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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 457,182 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Raleigh: Wake Court House.

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Raleigh, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 457,182
Daytime Population: Workers 338,631
Daytime Population: Residents 216,879
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 555,510
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.22
Population in Households 437,679
Population in Familes 313,895
Population in Group Qrtrs 19,503
Population Density2 3,172
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $56,488
Average Household Income $81,913
Per Capita Income $33,426


Total Housing Units 198,170 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 92,328 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 91,764 (46.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 14,078 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $232,348
Average Home Value $294,620


Total Households 184,092
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 101,204
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.71% 1.9%
Households 1.68% 1.91%
Families 1.44% 1.7%
Median Household Income   2.61%
Per Capita Income   2.42%

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, 2017 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 Density # 3 100th
Diversity Index # 83 89th
Median Household Income # 120 84th
Per Capita Income # 89 88th

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