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Raleigh Population Cracks U.S. Top 50

Posted July 27, 2007

— Thousands of new residents in recent months have pushed Raleigh into the Top 50 cities nationwide in terms of population, city officials said Friday.

The Planning Department's Growth Management Division estimated Raleigh's population as of July 1 reached 367,995 people, a 4 percent increase from the estimated 353,600 city residents a year ago.

Estimates are based on the number of dwellings, the average number of people per dwelling, and the dwelling occupancy/vacancy averages.

The growth pushed Raleigh past Wichita, Kan., to become the 50th-largest city in the country.

Raleigh is now the ninth-largest city in the South behind Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Charlotte; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn; Atlanta; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Miami.

“Raleigh continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States,” Raleigh Planning Director Mitchell Silver said in a statement. "If our growth rate continues, we project that Raleigh will pass Arlington, Texas, Minneapolis and Colorado Springs, Colo., next year.”

In 2006, Raleigh passed Tampa, Fla., Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis in population, Silver said.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates lag one year behind local estimates.


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  • Nancy Jul 29, 2007

    Here are one of the reasons for this population surge:

    For every two people who move to Wake County, another arrives as the ultimate newcomer -- a newborn.

    In all, nearly 13,000 babies were born last year to Wake residents -- an average of about 35 a day. No other Triangle county averages more than a dozen births daily.

    It's not uncommon for either WakeMed Raleigh Campus or Rex Hospital to see the arrival of more than 20 babies in a day -- enough from one maternity ward to fill a future kindergarten class.

    Between 2001 and 2006, births to Hispanic Wake residents soared 72 percent -- from 1,396 to 2,400 -- while all births rose 20 percent. Babies to Hispanic parents accounted for about 19 percent of births to all Wake residents in 2006.

    source: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/653258.html

  • North Carolina Native Jul 29, 2007

    Southwestraleigh - i've lived here all of my life and so has my whole family. I've never once seen a rope in a tree. My grandmother was Cherokee and never lived on a reservation. There isn't a whole lot of southern hospitality unless you get to know people. I can't even count the times in the grocery that I have walked in front of someone and said excuse me and they just stand there and don't even aknowledge that I exist. And rude cashiers are just a icing on the cake. But i'm told by my "yankee" father in law that it's the same way up north. Southern Hospitality is just a stereotype anyway.

  • weasleyes Jul 28, 2007

    My bad! I forgot pro basketball, but with the ACC?????

  • weasleyes Jul 28, 2007

    Lolly and GoPanthers (I love that name): Amen! I am NC born and bred, but I welcome all of these people. With growth comes things like the magnificent RBC, pro football, pro hockey, and many other wonderful things. Why can't we just all love each other as people? Now, concerning the civic center, who wants to hold a convention in Raleigh?

  • Nancy Jul 28, 2007

    For those concerned with the growth issues, please read my blog:


  • claudnc Jul 28, 2007

    WHat is funny to me is that a person from the north can move here to the south and make a smooth transition. Let a person from the south move to the north for whatever reason and they are sooooo lost. Its like they dont know if they are coming or going. Thats probably why you guys have such a problem with change..ie growth. Get over yourselves

  • seeingthru Jul 28, 2007

    lived here since 1981 and this place is a bloody mess now.

  • Tacoma Jul 28, 2007

    I moved down here from Upstate NY 6 years ago and have never once heard anyone call me a "yankee" or tell me to go back where I came from. All this hatred only seems to exist on message boards like this where people can make comments from behind a computer screen. You could call me a yankee to my face and I'll probably just laugh it off, that's not even a term us northerners identify with.

  • lolly Jul 28, 2007

    Hey Gopanthers - spoken like a true southerner. You reply with kindness to those who are rude. (Bless their hearts:D) I am glad that you and your family will be back in NC soon.

    Wolfpack grad - Yay NCSU.

  • S82R Jul 28, 2007

    uhmmm.... how is all of this population growth a good thing?