Wake County, North Carolina (NC)

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County population in 2012: 952,151 (94% urban, 6% rural); it was 627,846 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 187,849
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 37,305
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 159,456
Renter-occupied apartments: 120,491 (it was 82,584 in 2000)
% of renters here:

34%
State:

33%

Land area: 832 sq. mi.

Water area: 25.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 1118 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Wake County: 95.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (34.1%), Educational, health and social services (11.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.8%), Manufacturing (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 75%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 21%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wake County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (62.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (20.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (9.8%)
  • Asian alone (5.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 438,792  (34.6%)
Females: 462,201  (65.4%)

Wake County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Wake County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $65,160 ($54,988 in 1999)

This county:

$65160
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $804 (lower quartile is $664, upper quartile is $1,006)
This county:

$804
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $224,100 (it was $156,200 in 2000)
Wake:

$224,100
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $156,500 - $342,700

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $294,276
Here:

$294,276
State:

$219,576

Townhouses or other attached units: $180,195
Here:

$180,195
State:

$173,086

In 2-unit structures: $158,613
Here:

$158,613
State:

$165,738

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $186,666
Here:

$186,666
State:

$149,371

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $187,924
Here:

$187,924
State:

$175,668

Mobile homes: $78,384
Here:

$78,384
State:

$64,697
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,440
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $451

Institutionalized population: 6,279

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

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Health of residents in Wake County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.7. This is better than average.
81.9% of residents exercised in the past month. This is more than average.
39.4% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
81.1% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
77.3% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 165 pounds. This is more than average.
23.4% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 7967 buildings, average cost: $143,700
  • 2001: 8444 buildings, average cost: $143,100
  • 2002: 8580 buildings, average cost: $141,900
  • 2003: 8385 buildings, average cost: $149,700
  • 2004: 10066 buildings, average cost: $164,300
  • 2005: 11534 buildings, average cost: $183,500
  • 2006: 10939 buildings, average cost: $215,200
  • 2007: 10424 buildings, average cost: $212,400
  • 2008: 5246 buildings, average cost: $218,300
  • 2009: 3600 buildings, average cost: $182,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,923 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,883 (0.9%)

Wake County household income distribution in 2009 Wake County home values distribution Wake County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.7%
(5.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.6% for Black residents, 27.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 16.7% for American Indian residents, 15.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 25.8% for other race residents, 9.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.7%
Wake County:

10.7%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(5.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.6% for Black residents, 27.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.8% for American Indian residents, 15.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 24.3% for other race residents, 9.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 36 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Area name: Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wake County is $734 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $817 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1027 a month.

Cities in this county include: Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wendell.

Wake County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2005 air pollution in Wake County:

Carbon Monoxide: 2 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.101 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.085 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 56 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 12.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 29 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Wake County: Camp Kanata (A), New Life Camp (B), Knights Crossroads (C), Dennis Crossroads (D), Bev Jones Crossroads (E), Zebulon Country Club (F), Rogers Store (G), Hidden Valley Country Club (H), Garner Country Club (I), Wildwood Country Club (J), Meadowbrook Country Club (K), Adams Crossroads (L), Dorton Arena (M), Abundant Life Child Care Center (N), Raleigh Fire Station Number 27 (O), Raleigh Fire Station Number 26 (P), Raleigh Fire Station Number 12 (Q), Word of God Christian Day Care Center (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Swift Creek Shopping Center (1), North Station Shopping Center (2), Beaver Creek Commons Shopping Center (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Wake County include: Word of God Fellowship Church (A), Wentworth Christian Church (B), Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church (C), Wake Chapel Baptist Church (D), Vision Baptist Church (E), Victory Baptist Church (F), Hephzibah Church (G), True-Way Holiness Church (H), Triangle Community Church First Church of God (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Turner Cemetery (1), Jeridan Cemetery (2), Doub Cemetery (3), Wakefield Cemetery (4), Hilliard Cemetery (5), Jones Cemetery (6), Macedonia Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Woodys Lake (A), Gerringer-Goodman Pond (B), Dover Pond A (C), NCSU Pond Number One (D), Dix Hill Conference Center Pond (E), Noname (F), NC State University Farm Pond Number Two (G), Penny Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dutchmans Branch (A), Cedar Fork (B), Crabtree Creek (C), Clark Branch (D), Cedar Creek (E), Cary Branch (F), Camp Branch (G), Buckhorn Creek (H), Basal Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Wake County include: Falls Lake State Recreation Area (1), Research Triangle State Park (2), Carter Stadium (3), Marsh Creek Park (4), Lake Wheeler Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Chatham County , Durham County , Franklin County , Granville County , Harnett County , Johnston County , Nash County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.1%
North Carolina:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 51,713
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 89.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 43.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 60,602 (27% naturalized citizens)

