Raleigh, North Carolina Population 2022

480,419
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Raleigh is a city located in Wake County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 480,419, it is the 2nd largest city in North Carolina and the 40th largest city in the United States. Raleigh is currently growing at a rate of 1.35% annually and its population has increased by 2.28% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 469,698 in 2020. Spanning over 147 miles, Raleigh has a population density of 3,293 people per square mile.

The average household income in Raleigh is $94,359 with a poverty rate of 11.82%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Raleigh is 33.6 years, 32.3 years for males, and 34.8 years for females.

The Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population estimated at 1.21 million, however. The larger Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area (CSA) is estimated at 2.03 million. Raleigh has a population density of 2,963 people per square mile (1,097/sq km).

Raleigh Population Growth

Raleigh is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States with a growth rate of about 3.4% per year. A Forbes study last year found the Raleigh metropolitan area was the fastest growing in the United States, increasing 47% from 2000 to 2012.

Between 2000 and 2009, the Raleigh-Durham-Cary metropolitan area grew 40%, leading the nation. It is predicted that Raleigh will remain the fastest-growing metro area through 2025.

Raleigh was chosen as the new capital of North Carolina in 1788. It is one of the few planned cities in the United States, and its site was chosen in a central location to protect it from coastal attacks. From 1810 to 1820, the population grew from just 876 to more than 2,600. During the Civil War, the city was protected against Union troops and, despite a nearby battle, Raleigh experienced little serious damage, but it failed to grow for decades due to an economy based on agriculture.

After the Civil War, many free blacks (freedmen) migrated from rural areas to Raleigh, which had a large free black community. The city became the site of Shaw University, the first African American college in the South with classes that began in 1865. Despite progress made during the 19th century for black people in the state, voter registration rules passed in 1900 reduced black voting to zero by 1908. It was not until federal civil rights legislation in the 1960s that most black people in North Carolina could vote again, sit on juries and serve in local offices.

Raleigh has since grown and changed dramatically. For the past ten years, it has frequently made Top 10 Lists, including those by Forbes and Money Magazine. Except for 1830, Raleigh has posted positive population growth at every census since 1800.

Raleigh Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Raleighwas:

  • White: 57.50%
  • Black or African American: 28.90%
  • Asian: 4.84%
  • Two or more races: 4.25%
  • Other race: 4.17%
  • Native American: 0.30%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Raleigh, North Carolina is 480,419 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 469,698.

Raleigh, North Carolina Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Raleigh Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Raleigh Population by Race

Raleigh Population Pyramid 2022

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Raleigh Median Age

34


Total

32.7


Male

35.3


Female

Raleigh Adults

There are 374,102 adults, (50,797 of whom are seniors) in Raleigh.

Raleigh Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

15.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Raleigh Sex Ratio

Female

242,704

51.67%

Male

226,994

48.33%

Raleigh Population by Age

Raleigh Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Raleigh Household Types

51.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Raleigh Households and Families

3.12

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

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Raleigh Households by Type

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Raleigh Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Raleigh Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.70%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 64.92%.

Raleigh Educational Attainment by Race

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$44,728

Average Earnings

$49,898

Average Male

$41,042

Average Female

Raleigh Earnings by Educational Attainment

Raleigh Language by Age

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Raleigh Language

82.70% of Raleigh residents speak only English, while 17.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.11% of the population.

Raleigh Language

Raleigh Poverty by Race

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11.82%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.47%

Male Poverty Rate

12.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Raleigh

The race most likely to be in poverty in Raleigh is Islander, with 64.25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Raleigh is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.66%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.23%.

Raleigh Poverty

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Raleigh Poverty Rate by Education

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Raleigh Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Raleigh Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Raleigh Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.3%

Male Marriage Rate

37.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Raleigh Married by Age and Sex

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Raleigh Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Raleigh Marital Status by Race

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Raleigh Marital Status

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20,085

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Raleigh Veterans by War

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Raleigh Veterans by Age

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Raleigh Veterans by Race

Raleigh Veterans by Education

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5.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

Raleigh Veterans by Education

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70.3%

Labor Force Participation

67.2%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Raleigh Employment by Age

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Raleigh Employment by Race

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Raleigh Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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47.05%

Born in Raleigh

87.19%

Native Born

12.81%

Foreign Born

7.70%

Non Citizen

5.11%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.19% of Raleigh residents were born in the United States, with 47.05% having been born in North Carolina. 7.70% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Raleigh Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Raleigh Population by Year