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)
1Charlotte912,096738,44423.52%442
2Raleigh483,579406,35319.00%494
3Greensboro301,094269,59811.68%348
4Durham287,865230,72724.76%382
5Winston-Salem250,765230,0229.02%282
6Fayetteville213,475208,3372.47%215
7Cary174,762137,08627.48%444
8Wilmington126,000106,75418.03%365
9High Point114,227104,7109.09%304
10Concord100,63979,57126.48%236
11Greenville94,82285,09611.43%397
12Asheville93,35083,45911.85%305
13Gastonia78,04971,7078.84%225
14Jacksonville71,75878,089-8.11%220
15Apex70,18237,99184.73%503
16Chapel Hill65,41957,40613.96%453
17Huntersville59,87047,10327.10%219
18Burlington55,99651,1729.43%280
19Rocky Mount53,30257,680-7.59%180
20Kannapolis52,98342,69924.08%242
21Wilson49,81949,2221.21%239
22Wake Forest48,84130,39060.71%413
23Hickory41,54740,0343.78%209
24Indian Trail41,52433,76222.99%282
25Mooresville40,60034,43617.90%246
26Holly Springs40,05024,96460.43%350
27Monroe35,79032,9868.50%176
28Salisbury34,30433,4812.46%229
29Matthews34,14027,29825.06%297
30Goldsboro33,90635,438-4.32%177
31Garner33,29125,89328.57%312
32Fuquay-Varina32,69818,22579.41%321
33Morrisville31,67018,74568.95%541
34Cornelius31,21125,00924.80%361
35Sanford30,59328,2328.36%157
36New Bern29,96229,5301.46%158
37Clayton28,84316,31676.78%284
38Statesville28,49424,56216.01%172
39Mint Hill28,44322,81824.65%175
40Leland26,98413,90594.06%203
41Thomasville26,72726,810-0.31%237
42Asheboro26,18625,4622.84%207
43Kernersville24,49623,1395.86%205
44Clemmons21,53718,68315.28%270
45Carrboro21,13019,5857.89%486
46Kinston20,03521,729-7.80%162
47Shelby20,02620,317-1.43%134
48Lumberton19,97221,543-7.29%168
49Boone19,96517,11116.68%472
50Havelock19,62821,093-6.95%171
51Waxhaw19,0999,95791.81%238
52Lexington18,97318,9340.21%157
53Knightdale18,76111,52562.79%375
54Lenoir17,93318,216-1.55%129
55Elizabeth City17,90518,683-4.16%228
56Mebane17,47211,55451.22%267
57Harrisburg17,33013,47528.61%229
58Pinehurst17,22414,79216.44%154
59Graham16,80814,32717.32%256
60Stallings16,64513,82120.43%298
61Morganton16,63116,825-1.15%129
62Mount Holly16,55113,66021.16%227
63Murraysville16,54214,21516.37%286
64Albemarle16,53815,8834.12%141
65Hope Mills15,98915,1985.20%322
66Southern Pines15,37112,45923.37%134
67Laurinburg15,02415,903-5.53%179
68Eden14,86615,695-5.28%156
69Henderson14,78715,370-3.79%259
70Lewisville14,68012,75015.14%152
71Hendersonville14,35113,1409.22%294
72Reidsville13,98314,454-3.26%142
73Roanoke Rapids13,97215,666-10.81%210
74Piney Green13,74113,2933.37%150
75Smithfield13,58711,09222.49%170
76Davidson13,40410,94122.51%335
77Newton13,29112,9402.71%144
78Belmont12,75010,23324.60%157
79Elon12,4349,39432.36%466
80Spring Lake12,05711,5724.19%76
81Lincolnton11,67810,33712.97%201
82Summerfield11,67610,26513.75%66
83Archdale11,54711,4440.90%196
84Weddington11,5329,57320.46%98
85Kings Mountain11,10410,6873.90%123
86Myrtle Grove10,7538,87521.16%239
87Tarboro10,48911,527-9.00%135
88Waynesville10,2379,8483.95%173
89Wendell10,1355,87772.45%274
90Mount Airy10,12410,407-2.72%129
91Winterville10,0959,2549.09%325
92Dunn9,7489,3274.51%213
93Morehead City9,6358,68510.94%195
94Wesley Chapel9,5877,86221.94%149
95Washington9,4439,850-4.13%172