Wake County:

9.7%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 27,730
  • 1990 to 1994: 11,264
  • 1985 to 1989: 6,745
  • 1980 to 1984: 5,366
  • 1975 to 1979: 3,443
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,782
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,418
  • 1965 to 1969: 2,854

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.5%

Wake County marital status for males Wake County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Wake County with a mortgage: 117,292 (12,577 second mortgage, 22,177 home equity loan, 587 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 22,185

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Wake County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant164,661445
Mainline Protestant99,508131
Catholic99,12617
Other35,76772
Black Protestant16,47642
Orthodox2,6505
None482,805-
Wake County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 176
Wake County:

2.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 10
Here:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 68
This county:

0.82 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 281
Wake County:

3.39 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 648
This county:

7.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Wake County:

7.8%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Wake County:

27.0%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.3%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Wake County:

Average size of farms: 110 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $66,520
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1539.20
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 30.23%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 25.32%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $53,149
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 29.42%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 15.87%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $47,769
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.48%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.39
Corn for grain: 930 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 3100 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 9528 harvested acres
Vegetables: 270 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 80 acres

Tornado activity:

Wake County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Carolina state average. It is 3396001.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 5 fatalities and 187 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 11/28/1988, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 4 people and injured 154 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wake County-area historical earthquake activity is near North Carolina state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 130.9 miles away from Wake County center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 254.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 217.4 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 335.7 miles away from the county center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 207.2 miles away from Wake County center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 205.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Wake County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 5, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Droughts: 2, Floods: 2, Ice Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Freeze: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (27%)
  • India (8%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • Vietnam (3%)
  • Korea (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Wake County (%):

  • English (12%)
  • United States or American (11%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Wake County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 274,674 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 37,823 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3,340 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 30 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 44 (0%)
  • Railroad: 42 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 18 (0%)
  • Taxi: 679 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 306 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 643 (0%)
  • Walked: 5,847 (2%)
  • Other means: 2,419 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 12,737 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Wake County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 10,909 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,611 people in state prisons
  • 2,344 people in nursing homes
  • 1,433 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 593 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 497 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 330 people in other group homes
  • 110 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 106 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 52 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 49 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 48 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 44 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 27 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 25 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 24 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 19 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 7 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 6 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 4 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Wake County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 12,617 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,290 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2,228 people in state prisons
  • 938 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 694 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 639 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 416 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 352 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 331 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 262 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 71 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 61 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 42 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 36 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $73,584.

7.53% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,020 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.53%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($369 average AGI)
Wake County:

0.04%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

3.53% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($18,609 average AGI)
3.95% relocated from other states ($31,042 average AGI)
Wake County:

3.95%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Durham County, NC  0.66% ($46,913 average AGI)
from Johnston County, NC  0.36% ($34,535)
from Guilford County, NC  0.18% ($36,864)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.18% ($51,808)
from Franklin County, NC  0.17% ($33,873)
from Orange County, NC  0.15% ($49,183)
from New Hanover County, NC  0.13% ($37,816)


6.28% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($52,082 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.28%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($859 average AGI)
Wake County:

0.08%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

3.09% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($20,163 average AGI)
3.11% relocated to other states ($31,060 average AGI)
Wake County:

