10 Largest Cities in North Carolina

The largest city in North Carolina is Charlotte, with a population of 912,096. Holly Ridge is the fastest growing city in North Carolina over the past 10 years, having grown 148.75% since 2010.

Rank Name 2021 Pop. 2010 Census Change Density (mi²) Area (mi²)
1Charlotte912,096738,44423.52%2,969307.24
2Raleigh483,579406,35319.00%3,315145.89
3Greensboro301,094269,59811.68%2,333129.07
4Durham287,865230,72724.76%2,565112.22
5Winston-Salem250,765230,0229.02%1,891132.61
6Fayetteville213,475208,3372.47%1,444147.85
7Cary174,762137,08627.48%2,97658.73
8Wilmington126,000106,75418.03%2,45151.40
9High Point114,227104,7109.09%2,04055.98
10Concord100,63979,57126.48%1,58563.50
11Greenville94,82285,09611.43%2,66135.63
12Asheville93,35083,45911.85%2,04845.57
13Gastonia78,04971,7078.84%1,51151.65
14Jacksonville71,75878,089-8.11%1,47548.65
15Apex70,18237,99184.73%3,37320.80
16Chapel Hill65,41957,40613.96%3,03921.53
17Huntersville59,87047,10327.10%1,47040.73
18Burlington55,99651,1729.43%1,87929.80
19Rocky Mount53,30257,680-7.59%1,20644.19
20Kannapolis52,98342,69924.08%1,62532.61
21Wilson49,81949,2221.21%1,60131.11
22Wake Forest48,84130,39060.71%2,77117.63
23Hickory41,54740,0343.78%1,40229.64
24Indian Trail41,52433,76222.99%1,89021.97
25Mooresville40,60034,43617.90%1,65024.61
26Holly Springs40,05024,96460.43%2,35017.04
27Monroe35,79032,9868.50%1,18030.32
28Salisbury34,30433,4812.46%1,53922.29
29Matthews34,14027,29825.06%1,99517.11
30Goldsboro33,90635,438-4.32%1,18828.55
31Garner33,29125,89328.57%2,09415.90
32Fuquay-Varina32,69818,22579.41%2,15215.19
33Morrisville31,67018,74568.95%3,6338.72
34Cornelius31,21125,00924.80%2,42412.88
35Sanford30,59328,2328.36%1,05329.06
36New Bern29,96229,5301.46%1,05928.28
37Clayton28,84316,31676.78%1,90515.14
38Statesville28,49424,56216.01%1,15224.74
39Mint Hill28,44322,81824.65%1,17724.16
40Leland26,98413,90594.06%1,36319.80
41Thomasville26,72726,810-0.31%1,59316.77
42Asheboro26,18625,4622.84%1,38918.85
43Kernersville24,49623,1395.86%1,37817.78
44Clemmons21,53718,68315.28%1,81311.88
45Carrboro21,13019,5857.89%3,2636.47
46Kinston20,03521,729-7.80%1,09018.39
47Shelby20,02620,317-1.43%89822.31
48Lumberton19,97221,543-7.29%1,12717.73
49Boone19,96517,11116.68%3,1656.31
50Havelock19,62821,093-6.95%1,14917.08
51Waxhaw19,0999,95791.81%1,59711.96
52Lexington18,97318,9340.21%1,05517.98
53Knightdale18,76111,52562.79%2,5167.46
54Lenoir17,93318,216-1.55%86820.66
55Elizabeth City17,90518,683-4.16%1,53211.69
56Mebane17,47211,55451.22%1,7939.74
57Harrisburg17,33013,47528.61%1,53711.28
58Pinehurst17,22414,79216.44%1,03216.69
59Graham16,80814,32717.32%1,7219.77
60Stallings16,64513,82120.43%1,9978.34
