Wake County, North Carolina Population 2020

Wake County, North Carolina's estimated population is 1,133,140 with a growth rate of 1.84% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Wake County, North Carolina is the largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20201,133,14020,4201.84%
20191,112,72020,4201.87%
20181,092,30020,4101.90%
20171,071,89023,5102.24%
20161,048,38025,9502.54%
20151,022,43024,6412.47%
2014997,78923,7822.44%
2013974,00722,1132.32%
2012951,89423,1652.49%
2011928,72921,8472.41%
2010906,882483,502114.20%
1990423,380122,05340.51%
1980301,32772,87431.90%
1970228,45359,37135.11%
1960169,08232,63223.91%
1950136,45026,90624.56%
1940109,54414,78715.61%
193094,75719,60226.08%
192075,15511,92618.86%
191063,2298,60315.75%
190054,6265,41911.01%
189049,2071,2682.65%
188047,93912,32234.60%
187035,6176,99024.42%
186028,6273,73915.02%
185024,8883,77017.85%
184021,1187203.53%
183020,3982961.47%
182020,1023,01617.65%
181017,0863,64927.16%
180013,4373,24531.84%
179010,1920.00%

Wake County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White688,20965.76%
Black or African American212,59720.31%
Asian69,9316.68%
Some Other Race39,4653.77%
Two or More Races32,2473.08%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,6750.35%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4340.04%

Wake County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

Wake County, North Carolina Median Age

36


Total

35.1


Male

36.9


Female

Wake County, North Carolina Adults

There are 790,704 adults, (113,852 of whom are seniors) in Wake County, North Carolina.

Wake County, North Carolina Age Dependency

54.6

Age Dependency Ratio

16.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Wake County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

537,692

51.38%

Male

508,866

48.62%

Wake County, North Carolina Households and Families

Wake County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Wake County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.4%18.6%
All63.9%36.1%
Male47.6%52.4%
Non Family45.2%54.8%
Female43.9%56.1%

63.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All390,4982.6263.9
Married202,4743.2281.4
Non Family129,2651.3745.2
Female43,8343.2943.9
Male14,9253.447.6

3.18

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

5.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Wake County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade22,8603.29%
9th to 12th Grade27,6213.97%
High School Graduate107,05315.41%
Some College120,07117.28%
Associates Degree57,0468.21%
Bachelors Degree226,26032.56%
Graduate Degree133,97119.28%

Wake County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White446,850433,649262,294
Black134,561121,87544,409
Hispanic54,62734,30712,481
Asian47,19143,39534,726
Other Race20,78111,6153,333
Multiple Races12,52811,4746,220
Native American2,4551,972556
Islander284247148

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.05%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 73.59%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$46,449$54,614$40,098
Less Than High School$21,387$25,448$15,451
High School Grad$29,592$32,054$24,778
Some College$37,362$44,205$31,772
Bachelors Degree$56,183$72,771$46,205
Graduate Degree$73,957$99,813$57,413

$46,449

Average Earnings

$54,614

Average Male

$40,098

Average Female

Wake County, North Carolina Language

Wake County, North Carolina Language by Age

Wake County, North Carolina Language

83.10% of Wake County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 16.90% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.21% of the population.

Wake County, North Carolina Poverty

Wake County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White617,35135,9755.83%
Black206,68431,77815.38%
Hispanic104,18324,10223.13%
Other38,9797,97120.45%
Asian69,0766,1208.86%
Multiple31,8043,62711.40%
Native3,49037510.74%
Islander43419144.01%

9.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.08%

Male Poverty Rate

10.38%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wake County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wake County, North Carolina is Islander, with 44.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wake County, North Carolina is White, with 5.83% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.23%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.94%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.14%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.11%
High School12.19%
Some College6.94%
Bachelors or Greater3.29%

Wake County, North Carolina Income

Wake County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$76,956$102,190
Families$95,958$120,316
Married Families$113,020$138,412
Non Families$47,931$62,360

Wake County, North Carolina Marital Status

Wake County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

51.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.8%

Male Marriage Rate

49.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Wake County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

Wake County, North Carolina 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.

Wake County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Wake County, North Carolina Veterans

51,410

Number of Veterans

45,509

Male Veterans

5,901

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam15,690
First Gulf War14,052
Second Gulf War10,556
Korea3,420
World War II1,316
Name Veterans % of Total
White36,4386.82%
Black12,7168.02%
Hispanic1,7822.72%
2 or More9215.58%
Asian7171.36%
Other3591.43%
Indian2127.79%
Hawaiian4715.06%

$Wake County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

4.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wake County, North Carolina Employment Status

70.5%

Labor Force Participation

67.4%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Wake County, North Carolina Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

43.61%

Born in North Carolina

86.77%

Native Born

13.23%

Foreign Born

7.57%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

86.77% of Wake County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 43.61% having been born in North Carolina. 7.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

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