96St. Stephens9,4088,7597.41%150
97Rolesville9,3593,811145.58%286
98Pineville9,2987,51823.68%209
99Oxford8,9968,4676.25%215
100Oak Island8,9726,82031.55%72
101Kings Grant8,6478,1136.58%284
102Conover8,6308,3013.96%117
103Aberdeen8,5446,38933.73%126
104Fletcher8,4977,22517.61%198
105Siler City8,4697,8547.83%210
106Clinton8,4648,666-2.33%166
107Rockingham8,4379,529-11.46%165
108Ogden8,4086,76624.27%276
109Roxboro8,3158,352-0.44%176
110Half Moon8,2438,352-1.31%166
111Black Mountain8,2047,8504.51%183
112Lake Norman of Catawba8,1967,41110.59%51
113Brevard8,0047,6774.26%223
114Butner7,9857,6114.91%85
115Marion7,8898,168-3.42%201
116Etowah7,6536,94410.21%65
117Gibsonville7,5516,51315.94%311
118Porters Neck7,5386,20421.50%208
119Mills River7,5326,73711.80%50
120Kill Devil Hills7,5276,70012.34%200
121Selma7,4616,13621.59%232
122Unionville7,4236,17020.31%38
123Oak Ridge7,2316,31514.51%66
124Forest City7,1807,459-3.74%125
125Hillsborough7,1196,6077.75%189
126St. James7,0423,196120.34%115
127Marvin7,0045,68823.14%174
128Woodfin6,8396,2838.85%113
129King6,8216,868-0.68%172
130Trinity6,6226,6060.24%58
131Boiling Spring Lakes6,5775,38622.11%42
132Carolina Beach6,4895,72413.36%394
133Zebulon6,4854,47744.85%208
134Silver Lake6,4765,59815.68%391
135Cullowhee6,3776,2282.39%264
136Hamlet6,3266,565-3.64%181
137Cherryville6,1825,7397.72%167
138Hampstead5,9014,08344.53%43
139Bessemer City5,6855,3286.70%163
140East Flat Rock5,6474,99513.05%196
141Stokesdale5,6315,04611.59%44
142Angier5,6174,46025.94%271
143Nashville5,6025,5960.11%178
144Archer Lodge5,4294,28226.79%89
145Walkertown5,4044,73514.13%120
146James City5,3545,899-9.24%103
147Mocksville5,3105,0604.94%102
148Erwin5,2704,56115.54%186
149Wadesboro5,2495,793-9.39%119
150Whiteville5,2215,359-2.58%141
151Sawmills5,2135,221-0.15%117
152Carolina Shores5,1953,38553.47%289
153Ayden5,1635,0182.89%200
154Williamston5,0805,742-11.53%172
155Pleasant Garden5,0564,50412.26%50
156Midway5,0084,7345.79%96
157Long View4,9664,8761.85%185
158Raeford4,9484,6646.09%172
159Farmville4,9304,6655.68%218
160Seven Lakes4,9034,8880.31%87
161Dallas4,8934,4699.49%252
162Royal Pines4,7594,27211.40%261
163Wingate4,6843,47734.71%370
164Creedmoor4,6764,13013.22%130
165Granite Falls4,6714,703-0.68%133
166Ahoskie4,6595,047-7.69%160
167Newport4,6014,14211.08%90
168Jamestown4,5813,46532.21%228
169Boiling Springs4,5694,644-1.61%152
170Beaufort4,5604,2018.55%140
171Cramerton4,5464,1768.86%176
172Wrightsboro4,5254,896-7.58%61
173Mount Olive4,5204,624-2.25%245
174Pittsboro4,5163,76819.85%139
175Edenton4,5164,978-9.28%125
176Shallotte4,5033,50728.40%73
177Bayshore4,4963,39332.51%285
178Valdese4,4104,455-1.01%84
179Canton4,3934,1974.67%176
180Brices Creek4,3423,07341.30%82
181China Grove4,2604,1552.53%179
182Franklin4,2393,8849.14%129
183Burgaw4,2313,8639.53%134
184Bethlehem4,2274,2140.31%83
185Spindale4,2184,297-1.84%117
186Moyock4,2103,75912.00%60
187Sunset Beach4,1973,57617.37%92
188Southport4,1762,92842.62%157
189Mountain Home4,1733,62215.21%165
190North Wilkesboro4,1544,273-2.78%93
191Tabor City4,1354,0123.07%183
192Swannanoa4,1274,576-9.81%96
193Randleman4,1234,1200.07%151
194Westport4,1174,0262.26%167