3.11%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Durham County, NC  0.63% ($41,891 average AGI)
to Johnston County, NC  0.43% ($37,821)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.20% ($41,372)
to Franklin County, NC  0.17% ($38,020)
to Orange County, NC  0.13% ($45,922)
to Harnett County, NC  0.13% ($32,181)
to New Hanover County, NC  0.12% ($41,689)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.2
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.3

Births per 1000 population in Wake County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 4.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Wake County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2012: 6.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Wake County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 63,470 (53,101 aged, 10,369 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.56
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9663.250
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 211.670
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35367.88

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1625.770
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 500.920
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.67

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 48.72
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 100.290

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.82
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 39.9. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 26.1
  • Other - 13.8

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 77.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 41.5
  • Poisoning - 18.0
  • Suffocation - 13.0
  • Other - 4.9

Household type by relationship:

Households: 880,010

Size of family households: 89,639 2-persons, 54,718 3-persons, 50,737 4-persons, 20,787 5-persons, 7,193 6-persons, 4,043 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 90,976 1-person, 21,538 2-persons, 3,800 3-persons, 1,747 4-persons, 307 5-persons, 98 6-persons, 62 7-or-more-persons.

116,598 married couples with children.
29,794 single-parent households (5,486 men, 24,308 women).

87.8% of residents of Wake County speak English at home.
5.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (39% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 28% speak English not well, 17% don't speak English at all).
3.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,627,613,000 ($6432 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $314,361,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,242,032,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $436,821,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $24,164,000
Federal grants: $2,347,019,000
Federal procurement contracts: $211,982,000 ($86,990,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $365,595,000 ($89,479,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $324,787,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $916,337,000
Federal Government insurance: $453,841,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 58,046
Here:

78 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 18,156
Here:

24 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +23,513
Here:

+31 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +54,604
Here:

+73 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Wake County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 72.76 millions of gallons per day (7% from ground, 93% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 13,055
  • 2000 to 2004: 120,715
  • 1990 to 1999: 96,289
  • 1980 to 1989: 68,820
  • 1970 to 1979: 38,292
  • 1960 to 1969: 24,354
  • 1950 to 1959: 15,486
  • 1940 to 1949: 5,683
  • 1939 or earlier: 9,347
Rooms in houses/apartments in Wake County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 73
  • 2 rooms: 609
  • 3 rooms: 3,053
  • 4 rooms: 9,782
  • 5 rooms: 28,084
  • 6 rooms: 33,050
  • 7 rooms: 28,218
  • 8 rooms: 24,153
  • 9+ rooms: 32,434
  • 1 room: 2,668
  • 2 rooms: 8,150
  • 3 rooms: 16,126
  • 4 rooms: 26,245
  • 5 rooms: 17,732
  • 6 rooms: 7,080
  • 7 rooms: 2,553
  • 8 rooms: 1,062
  • 9+ rooms: 968
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Wake County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 193
  • 1 bedroom: 1,791
  • 2 bedrooms: 19,665
  • 3 bedrooms: 85,051
  • 4 bedrooms: 44,256
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8,500
  • no bedroom: 3,265
  • 1 bedroom: 22,906
  • 2 bedrooms: 37,551
  • 3 bedrooms: 15,996
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,436
  • 5+ bedrooms: 430
Cars and other vehicles available in Wake County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 3,036
  • 1 vehicle: 35,881
  • 2 vehicles: 82,609
  • 3 vehicles: 29,281
  • 4 vehicles: 6,760
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,889
  • no vehicle: 8,782
  • 1 vehicle: 41,701
  • 2 vehicles: 25,533
  • 3 vehicles: 4,866
  • 4 vehicles: 1,262
  • 5+ vehicles: 440

44% of Wake County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 36% lived in North Carolina.

