Raleigh, North Carolina Population 2020
Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina. Also known as the City of Oaks, Raleigh has 143 square miles of land with an estimated population of 469,298, which is the 42nd most populous state in the country.
Raleigh's population is estimated at 469,298, up from an estimated 423,000 in 2012. 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 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 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, North Carolina's estimated population is 469,298 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Raleigh, North Carolina is the 2nd largest city in North Carolina based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 3234.90 people/mi² (1249.00 people/km²).
The overall median age is 33.2 years, 32 years for males, and 34.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.8 males.
The median income for households in Raleigh, North Carolina is $, while the mean household income is $.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Raleigh was:
- White: 58.45%
- Black or African American: 28.98%
- Other race: 4.67%
- Asian: 4.49%
- Two or more races: 2.98%
- Native American: 0.36%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%