195Forest Oaks4,1083,8905.60%128
196Rutherfordton4,1074,183-1.82%149
197Weaverville4,1033,70210.83%159
198Benson4,0783,32322.72%217
199Lake Park4,0313,43817.25%817
200Fairview4,0223,35819.77%20
201Gamewell4,0204,042-0.54%74
202Trent Woods4,0014,171-4.08%201
203Midland3,9773,10128.25%56
204Elkin3,9714,027-1.39%87
205Tyro3,9543,8791.93%46
206Elroy3,9493,8692.07%90
207Dana3,9193,32917.72%66
208Eastover3,8403,6385.55%51
209Stanley3,8323,5338.46%212
210River Road3,8264,394-12.93%80
211Wallace3,8193,900-2.08%185
212Welcome3,8044,162-8.60%61
213Louisburg3,7913,42510.69%204
214Lowell3,7883,5237.52%208
215Ranlo3,7403,4458.56%307
216Lillington3,7153,21215.66%120
217Hudson3,7153,767-1.38%148
218Mountain View3,7013,5524.19%118
219Emerald Isle3,6753,6710.11%111
220Kitty Hawk3,6553,27211.71%67
221Northchase3,6143,747-3.55%313
222Rockfish3,5233,2986.82%106
223Whispering Pines3,5092,96618.31%141
224Red Oak3,5083,4202.57%27
225Glen Raven3,4952,75027.09%149
226Lake Royale3,4852,50639.07%80
227Maiden3,4733,3324.23%94
228Swansboro3,4722,69628.78%230
229Flat Rock3,4353,12110.06%63
230Wilkesboro3,4333,573-3.92%82
231Mar-Mac3,3683,615-6.83%110
232Rural Hall3,3662,94014.49%176
233Windsor3,3233,595-7.57%176
234Locust3,3082,92613.06%61
235Lake Junaluska3,3072,73420.96%92
236Elizabethtown3,2883,647-9.84%105
237Spencer3,2813,2620.58%159
238Holly Ridge3,2811,319148.75%122
239Denver3,2612,30941.23%82
240Plymouth3,2433,851-15.79%120
241Troy3,2423,488-7.05%133
242Enochville3,2322,92510.50%107
243Mineral Springs3,2092,66720.32%58
244Lowesville3,2082,9458.93%70
245Red Springs3,2063,486-8.03%136
246Landis3,1683,0822.79%135
247Wallburg3,1672,9935.81%84
248East Rockingham3,0863,736-17.40%135
249Warsaw3,0553,116-1.96%145
250Granite Quarry3,0442,9572.94%158
251Southern Shores3,0222,71811.18%114
252Nags Head3,0212,7649.30%68
253River Bend3,0143,121-3.43%179
254Murfreesboro2,9152,8213.33%194
255Wilson's Mills2,8962,28027.02%83
256Yadkinville2,8902,974-2.82%151
257Pembroke2,8853,055-5.56%135
258Fairview2,8782,6787.47%69
259Marshville2,8692,46716.30%205
260Fearrington Village2,8672,33922.57%239
261Troutman2,8652,45816.56%75
262Tobaccoville2,8042,44114.87%55
263Sneads Ferry2,7852,6465.25%109
264Sylva2,7822,5708.25%131
265Fairfield Harbour2,7702,952-6.17%143
266Wentworth2,7542,782-1.01%29
267South Rosemary2,7472,836-3.14%67
268Cajah's Mountain2,7432,774-1.12%120
269Bermuda Run2,7372,5955.47%176
270Skippers Corner2,7162,785-2.48%58
271Grifton2,7022,6203.13%196
272Avery Creek2,6751,95037.18%230
273Navassa2,6741,48480.19%30
274Liberty2,6622,6590.11%127
275Carthage2,6352,30314.42%59
276Haw River2,6072,30013.35%135
277La Grange2,6012,820-7.77%168
278Buies Creek2,5852,942-12.13%168
279Surf City2,5611,93332.49%51
280Polkton2,5573,350-23.67%125
281Coats2,5562,12620.23%270
282Edneyville2,5492,3677.69%35
283Broad Creek2,5482,3349.17%122
284Wrightsville Beach2,5462,4932.13%272
285Fairmont2,5372,710-6.38%138
286Norwood2,4912,3784.75%82
287Mayodan2,4022,477-3.03%124
288Green Level2,4002,11113.69%238
289Icard2,3802,664-10.66%93
290Calabash2,3781,79032.85%106
291Fruitland2,3732,03116.84%44
292Four Oaks2,3701,94821.66%154
293Horse Shoe2,3682,3510.72%47
294Franklinton2,3652,01717.25%220
