Census: Rolesville, Knightdale lead growth in the Triangle

From staff reportsJune 4, 2013 

— