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New Estimates Project 27,000 More Wake Students Than Previously Thought

Posted February 15, 2005

— Space is limited and getting tighter every day in Wake County Schools. Now, a new report brings more bad news. The school system now predicts 187,000 students in 15 years, which is 27,000 more than projected.

Wake County is the 24th largest school district in the nation and the population boom just got a fresh burst of new numbers projected by the year 2020.

The map of Wake County is changing all the time because every single day 63 new people move into the area, and when it comes to new schools Apex, Holly Springs, Garner and Wakefield are the hot spots.

Planning director Melanie Wilson calculated the latest projections, but she warns the further into the future you go, the margin of error increases.

"It's not an exact science," Wilson said. "I can't stress that enough."

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