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Wake County is largest in state for 2020 Census + more early numbers

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The U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 data on Thursday.

Why it matters: The Decennial (or every 10 years) Census is important, since it seeks to count every person living in a place and details about our community. The 10-year Census then serves as a building block for other data sets.

Here are a few early numbers to know:

Wake County grew 25.4% between 2010 and 2020, according to the data.

  • 2020 Total Population: 1,129,410
  • 2010 Total Population: 900,993

Wake County is the largest county in North Carolina, beating Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), which is at 1,115,482 people. The largest population number was expected, as Wake County passed Mecklenburg with the 2019 estimates.

It’s the fourth fastest growing county in North Carolina, according to Carolina Demography’s post. The fastest is our neighbor, Johnston County, which includes Clayton. Johnston County grew 28% to our 25%, while Durham and Mecklenburg counties both grew 21%.

What else do you want to know? We’ll be digging into the numbers in the days to come. Email editor@raleighconvergence.com.

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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