295Laurel Park2,3622,1579.50%126
296Mount Pleasant2,3101,87623.13%104
297Maxton2,2982,450-6.20%127
298Brogden2,2792,633-13.44%153
299Mulberry2,2392,332-3.99%66
300St. Pauls2,2382,402-6.83%220
301Jonesville2,2332,285-2.28%115
302Enfield2,2062,532-12.88%270
303Rockwell2,1792,1192.83%190
304Taylorsville2,1692,0903.78%135
305Belville2,1511,93711.05%191
306Hertford2,1332,145-0.56%111
307Spruce Pine2,1312,236-4.70%68
308Pine Level2,1191,69325.16%184
309Madison2,1162,240-5.54%89
310Kure Beach2,0882,0153.62%354
311Fairplains2,0652,120-2.59%73
312Cape Carteret2,0571,9943.16%121
313Cherokee2,0462,138-4.30%25
314Sharpsburg2,0312,0260.25%298
315Hildebran2,0082,019-0.54%106
316Badin1,9951,9741.06%164
317Yanceyville1,9552,077-5.87%53
318Oakboro1,9501,8614.78%118
319Cricket1,9491,8555.07%82
320Mars Hill1,9451,8574.74%145
321Valley Hill1,9272,070-6.91%124
322Princeville1,9022,068-8.03%187
323Andrews1,8781,7765.74%165
324Hemby Bridge1,8651,56019.55%121
325Plain View1,8531,961-5.51%17
326Drexel1,8501,878-1.49%200
327Moravian Falls1,8021,901-5.21%53
328Sea Breeze1,7851,969-9.34%143
329Scotland Neck1,7822,038-12.56%224
330Salem1,7572,218-20.78%61
331Pinebluff1,7531,30834.02%100
332Biscoe1,7341,739-0.29%96
333Wanchese1,7321,6425.48%55
334Richlands1,7311,50914.71%158
335Sparta1,7191,739-1.15%109
336Denton1,7081,6384.27%122
337Pumpkin Center1,6932,222-23.81%199
338Ramseur1,6921,702-0.59%127
339Rocky Point1,6871,6025.31%36
340Chadbourn1,6871,834-8.02%97
341Murphy1,6771,6213.45%98
342Burnsville1,6671,693-1.54%158
343Bent Creek1,6661,28729.45%112
344Kenly1,6501,35022.22%141
345Connelly Springs1,6461,647-0.06%49
346Bethel1,6171,5812.28%227
347Tryon1,6151,634-1.16%121
348Saxapahaw1,5991,648-2.97%46
349Rose Hill1,5961,627-1.91%166
350Stanfield1,5841,4906.31%53
351Foscoe1,5791,37015.26%41
352Belhaven1,5751,691-6.86%148
353East Spencer1,5671,5401.75%147
354Toast1,5641,4507.86%154
355Bladenboro1,5631,748-10.58%105
356Jefferson1,5371,600-3.94%110
357Neuse Forest1,5362,005-23.39%72
358Dobson1,5311,588-3.59%114
359Stony Point1,5271,31715.95%76
360Atlantic Beach1,5261,5021.60%97
361Walnut Cove1,5251,618-5.75%91
362Northlakes1,5091,534-1.63%150
363Buxton1,5031,27318.07%76
364Snow Hill1,4981,592-5.90%145
365Glen Alpine1,4831,496-0.87%103
366Manteo1,4741,32810.99%116
367Cordova1,4731,775-17.01%103
368Bryson City1,4581,4252.32%100
369Youngsville1,4531,15725.58%125
370Princeton1,4441,19221.14%189
371Biltmore Forest1,4421,3457.21%74
372Claremont1,4201,3574.64%71
373Weldon1,4161,643-13.82%74
374Swepsonville1,4161,16521.55%148
375Millers Creek1,4082,112-33.33%47
376Pilot Mountain1,4051,474-4.68%103
377West Marion1,3921,3483.26%139
378Lake Waccamaw1,3821,467-5.79%74
379Maury1,3751,685-18.40%195
380Barker Heights1,3541,2547.97%202
381West Jefferson1,3231,330-0.53%90
382Spring Hope1,3221,3210.08%130
383Clyde1,3201,2267.67%227
384Pine Knoll Shores1,3191,341-1.64%89
385Blowing Rock1,3181,2436.03%65
386Robersonville1,3091,487-11.97%159
387Broadway1,3081,2068.46%151
388Cedar Point1,3061,2573.90%88
389Rutherford College1,3041,317-0.99%85
390Elm City1,3041,3010.23%251
391Hays1,2771,851-31.01%31
392Beulaville1,2751,298-1.77%125
393Stoneville1,2691,301-2.46%132