61Morganton16,63116,825-1.15%86419.24
62Mount Holly16,55113,66021.16%1,52510.86
63Murraysville16,54214,21516.37%1,9208.61
64Albemarle16,53815,8834.12%94917.43
65Hope Mills15,98915,1985.20%2,1597.41
66Southern Pines15,37112,45923.37%90217.05
67Laurinburg15,02415,903-5.53%1,19912.53
68Eden14,86615,695-5.28%1,04714.20
69Henderson14,78715,370-3.79%1,7378.51
70Lewisville14,68012,75015.14%1,02114.38
71Hendersonville14,35113,1409.22%1,9727.28
72Reidsville13,98314,454-3.26%95214.69
73Roanoke Rapids13,97215,666-10.81%1,4099.91
74Piney Green13,74113,2933.37%1,00913.62
75Smithfield13,58711,09222.49%1,14011.92
76Davidson13,40410,94122.51%2,2465.97
77Newton13,29112,9402.71%96513.78
78Belmont12,75010,23324.60%1,05312.11
79Elon12,4349,39432.36%3,1293.97
80Spring Lake12,05711,5724.19%51223.53
81Lincolnton11,67810,33712.97%1,3508.65
82Summerfield11,67610,26513.75%44226.39
83Archdale11,54711,4440.90%1,3178.77
84Weddington11,5329,57320.46%65817.53
85Kings Mountain11,10410,6873.90%82713.42
86Myrtle Grove10,7538,87521.16%1,6036.71
87Tarboro10,48911,527-9.00%90711.56
88Waynesville10,2379,8483.95%1,1598.83
89Wendell10,1355,87772.45%1,8395.51
90Mount Airy10,12410,407-2.72%86611.69
91Winterville10,0959,2549.09%2,1804.63
92Dunn9,7489,3274.51%1,4266.84
93Morehead City9,6358,68510.94%1,3107.35
94Wesley Chapel9,5877,86221.94%9999.60
95Washington9,4439,850-4.13%1,1538.19
96St. Stephens9,4088,7597.41%1,0049.37
97Rolesville9,3593,811145.58%1,9224.87
98Pineville9,2987,51823.68%1,4006.64
99Oxford8,9968,4676.25%1,4446.23
100Oak Island8,9726,82031.55%48118.65
101Kings Grant8,6478,1136.58%1,9054.54
102Conover8,6308,3013.96%78311.03
103Aberdeen8,5446,38933.73%84310.14
104Fletcher8,4977,22517.61%1,3306.39
105Siler City8,4697,8547.83%1,4086.01
106Clinton8,4648,666-2.33%1,1157.59
107Rockingham8,4379,529-11.46%1,1047.64
108Ogden8,4086,76624.27%1,8544.53
109Roxboro8,3158,352-0.44%1,1837.03
110Half Moon8,2438,352-1.31%1,1117.42
111Black Mountain8,2047,8504.51%1,2266.69
112Lake Norman of Catawba8,1967,41110.59%34024.14
113Brevard8,0047,6774.26%1,4965.35
114Butner7,9857,6114.91%56914.03
115Marion7,8898,168-3.42%1,3475.86
116Etowah7,6536,94410.21%43317.66
117Gibsonville7,5516,51315.94%2,0893.61
118Porters Neck7,5386,20421.50%1,3935.41
119Mills River7,5326,73711.80%33822.31
120Kill Devil Hills7,5276,70012.34%1,3405.62
121Selma7,4616,13621.59%1,5544.80
122Unionville7,4236,17020.31%25429.22
123Oak Ridge7,2316,31514.51%44016.44
124Forest City7,1807,459-3.74%8388.57
125Hillsborough7,1196,6077.75%1,2675.62
126St. James7,0423,196120.34%7739.11
127Marvin7,0045,68823.14%1,1705.99
128Woodfin6,8396,2838.85%7599.01
129King6,8216,868-0.68%1,1515.93
130Trinity6,6226,6060.24%39216.87
131Boiling Spring Lakes6,5775,38622.11%28323.27
