Raleigh, North Carolina - Basic Facts

Raleigh is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Raleigh.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Wake County at latitude 35.7721 and longitude -78.6386. Wake County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 315 feet.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Raleigh: Wake Court House.

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Raleigh, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 429,609
Population in Households 410,129
Population in Familes 296,254
Population in Group Qrtrs 19,480
Population Density1 3,006
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 173,240
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 96,225
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 186,717 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 89,583 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 83,657 (44.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 13,477 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $235,547
Average Home Value $302,784


Median Household Income $53,099
Average Household Income $74,590
Per Capita Income $30,369
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


Population 1.46% 1.81%
Households 1.44% 1.89%
Families 1.27% 1.69%
Median Household Income   2.68%
Per Capita Income   2.35%
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, 2014 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 DescriptionRankPercentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 3 100th
Diversity Index2 # 80 89th
Median Household Income # 123 83rd
Per Capita Income # 86 88th

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