Wake County:

43.7%
State average:

54.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $153,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Wake County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (51.5%)
  • Electricity (37.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.8%)
  • Electricity (69.8%)
  • Utility gas (22.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 7,269
Here:

10.0%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,328
Here:

10.9%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 8,532
Here:

20.7%
North Carolina:

20.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Wake County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $40,076,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $218,983,000
    General - Other: $55,491,000
    Other Higher Education: $13,750,000
    Libraries: $12,119,000
    Correctional Institutions: $8,029,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,824,000
    Health - Other: $882,000
    Solid Waste Management: $24,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $884,003,000
    Health - Other: $147,297,000
    Other Higher Education: $65,652,000
    General - Other: $51,286,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $47,971,000
    Liquor Stores: $36,843,000
    Police Protection: $27,024,000
    Correctional Institutions: $22,148,000
    Solid Waste Management: $16,820,000
    General Public Buildings: $16,112,000
    Local Fire Protection: $15,251,000
    Libraries: $13,901,000
    Parks and Recreation: $12,058,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,840,000
    Financial Administration: $8,364,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,214,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $347,000
    Housing and Community Development: $285,000
    Parking Facilities: $264,000
    Sewerage: $79,000
    Water Utilities: $34,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $115,345,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $118,541,000
    Health - Other: $190,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $23,278,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $7,180,000
    Other Higher Education: $2,003,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $590,000
    Police Protection: $520,000
    Health - Other: $128,000
    General Public Building: $116,000
    Central Staff Services: $77,000
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000
    Correctional Institutions: $51,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $35,000
    Financial Administration: $20,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $788,093,000

Wake County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $79,967,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $21,138,000
    Solid Waste Management: $19,916,000
    Higher Education - Other: $11,932,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $5,164,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $3,636,000
    Parking Facilities: $945,000
    Sewerage: $228,000
    Parks and Recreation: $137,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $10,913,000
    Education: $3,620,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,926,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $2,052,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,117,000
    All Other: $360,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $66,747,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $7,370,000
    Rents: $303,000
    Special Assessments: $58,000
    Sale of Property: $20,000
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $47,243,000
    Transit Utilities: $509,000
    Water Utilities: $98,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $656,782,000
    Public Welfare: $66,261,000
    All Other: $23,355,000
    Health and Hospitals: $20,625,000
    Housing and Community Development: $4,624,000
    General Local Government Support: $797,000
  • Tax - Property: $481,259,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $139,001,000
    Other Selective Sales: $26,532,000
    NEC: $9,333,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $4,786,000
    Other License: $3,645,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,622,000

Wake County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,089,150,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,060,381,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $581,609,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $580,493,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $105,400,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $76,631,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,116,000

Wake County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $452,615,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $644,260,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Wake County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Wake County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 105 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4,823$178,7247,699$227,76932,104$219,876635$128,37239$2,316,2561,677$175,993153$83,948
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED217$177,415446$247,7782,147$225,974118$60,3983$143,333122$162,72131$80,194
APPLICATIONS DENIED570$167,481823$203,0796,448$219,499535$49,0774$5,789,500519$149,341116$74,724
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN520$175,4941,033$227,9055,249$212,351139$129,1015$6,936,600338$151,71927$82,741
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS91$164,418153$233,2611,522$219,30795$81,2110$075$157,57312$91,250
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 104 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,288$242,5071,343$231,91731$197,290
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED348$266,954394$229,62726$179,462
APPLICATIONS DENIED142$249,493215$235,9727$228,857
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN72$222,611107$225,0376$207,667
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS34$237,97128$272,50012$195,500

