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Wake to add 1 millionth resident this week

Posted August 18, 2014

— Wake County is on pace to reach 1 million residents this week, and the county commissioners will celebrate that milestone Monday at their meeting.

Wake County has long been one of the fastest-growing counties nationwide. In the last census, in 2010, the population was estimated at about 901,000. Now the county is poised to add another digit. 

Commissioners estimated that Wake gets 25,000 new residents every year or 62 per day.

Of those:

  • 22 are babies born in Wake County;
  • 31 people move to the county from other states or from elsewhere in North Carolina; 
  • and nine people per day move in from other countries.

"Our hospitals report that births equal about one kindergarten class per day in Wake County, so that kind of growth is really phenomenal," Wake County Superintendent of Schools Jim Merrill said.

An estimated 156,000 students – on year-round and traditional calendars – attend public school in Wake County, Merrill said.

After they graduate, about 30 percent of Wake County high school graduates go on to Wake Tech, administrators there said Monday.

Wake Tech's fall semester began Monday with record enrollment of 22,000 students.

About half of Wake County's population lives in either Raleigh or Cary. 

As those communities become more crowded, Apex, Holly Springs and Wake Forest are growing in popularity and population as well.

And there is no expectation that the growth will slow. County commissioners expect the population to double again – to two million – in just another 40 years. 

Wake County population, by age group

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North Carolina county-by-county population growth

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  • Joseph Smith Aug 18, 2014
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    This is nothing to celebrate. Nothing more than increased traffic,subdivisions and strip malls...nothing more.

  • Classified Aug 18, 2014

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    What better way to make the right decisions for the future than to enlist the expertise of consultants. Sounds like the proper approach, that’s why you need them.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 18, 2014

    All while Wake schools are bursting at the seams while presenting so many, generally politically-motivated, shortcomings for children.
    I see no reason to celebrate this.

  • Brent Phares Aug 18, 2014
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    Doesn't really help that the educated are so concentrated in small areas. It's a national as well as a state problem though. To tip the scales the educated need to spread out.

  • Don Dickerson Aug 18, 2014
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    Ah, the essence of the question...."those in charge". Dear Reader, WE are in charge, though like most bloated populaces, you couldn't tell it from the apathy on the street.
    WE elect County and City Commissioners and WE approve or disapprove local bond measures and WE spend money that proves the economic engines in our lives right or wrong.
    So the next time you watch the news and see a handful or at best a hundred or so fellow citizens at the next open hearing or session of any local town or county council meeting, you think about that. And look closely at those who DO attend. Wouldn't it be a hoot if we all decided to show up for the next meeting?

  • streetglide Aug 18, 2014

    with still no plans for the future, and then the professionals decide to call on consultants for help with population growth, so I ask, then why do we need you ??

  • TheCape Aug 18, 2014

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    Only if the people moving here pay taxes. (or the ones who live here).

  • jmcdow2792 Aug 18, 2014

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    Infrastructure, if you mean roads, schools, water systems and other government provided services, are and likely always will be behind the growth. My opinion is that is just the way of things. A lot of privately funded infrastructure such as utilities, communications systems and others are often in sync with or ahead of growth. The profit motive is the obvious reason. Somehow we seem to manage so lack of infrastructure is not likely to prevent growth.

  • B.c. Jimmy Aug 18, 2014
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    I fled Raleigh in 01' and will leave Wake a few years after I retire. The Raleigh city council recently advocated tax increases to repair potholes. The city is in bad shape if it raises taxes for an essential service.

  • theliberadicator Aug 18, 2014

    "It's time to move this conversation to something worthwhile such as the lack of funds to keep the infrastructure moving in wake county."

    It's been time for that conversation for decades, but those in power don't want to implement or enforce impact fees on those moving here, especially businesses or those profiting from those moving here, developers, builders and realtors.

    How do you suggest getting around that little stumbling block?