Wake County NC Information


Wake County Subdivisions

Wake County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,023,520
Population in Households 1,002,882
Population in Familes 804,753
Population in Group Qrtrs 20,638
Population Density1 1,226
Diversity Index2 62


Total Households 389,172
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 253,164
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 418,857 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 242,479 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 146,693 (35.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 29,685 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $248,535
Average Home Value $302,991


Median Household Income $68,962
Average Household Income $91,666
Per Capita Income $35,115
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.06% 2.26%
Households 1.92% 2.17%
Families 1.75% 2.08%
Median Household Income   2.33%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Wake County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wake County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 99th
Population Density1 # 2 99th
Diversity Index2 # 21 80th
Median Household Income # 1 100th
Per Capita Income # 2 99th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.