5601,691-7.75%379
358Dobson1,5541,586-2.02%299
359Atlantic Beach1,5111,4990.80%249
360Glen Alpine1,4961,497-0.07%269
361Snow Hill1,4921,598-6.63%374
362Manteo1,4921,32212.86%304
363Bent Creek1,4741,28714.53%258
364Bryson City1,4661,4252.88%259
365Princeton1,4431,19221.06%489
366Weldon1,4401,643-12.36%195
367Pilot Mountain1,4281,473-3.05%271
368Biltmore Forest1,4271,3456.10%189
369Claremont1,4231,3574.86%185
370Toast1,4101,450-2.76%359
371Swepsonville1,4061,17020.17%380
372Balfour1,4061,18718.45%334
373Lake Waccamaw1,4051,467-4.23%195
374West Marion1,4031,3484.08%363
375Youngsville1,3961,15720.66%310
376Barker Heights1,3811,25410.13%534
377Neuse Forest1,3772,005-31.32%168
378Blowing Rock1,3671,2439.98%175
379Harkers Island1,3611,20712.76%234
380Saxapahaw1,3551,648-17.78%101
381Maury1,3491,685-19.94%495
382Walnut Cove1,3471,422-5.27%208
383Clyde1,3311,2268.56%592
384West Jefferson1,3271,332-0.38%233
385Pine Knoll Shores1,3261,343-1.27%232
386Rutherford College1,3221,3170.38%222
387Robersonville1,3191,487-11.30%416
388Buxton1,3191,2733.61%172
389Broadway1,3191,2099.10%394
390Spring Hope1,3151,321-0.45%336
391Cedar Point1,3081,2544.31%227
392Hays1,3041,851-29.55%82
393Elm City1,2961,301-0.38%646
394Beulaville1,2851,299-1.08%327
395Light Oak1,27469184.37%342
396West Canton1,2571,2470.80%353
397Flat Rock1,2571,556-19.22%186
398Fremont1,2491,274-1.96%356
399Maggie Valley1,2481,1419.38%147
400Robbins1,2401,12010.71%301
401Bayboro1,2301,260-2.38%256
402Stoneville1,2271,290-4.88%331
403Vander1,2181,1466.28%127
404Pinetops1,2141,376-11.77%467
405Franklinville1,1811,1691.03%281
406Roseboro1,1751,193-1.51%375
407Lake Lure1,1601,168-0.68%34
408White Plains1,1501,0747.08%111
409Boonville1,1481,192-3.69%370
410Mount Gilead1,1421,179-3.14%126
411Lucama1,1411,1350.53%710
412Laurel Hill1,0961,254-12.60%177
413Banner Elk1,0871,0206.57%219
414Stedman1,0701,0284.09%199
415Cove Creek1,0581,171-9.65%48
416Alamance1,05895710.55%514
417Foxfire1,05191414.99%58
418Norlina1,0501,122-6.42%364
419Rhodhiss1,0271,041-1.34%335
420Castle Hayne1,0231,202-14.89%83
421Mamers1,01682623.00%65
422Pinnacle1,01089412.98%108
423Columbus1,0099981.10%110
424Gaston1,0021,148-12.72%229
425Highlands9899316.23%62
426Rowland9881,039-4.91%363
427Cooleemee9869622.49%506
428Hoopers Creek9841,056-6.82%55
429Southmont9781,470-33.47%83
430Ellerbe9751,022-4.60%286
431Germanton96782716.93%213
432Dortches9659600.52%46
433Vanceboro9621,004-4.18%217
434Maysville9601,023-6.16%433
435Brunswick9591,007-4.77%618
436South Henderson9561,213-21.19%200
437Belwood9519480.32%30
438Faison947962-1.56%466
439Magnolia939947-0.84%336
440Barker Ten Mile939952-1.37%159
441Marshall9298756.17%95
442Old Fort9259071.98%293
443Montreat92472227.98%131
444Advance9241,138-18.80%50
445Silver City9128823.40%236
446Manns Harbor90782110.48%86
447Gorman9061,011-10.39%122
448Garysburg9061,051-13.80%371
449McLeansville8971,021-12.14%56
450Five Points89668930.04%42
451Cleveland8938712.53%207
452South Weldon87870524.54%779
453Fair Bluff871947-8.03%143
454Taylortown86977611.98%254
455Prospect858981-12.54%84
456Walnut Creek8568510.59%155
457Pleasant Hill851878-3.08%127
458Kenansville847855-0.94%154
459Star844874-3.43%252
460Rich Square843956-11.82%105
461Warrenton841895-6.03%302
462Caroleen84165228.99%293
463Oriental837899-6.90%226
464Ellenboro833846-1.54%254
465Dobbins Heights833864-3.59%365
466Middlesex8278190.98%306
467Candor814839-2.98%155
468Faith8097912.28%291
469Vass80771313.18%97
470Woodlawn804900-10.67%94
471Columbia786857-8.28%252
472Northwest7847297.54%43
473Chocowinity7837830.00%300
474Stantonsburg782786-0.51%513
475Hightsville7777395.14%206
476Black Creek7747670.91%417
477White Lake770816-5.64%290
478Wagram769838-8.23%204
479Aulander769896-14.17%201
480Misenheimer7677285.36%165
481Red Cross7657373.80%83
482High Shoals7527027.12%112
483Alliance752778-3.34%139
484North Topsail Beach7517450.81%47
485Iron Station743755-1.59%122
486Hollister7406749.79%73
487Camden74059923.54%181
488Jackson Heights7391,141-35.23%196
489Clarkton737841-12.37%228
490Moncure7327112.95%60
491Peletier7237013.14%77
492Conway720831-13.36%152
493Winton717769-6.76%342
494Stokes71637690.43%62
495Riegelwood71257922.97%89
496Bogue7106883.20%100
497Efland709734-3.41%154
498Grover705707-0.28%285
499Whitakers696745-6.58%327
500Rougemont695978-28.94%43

Top 500 Cities in North Carolina by Population

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.

Map of Cities in North Carolina

  1. US Census Annual Estimates - 2020 Estimates Calculated via Linear Projection of Previous Estimates