394Robbins1,2611,11612.99%118
395Harkers Island1,2601,2074.39%84
396Maggie Valley1,2571,1499.40%57
397West Canton1,2561,2470.72%136
398Fremont1,2521,281-2.26%138
399Bayboro1,2521,259-0.56%101
400Balfour1,2161,1872.44%112
401Pinetops1,2031,376-12.57%179
402Franklinville1,1951,1721.96%110
403Laurel Hill1,1941,254-4.78%74
404Lucama1,1701,1382.81%281
405Roseboro1,1691,192-1.93%144
406Lake Lure1,1621,168-0.51%13
407Advance1,1581,1381.76%24
408Boonville1,1511,176-2.13%143
409Southmont1,1501,470-21.77%38
410Banner Elk1,1491,0558.91%89
411Gorman1,1451,01113.25%59
412Mount Gilead1,1401,179-3.31%49
413Light Oak1,14069164.98%118
414South Henderson1,1361,213-6.35%92
415Stedman1,0961,0286.61%79
416White Plains1,0941,0741.86%41
417Hoopers Creek1,0881,0563.03%23
418Foxfire1,07892017.17%23
419Flat Rock1,0721,556-31.11%61
420Alamance1,07095711.81%201
421McLeansville1,0441,0212.25%25
422Norlina1,0331,122-7.93%138
423Castle Hayne1,0271,202-14.56%32
424Rhodhiss1,0241,038-1.35%129
425Highlands1,0149318.92%25
426Vander1,0061,146-12.22%40
427Columbus1,0049970.70%42
428Cove Creek9991,171-14.69%17
429Gaston9981,148-13.07%88
430Cooleemee9959742.16%197
431Ellerbe9781,022-4.31%111
432Hightsville97773932.21%100
433Dortches9699600.94%18
434Rowland9681,039-6.83%137
435Belwood9689472.22%12
436Five Points96368939.77%17
437Vanceboro9611,004-4.28%84
438Germanton95582715.48%81
439Silver City9498827.60%95
440Magnolia946947-0.11%131
441Faison946962-1.66%180
442Old Fort9389063.53%115
443Brunswick9291,007-7.75%231
444Marshall9188725.28%36
445Pinnacle9098941.68%38
446Barker Ten Mile909952-4.52%60
447Garysburg8961,050-14.67%142
448Maysville8911,027-13.24%155
449Taylortown88678013.59%100
450Cleveland8848553.39%79
451Oriental871899-3.11%91
452Montreat86872120.39%47
453Fair Bluff867947-8.45%55
454Walnut Creek8618511.18%60
455Star855874-2.17%99
456Dobbins Heights843866-2.66%142
457South Weldon84070519.15%288
458Riegelwood84057945.08%41
459Ellenboro836846-1.18%98
460Middlesex8338191.71%119
461Kenansville831855-2.81%58
462Rich Square826957-13.69%40
463Elrod82541797.84%23
464Warrenton821896-8.37%114
465Candor819839-2.38%60
466Faith8167913.16%113
467Vass81570715.28%38
468Camden80959935.06%76
469Prospect797981-18.76%30
470Northwest7977299.33%17
471Stantonsburg7897860.38%200
472Chocowinity7887810.90%117
473Manns Harbor782821-4.75%29
474Black Creek7807671.69%162
475Wagram779838-7.04%80
476Stokes777376106.65%26
477Red Cross7757375.16%32
478Alliance770781-1.41%55
479Pleasant Hill769878-12.41%44
480Aulander765896-14.62%77
481Mamers763826-7.63%19
482High Shoals7627048.24%44
483Misenheimer7607304.11%63
484White Lake751816-7.97%109
485North Topsail Beach7477440.40%18
486New London73662018.71%56
487Rougemont729978-25.46%17
488Peletier7227013.00%30
489Clarkton714841-15.10%85
490Grover7127070.71%111
491Conway711831-14.44%58
492Columbia711857-17.04%88
493Moncure709711-0.28%22
494Winton708769-7.93%130
495Ocean Isle Beach70754629.49%28
496Ocracoke706948-25.53%12
497Saluda703713-1.40%67
498Sedalia70262911.61%52
499Bogue7016881.89%38
500Jackson Heights6941,141-39.18%71

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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