132Carolina Beach6,4895,72413.36%2,6462.45
133Zebulon6,4854,47744.85%1,3934.66
134Silver Lake6,4765,59815.68%2,6262.47
135Cullowhee6,3776,2282.39%1,7693.60
136Hamlet6,3266,565-3.64%1,2115.22
137Cherryville6,1825,7397.72%1,1205.52
138Hampstead5,9014,08344.53%29220.24
139Bessemer City5,6855,3286.70%1,0935.20
140East Flat Rock5,6474,99513.05%1,3174.29
141Stokesdale5,6315,04611.59%29619.02
142Angier5,6174,46025.94%1,8163.09
143Nashville5,6025,5960.11%1,1944.69
144Archer Lodge5,4294,28226.79%5999.07
145Walkertown5,4044,73514.13%8076.70
146James City5,3545,899-9.24%6947.71
147Mocksville5,3105,0604.94%6867.74
148Erwin5,2704,56115.54%1,2504.22
149Wadesboro5,2495,793-9.39%7966.59
150Whiteville5,2215,359-2.58%9435.53
151Sawmills5,2135,221-0.15%7886.62
152Carolina Shores5,1953,38553.47%1,9422.67
153Ayden5,1635,0182.89%1,3443.84
154Williamston5,0805,742-11.53%1,1564.39
155Pleasant Garden5,0564,50412.26%33715.02
156Midway5,0084,7345.79%6427.80
157Long View4,9664,8761.85%1,2404.00
158Raeford4,9484,6646.09%1,1554.28
159Farmville4,9304,6655.68%1,4623.37
160Seven Lakes4,9034,8880.31%5858.39
161Dallas4,8934,4699.49%1,6922.89
162Royal Pines4,7594,27211.40%1,7542.71
163Wingate4,6843,47734.71%2,4801.89
164Creedmoor4,6764,13013.22%8755.35
165Granite Falls4,6714,703-0.68%8935.23
166Ahoskie4,6595,047-7.69%1,0714.35
167Newport4,6014,14211.08%6047.61
168Jamestown4,5813,46532.21%1,5302.99
169Boiling Springs4,5694,644-1.61%1,0204.48
170Beaufort4,5604,2018.55%9404.85
171Cramerton4,5464,1768.86%1,1843.84
172Wrightsboro4,5254,896-7.58%40611.13
173Mount Olive4,5204,624-2.25%1,6452.75
175Pittsboro4,5163,76819.85%9324.85
174Edenton4,5164,978-9.28%8415.37
176Shallotte4,5033,50728.40%4899.21
177Bayshore4,4963,39332.51%1,9092.35
178Valdese4,4104,455-1.01%5617.86
179Canton4,3934,1974.67%1,1813.72
180Brices Creek4,3423,07341.30%5537.85
181China Grove4,2604,1552.53%1,2043.54
182Franklin4,2393,8849.14%8664.90
183Burgaw4,2313,8639.53%9024.69
184Bethlehem4,2274,2140.31%5547.63
185Spindale4,2184,297-1.84%7875.36
186Moyock4,2103,75912.00%40310.43
187Sunset Beach4,1973,57617.37%6216.76
188Southport4,1762,92842.62%1,0563.95
189Mountain Home4,1733,62215.21%1,1073.77
190North Wilkesboro4,1544,273-2.78%6266.63
191Tabor City4,1354,0123.07%1,2303.36
192Swannanoa4,1274,576-9.81%6476.38
193Randleman4,1234,1200.07%1,0154.06
194Westport4,1174,0262.26%1,1213.67
195Forest Oaks4,1083,8905.60%8564.80
196Rutherfordton4,1074,183-1.82%9974.12
197Weaverville4,1033,70210.83%1,0683.84
198Benson4,0783,32322.72%1,4552.80
199Lake Park4,0313,43817.25%5,4840.73
200Fairview4,0223,35819.77%13429.98
201Gamewell4,0204,042-0.54%4958.12
202Trent Woods4,0014,171-4.08%1,3462.97
203Midland3,9773,10128.25%37710.56
