Cities in Wake County, North Carolina by Population (2024)

There are 22 cities in Wake County, North Carolina.

Note: As defined by the US Census Bureau, a city's official boundaries often extend miles beyond the city itself and may even cross county lines. As such, several thousand US cities officially exist in two or more counties (and therefore appear on multiple counties' lists of cities.)

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2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Raleigh1North Carolina487,942465,3541.17%3,265149.45
Durham2North Carolina300,100284,4441.32%2,570116.75
Cary3North Carolina181,754174,7780.97%3,02360.13
Apex4North Carolina74,59965,1013.29%2,90225.71
Wake Forest5North Carolina55,78849,9822.67%2,84119.64
Holly Springs6North Carolina47,83641,5763.38%2,52418.95
Fuquay-Varina7North Carolina46,90734,5477.05%2,45819.09
Garner8North Carolina36,60531,2453.8%1,91119.16
Morrisville9North Carolina32,30629,8921.9%3,5239.17
Clayton10North Carolina31,39026,6933.89%1,87516.74
Knightdale11North Carolina20,54719,4571.34%2,2209.26
Wendell12North Carolina15,8729,98410.22%1,8158.75
Rolesville13North Carolina11,8279,7054.69%1,9376.11
Zebulon14North Carolina10,1897,0368.38%1,6746.08
Butner15North Carolina8,1557,9650.58%59113.79
Angier16North Carolina7,8095,7047.22%1,7614.43
Archer Lodge17North Carolina5,5424,8343.3%6119.07
Creedmoor18North Carolina5,0654,9080.78%9315.44
Lillington19North Carolina4,6434,839-1.04%6487.17
Wilson's Mills20North Carolina2,9092,5533.16%4566.38
Youngsville21North Carolina2,3632,0743.14%1,2761.85
Middlesex22North Carolina9459210.64%9041.04

Note: City markers shown outside the county boundary mean that a part of the city extends into this county, but is primarily located in an adjacent county.

What is the largest city in Wake County, North Carolina?

Raleigh is the largest city in Wake County.

What is the smallest city in Wake County, North Carolina?

Middlesex is the smallest city in Wake County.

How many cities are in Wake County?

There are 22 cities in Wake County, North Carolina.

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