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Raleigh, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Raleigh is the 2nd largest city in North Carolina with a population of 434,891 as of July 1, 2015. Raleigh ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Raleigh is located at latitude 35.8306 and longitude -78.6418 in Wake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Raleigh (see map below) encompass a land area of 144.12 sq. miles and a water area of 1.08 sq. miles. Wake County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 315 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Raleigh are located in Wake County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Durham County.

The City of Raleigh (GNIS ID: 2404590) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Raleigh is located within Township of Raleigh, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Raleigh population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Raleigh: Wake Court House.

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Raleigh, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 434,891
Population in Households 415,513
Population in Familes 299,213
Population in Group Qrtrs 19,378
Population Density1 3,043
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 175,564
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 97,323
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 189,165 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 89,633 (47.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 85,932 (45.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,601 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $240,103
Average Home Value $309,388


Median Household Income $54,076
Average Household Income $76,936
Per Capita Income $31,335
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.42% 1.75%
Households 1.42% 1.84%
Families 1.25% 1.65%
Median Household Income   2.34%
Per Capita Income   2.34%
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.


Raleigh, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Raleigh to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 100th
Population Density1 # 3 100th
Diversity Index2 # 83 89th
Median Household Income # 130 83rd
Per Capita Income # 92 88th

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