204Elkin3,9714,027-1.39%5876.77
205Tyro3,9543,8791.93%30812.85
206Elroy3,9493,8692.07%6046.54
207Dana3,9193,32917.72%4408.90
208Eastover3,8403,6385.55%33911.33
209Stanley3,8323,5338.46%1,4212.70
210River Road3,8264,394-12.93%5407.09
211Wallace3,8193,900-2.08%1,2443.07
212Welcome3,8044,162-8.60%4089.31
213Louisburg3,7913,42510.69%1,3662.78
214Lowell3,7883,5237.52%1,3942.72
215Ranlo3,7403,4458.56%2,0611.81
217Lillington3,7153,21215.66%8054.61
216Hudson3,7153,767-1.38%9953.73
218Mountain View3,7013,5524.19%7924.67
219Emerald Isle3,6753,6710.11%7464.92
220Kitty Hawk3,6553,27211.71%4518.11
221Northchase3,6143,747-3.55%2,1011.72
222Rockfish3,5233,2986.82%7124.95
223Whispering Pines3,5092,96618.31%9493.70
224Red Oak3,5083,4202.57%18019.53
225Glen Raven3,4952,75027.09%9973.50
226Lake Royale3,4852,50639.07%5356.51
227Maiden3,4733,3324.23%6285.53
228Swansboro3,4722,69628.78%1,5422.25
229Flat Rock3,4353,12110.06%4248.10
230Wilkesboro3,4333,573-3.92%5476.28
231Mar-Mac3,3683,615-6.83%7404.55
232Rural Hall3,3662,94014.49%1,1812.85
233Windsor3,3233,595-7.57%1,1802.82
234Locust3,3082,92613.06%4078.13
235Lake Junaluska3,3072,73420.96%6205.33
236Elizabethtown3,2883,647-9.84%7064.66
238Spencer3,2813,2620.58%1,0693.07
237Holly Ridge3,2811,319148.75%8214.00
239Denver3,2612,30941.23%5505.93
240Plymouth3,2433,851-15.79%8054.03
241Troy3,2423,488-7.05%8943.63
242Enochville3,2322,92510.50%7204.49
243Mineral Springs3,2092,66720.32%3918.21
244Lowesville3,2082,9458.93%4726.79
245Red Springs3,2063,486-8.03%9163.50
246Landis3,1683,0822.79%9073.49
247Wallburg3,1672,9935.81%5665.59
248East Rockingham3,0863,736-17.40%9033.42
249Warsaw3,0553,116-1.96%9743.13
250Granite Quarry3,0442,9572.94%1,0602.87
251Southern Shores3,0222,71811.18%7663.95
252Nags Head3,0212,7649.30%4586.59
253River Bend3,0143,121-3.43%1,1992.51
254Murfreesboro2,9152,8213.33%1,3022.24
255Wilson's Mills2,8962,28027.02%5585.19
256Yadkinville2,8902,974-2.82%1,0152.85
257Pembroke2,8853,055-5.56%9083.18
258Fairview2,8782,6787.47%4626.22
259Marshville2,8692,46716.30%1,3772.08
260Fearrington Village2,8672,33922.57%1,6051.79
261Troutman2,8652,45816.56%5065.67
262Tobaccoville2,8042,44114.87%3667.65
263Sneads Ferry2,7852,6465.25%7343.79
264Sylva2,7822,5708.25%8773.17
265Fairfield Harbour2,7702,952-6.17%9622.88
266Wentworth2,7542,782-1.01%19414.19
267South Rosemary2,7472,836-3.14%4496.12
268Cajah's Mountain2,7432,774-1.12%8073.40
269Bermuda Run2,7372,5955.47%1,1812.32
270Skippers Corner2,7162,785-2.48%3886.99
271Grifton2,7022,6203.13%1,3142.06
272Avery Creek2,6751,95037.18%1,5441.73
273Navassa2,6741,48480.19%20113.33
274Liberty2,6622,6590.11%8493.13
275Carthage2,6352,30314.42%3976.64
276Haw River2,6072,30013.35%9032.89
