Wake County, North Carolina Population 2021

Wake County, North Carolina's estimated population is 1,152,740 with a growth rate of 1.81% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Wake County, North Carolina is the 2nd largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 Population was 906,870 and has seen a growth of 27.11% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20211,152,74020,4901.81%
20201,132,25020,4901.84%
20191,111,76020,4901.88%
20181,091,27019,5601.83%
20171,071,71023,3702.23%
20161,048,34026,0202.55%
20151,022,32024,5322.46%
2014997,78823,5902.42%
2013974,19822,1382.33%
2012952,06023,2732.51%
2011928,78721,9172.42%
2010906,870483,490114.20%
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%
2021 Growth Rate
1.81%
County Website
Founded
June 4, 1771
County Seat
2010 Population
906,870
Growth Since 2010
27.11%
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Wake County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White698,75965.36%
Black or African American218,15120.41%
Asian74,2846.95%
Some Other Race42,0703.94%
Two or More Races31,5372.95%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,8410.36%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4370.04%
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Wake County, North Carolina Population by Race

Wake County, North Carolina Population Pyramid $2021

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Wake County, North Carolina Median Age

36.2


Total

35.3


Male

37.1


Female

Wake County, North Carolina Adults

There are 810,604 adults, (120,379 of whom are seniors) in Wake County, North Carolina.

Wake County, North Carolina Age Dependency

54.9

Age Dependency Ratio

17.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Wake County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

549,285

51.38%

Male

519,794

48.62%

Wake County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

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Wake County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.4%18.6%
All63.9%36.1%
Male49.6%50.4%
Non Family44.7%55.3%
Female43.8%56.2%

63.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Wake County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All400,1722.6263.9
Married208,4883.2181.4
Non Family132,1301.3744.7
Female44,6683.3143.8
Male14,8863.3649.6

3.16

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

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Wake County, North Carolina Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade22,4043.14%
9th to 12th Grade27,5373.86%
High School Graduate107,84815.12%
Some College121,45017.03%
Associates Degree57,6688.09%
Bachelors Degree234,53232.89%
Graduate Degree141,62119.86%
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Wake County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wake County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White455,756443,519273,081
Black139,152125,98146,514
Hispanic56,36636,06212,775
Asian50,20346,52837,289
Other Race22,20712,1793,191
2+ Races12,55811,5826,378
Native American2,5192,009715
Islander334308183

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.32%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 74.28%.

Wake County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$48,733$57,538$41,407
Less Than 9th Grade$22,668$26,894$16,348
High School Graduate$30,567$34,220$25,033
Some College$39,107$45,790$32,975
Bachelors Degree$59,346$76,989$48,095
Graduate Degree$76,753$101,451$60,425

$48,733

Average Earnings

$57,538

Average Male

$41,407

Average Female

Wake County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wake County, North Carolina Language by Age

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Wake County, North Carolina Language

82.79% of Wake County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 17.21% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.25% of the population.

Wake County, North Carolina Language

Wake County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White627,56633,9535.41%
Black212,58631,16414.66%
Hispanic107,10121,60620.17%
Other41,5057,88619.00%
Asian73,3996,3888.70%
Multiple30,9503,59811.63%
Native3,67439810.83%
Islander42912629.37%

9.10%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.51%

Male Poverty Rate

9.65%

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 29.37% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wake County, North Carolina is White, with 5.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.99%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.24%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.06%.

Wake County, North Carolina Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.73%
High School11.52%
Some College6.86%
Bachelors or Greater3.09%

Wake County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed24.85%
Male Unemployed22.83%
Female Employed5.42%
Male Employed4.79%

Wake County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wake County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$80,591$106,822
Families$100,539$126,190
Married Families$118,494$144,509
Non Families$49,698$64,174
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Income by Household Type

Wake County, North Carolina Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

51.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.0%

Male Marriage Rate

49.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Wake County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Wake County, North Carolina Marital Status

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51,269

Number of Veterans

45,393

Male Veterans

5,876

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam15,284
First Gulf War14,519
Second Gulf War11,101
Korea3,294
World War II1,152

Wake County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5416,040
65 to 7411,184
55 to 649,822
75+9,635
18 to 344,588

Wake County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White36,5466.72%
Black12,2487.49%
Hispanic1,9412.86%
2+ Races8975.44%
Asian8361.49%
Other Race4511.67%
Native American2287.84%
Islander6316.54%

Wake County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Wake County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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4.57%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wake County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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70.3%

Labor Force Participation

67.3%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Wake County, North Carolina Employment by Age

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Wake County, North Carolina Employment by Race

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Wake County, North Carolina 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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43.61%

Born in Wake County, North Carolina

86.45%

Native Born

13.55%

Foreign Born

7.70%

Non Citizen

5.85%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.45% of Wake County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 43.61% 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 Asia.

Wake County, North Carolina Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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