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Wake County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James2,46070.5 years
William2,21771.9 years
Mary2,16178.6 years
John1,90073.1 years
Robert1,46571.0 years
Charles94371.7 years
George83173.3 years
Margaret79779.5 years
Joseph75572.7 years
Thomas71671.2 years
Most common last names in Wake County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones1,27273.2 years
Smith1,21173.9 years
Williams1,03173.2 years
Johnson99273.9 years
Davis54174.4 years
Harris51071.3 years
Brown48274.7 years
Perry46673.3 years
Moore43875.2 years
Wilson42374.3 years
Businesses in Wake County, NC
NameCountNameCount
ALDI3Just Tires12
ALDO3Justice6
AMF Bowling3KFC15
AT&T21Kincaid1
Abercrombie & Fitch3Kmart5
Abercrombie Kids2Kohl's7
Ace Hardware10Kroger11
Advance Auto Parts16La Quinta5
Aeropostale4La-Z-Boy4
Aerosoles1Lane Bryant6
American Eagle Outfitters4Lane Furniture7
Ann Taylor5LensCrafters5
Apple Store2Little Caesars Pizza8
Applebee's8Long John Silver's1
Arby's10Lowe's10
Ashley Furniture1Macy's4
Audi2Marriott16
AutoZone14Marshalls3
Avenue2MasterBrand Cabinets42
BMW1McDonald's47
Bakers2Men's Wearhouse9
Banana Republic2Microtel1
Barnes & Noble5Motel 61
Baskin-Robbins10Motherhood Maternity9
Bath & Body Works9New Balance17
Bebe2New York & Co4
Bed Bath & Beyond5Nike66
Ben & Jerry's2Nissan3
Best Western3Nordstrom2
Blockbuster14Office Depot4
Brooks Brothers1OfficeMax6
Brookstone3Old Navy5
Budget Car Rental2Olive Garden3
Buffalo Wild Wings2On The Border2
Burger King23Outback4
CVS28Outback Steakhouse4
Cache3Pac Sun3
Cambria1Panda Express1
CarMax1Panera Bread9
Caribou Coffee5Papa John's Pizza11
Casual Male XL1Payless8
Catherines3Penske6
Charlotte Russe4PetSmart8
Chevrolet4Pier 1 Imports6
Chick-Fil-A23Pizza Hut12
Chico's5Plato's Closet3
Chipotle3Pottery Barn2
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pottery Barn Kids1
Cinnabon 2Qdoba Mexican Grill5
Circle K2Quality1
Clarion1Quiznos20
Clarks1RadioShack12
Cold Stone Creamery5Ramada1
Coldwater Creek3Red Lobster2
Comfort Inn5Red Robin4
Comfort Suites3Red Roof Inn3
Costco1Rite Aid29
Cracker Barrel2Rooms To Go2
Crate & Barrel1Ruby Tuesday4
Cricket Wireless24Rue213
Crossland Economy Studios1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing3
Curves9SAS Shoes3
Dairy Queen7SONIC Drive-In6
Days Inn5Saks Fifth Avenue1
Decora Cabinetry1Sam's Club3
Dennys1Sears12
Discount Tire6Sephora2
Domino's Pizza22Sheraton1
DressBarn2Shoe Carnival3
Dressbarn2Sleep Inn3
Dunkin Donuts22Soma Intimates2
Econo Lodge3Spencer Gifts3
Eddie Bauer2Sprint Nextel23
Express4Staples7
Extended Stay America3Starbucks40
Extended Stay Deluxe1Steak 'n Shake1
FedEx178Studio Plus Deluxe Studios3
Finish Line3Subaru2
Firestone Complete Auto Care10Subway42
Foot Locker3Super 83
Ford4T-Mobile28
Forever 212T.G.I. Driday's4
GNC25T.J.Maxx5
GameStop16Taco Bell19
Gap4Talbots4
Goodwill3Target12
Gymboree4The Athlete's Foot4
H&M1The Cheesecake Factory2
H&R Block22The Limited2
Haagen-Dazs1The Room Place2
Hardee's10Toyota3
Havertys Furniture2Toys"R"Us4
Haworth1Trader Joe's2
Hilton17True Value1
Holiday Inn16U-Haul43
Hollister Co.4UPS213
Home Depot7Urban Outfitters1
Homestead Studio Suites4Vans5
Honda3Verizon Wireless16
Hot Topic2Victoria's Secret4
Hyatt4Volkswagen2
Hyundai2Waffle House10
IHOP7Walgreens20
IZOD1Walmart11
InTown Suites1Wendy's14
J. Jill3Wet Seal2
J.Crew2Whole Foods Market3
JCPenney3Wingate3
JoS. A. Bank3YMCA10
Jones New York38Z Gallerie1
Journeys4

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