277La Grange2,6012,820-7.77%1,1292.30
278Buies Creek2,5852,942-12.13%1,1262.29
279Surf City2,5611,93332.49%3397.55
280Polkton2,5573,350-23.67%8373.05
281Coats2,5562,12620.23%1,8091.41
282Edneyville2,5492,3677.69%23710.74
283Broad Creek2,5482,3349.17%8203.11
284Wrightsville Beach2,5462,4932.13%1,8281.39
285Fairmont2,5372,710-6.38%9262.74
286Norwood2,4912,3784.75%5494.54
287Mayodan2,4022,477-3.03%8352.88
288Green Level2,4002,11113.69%1,5991.50
289Icard2,3802,664-10.66%6223.83
290Calabash2,3781,79032.85%7133.33
291Fruitland2,3732,03116.84%2958.04
292Four Oaks2,3701,94821.66%1,0352.29
293Horse Shoe2,3682,3510.72%3177.46
294Franklinton2,3652,01717.25%1,4771.60
295Laurel Park2,3622,1579.50%8432.80
296Mount Pleasant2,3101,87623.13%6973.32
297Maxton2,2982,450-6.20%8502.70
298Brogden2,2792,633-13.44%1,0282.22
299Mulberry2,2392,332-3.99%4405.09
300St. Pauls2,2382,402-6.83%1,4791.51
301Jonesville2,2332,285-2.28%7742.88
302Enfield2,2062,532-12.88%1,8111.22
303Rockwell2,1792,1192.83%1,2741.71
304Taylorsville2,1692,0903.78%9062.40
305Belville2,1511,93711.05%1,2851.67
306Hertford2,1332,145-0.56%7462.86
307Spruce Pine2,1312,236-4.70%4554.68
308Pine Level2,1191,69325.16%1,2331.72
309Madison2,1162,240-5.54%5983.54
310Kure Beach2,0882,0153.62%2,3730.88
311Fairplains2,0652,120-2.59%4914.21
312Cape Carteret2,0571,9943.16%8152.52
313Cherokee2,0462,138-4.30%16912.07
314Sharpsburg2,0312,0260.25%1,9991.02
315Hildebran2,0082,019-0.54%7102.83
316Badin1,9951,9741.06%1,1001.81
317Yanceyville1,9552,077-5.87%3545.52
318Oakboro1,9501,8614.78%7892.47
319Cricket1,9491,8555.07%5493.55
320Mars Hill1,9451,8574.74%9742.00
321Valley Hill1,9272,070-6.91%8312.32
322Princeville1,9022,068-8.03%1,2571.51
323Andrews1,8781,7765.74%1,1051.70
324Hemby Bridge1,8651,56019.55%8142.29
325Plain View1,8531,961-5.51%11116.64
326Drexel1,8501,878-1.49%1,3391.38
327Moravian Falls1,8021,901-5.21%3585.03
328Sea Breeze1,7851,969-9.34%9581.86
329Scotland Neck1,7822,038-12.56%1,5001.19
330Salem1,7572,218-20.78%4094.29
331Pinebluff1,7531,30834.02%6702.62
332Biscoe1,7341,739-0.29%6452.69
333Wanchese1,7321,6425.48%3714.67
334Richlands1,7311,50914.71%1,0611.63
335Sparta1,7191,739-1.15%7322.35
336Denton1,7081,6384.27%8162.09
337Pumpkin Center1,6932,222-23.81%1,3361.27
338Ramseur1,6921,702-0.59%8491.99
340Rocky Point1,6871,6025.31%2456.90
339Chadbourn1,6871,834-8.02%6492.60
341Murphy1,6771,6213.45%6582.55
342Burnsville1,6671,693-1.54%1,0581.58
343Bent Creek1,6661,28729.45%7542.21
344Kenly1,6501,35022.22%9471.74
345Connelly Springs1,6461,647-0.06%3304.99
346Bethel1,6171,5812.28%1,5241.06
347Tryon1,6151,634-1.16%8092.00
348Saxapahaw1,5991,648-2.97%3085.18
349Rose Hill1,5961,627-1.91%1,1111.44
350Stanfield1,5841,4906.31%3564.45
351Foscoe1,5791,37015.26%2735.78
352Belhaven1,5751,691-6.86%9911.59
353East Spencer1,5671,5401.75%9861.59
354Toast1,5641,4507.86%1,0321.52
355Bladenboro1,5631,748-10.58%7062.21
356Jefferson1,5371,600-3.94%7392.08
357Neuse Forest1,5362,005-23.39%4863.16
358Dobson1,5311,588-3.59%7642.00
359Stony Point1,5271,31715.95%5132.98
360Atlantic Beach1,5261,5021.60%6522.34
361Walnut Cove1,5251,618-5.75%6112.50
362Northlakes1,5091,534-1.63%1,0071.50
363Buxton1,5031,27318.07%5072.96
364Snow Hill1,4981,592-5.90%9731.54
365Glen Alpine1,4831,496-0.87%6912.15
366Manteo1,4741,32810.99%7781.90
367Cordova1,4731,775-17.01%6912.13
368Bryson City1,4581,4252.32%6682.18
369Youngsville1,4531,15725.58%8361.74
370Princeton1,4441,19221.14%1,2681.14
371Biltmore Forest1,4421,3457.21%4962.91
372Claremont1,4201,3574.64%4772.98
374Weldon1,4161,643-13.82%4972.85
373Swepsonville1,4161,16521.55%9921.43
375Millers Creek1,4082,112-33.33%3154.47
376Pilot Mountain1,4051,474-4.68%6902.04
377West Marion1,3921,3483.26%9341.49
378Lake Waccamaw1,3821,467-5.79%4972.78
379Maury1,3751,685-18.40%1,3061.05
380Barker Heights1,3541,2547.97%1,3551.00
381West Jefferson1,3231,330-0.53%6022.20
382Spring Hope1,3221,3210.08%8741.51
383Clyde1,3201,2267.67%1,5210.87
384Pine Knoll Shores1,3191,341-1.64%5972.21
385Blowing Rock1,3181,2436.03%4373.01
386Robersonville1,3091,487-11.97%1,0691.23
387Broadway1,3081,2068.46%1,0111.29
388Cedar Point1,3061,2573.90%5872.22
390Rutherford College1,3041,317-0.99%5682.30
389Elm City1,3041,3010.23%1,6850.77
391Hays1,2771,851-31.01%2076.16
392Beulaville1,2751,298-1.77%8401.52
393Stoneville1,2691,301-2.46%8871.43
394Robbins1,2611,11612.99%7921.59
395Harkers Island1,2601,2074.39%5622.24
396Maggie Valley1,2571,1499.40%3843.27
397West Canton1,2561,2470.72%9141.37
399Fremont1,2521,281-2.26%9231.36
398Bayboro1,2521,259-0.56%6761.85
400Balfour1,2161,1872.44%7491.62
401Pinetops1,2031,376-12.57%1,1991.00
402Franklinville1,1951,1721.96%7371.62
403Laurel Hill1,1941,254-4.78%4982.40
404Lucama1,1701,1382.81%1,8870.62
405Roseboro1,1691,192-1.93%9661.21
406Lake Lure1,1621,168-0.51%8813.17
407Advance1,1581,1381.76%1627.16
408Boonville1,1511,176-2.13%9621.20
409Southmont1,1501,470-21.77%2524.56
410Banner Elk1,1491,0558.91%5981.92
411Gorman1,1451,01113.25%3982.88
413Mount Gilead1,1401,179-3.31%3273.49
412Light Oak1,14069164.98%7931.44
414South Henderson1,1361,213-6.35%6141.85
415Stedman1,0961,0286.61%5272.08
416White Plains1,0941,0741.86%2734.01
417Hoopers Creek1,0881,0563.03%1576.94
418Foxfire1,07892017.17%1537.06
419Flat Rock1,0721,556-31.11%4112.61
420Alamance1,07095711.81%1,3460.80
421McLeansville1,0441,0212.25%1706.14
422Norlina1,0331,122-7.93%9281.11
423Castle Hayne1,0271,202-14.56%2164.76
424Rhodhiss1,0241,038-1.35%8651.18
425Highlands1,0149318.92%1656.13
426Vander1,0061,146-12.22%2713.71
427Columbus1,0049970.70%2823.56
428Cove Creek9991,171-14.69%1178.54
429Gaston9981,148-13.07%5901.69
430Cooleemee9959742.16%1,3230.75
431Ellerbe9781,022-4.31%7441.31
432Hightsville97773932.21%6701.46
433Dortches9699600.94%1208.09
435Rowland9681,039-6.83%9201.05
434Belwood9689472.22%7912.30
436Five Points96368939.77%1168.28
437Vanceboro9611,004-4.28%5611.71
438Germanton95582715.48%5451.75
439Silver City9498827.60%6361.49
441Magnolia946947-0.11%8781.08
440Faison946962-1.66%1,2070.78
442Old Fort9389063.53%7681.22
443Brunswick9291,007-7.75%1,5510.60
444Marshall9188725.28%2443.76
446Pinnacle9098941.68%2523.61
445Barker Ten Mile909952-4.52%3992.28
447Garysburg8961,050-14.67%9500.94
448Maysville8911,027-13.24%1,0410.86
449Taylortown88678013.59%6711.32
450Cleveland8848553.39%5311.67
451Oriental871899-3.11%6091.43
452Montreat86872120.39%3182.73
453Fair Bluff867947-8.45%3692.35
454Walnut Creek8618511.18%4052.13
455Star855874-2.17%6621.29
456Dobbins Heights843866-2.66%9560.88
458South Weldon84070519.15%1,9310.43
457Riegelwood84057945.08%2723.08
459Ellenboro836846-1.18%6611.26
460Middlesex8338191.71%7971.04
461Kenansville831855-2.81%3922.12
462Rich Square826957-13.69%2683.09
463Elrod82541797.84%1555.34
464Warrenton821896-8.37%7631.08
465Candor819839-2.38%4042.02
466Faith8167913.16%7601.07
467Vass81570715.28%2543.21
468Camden80959935.06%5121.58
470Prospect797981-18.76%2033.93
469Northwest7977299.33%1147.01
471Stantonsburg7897860.38%1,3420.59
472Chocowinity7887810.90%7831.01
473Manns Harbor782821-4.75%1924.08
474Black Creek7807671.69%1,0880.72
475Wagram779838-7.04%5351.46
476Stokes777376106.65%1754.44
477Red Cross7757375.16%2173.58
478Alliance770781-1.41%3692.09
479Pleasant Hill769878-12.41%2972.59
480Aulander765896-14.62%5181.48
481Mamers763826-7.63%1266.04
482High Shoals7627048.24%2932.60
483Misenheimer7607304.11%4221.80
484White Lake751816-7.97%7331.02
485North Topsail Beach7477440.40%1206.22
486New London73662018.71%3731.98
487Rougemont729978-25.46%1166.28
488Peletier7227013.00%2003.62
489Clarkton714841-15.10%5731.25
490Grover7127070.71%7450.96
492Conway711831-14.44%3901.82
491Columbia711857-17.04%5911.20
493Moncure709711-0.28%1504.73
494Winton708769-7.93%8740.81
495Ocean Isle Beach70754629.49%1903.71
496Ocracoke706948-25.53%828.60
497Saluda703713-1.40%4521.55
498Sedalia70262911.61%3512.00
499Bogue7016881.89%2552.75
500Jackson Heights6941,141-39.18%4781.45

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

North Carolina Cities by First Letter

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

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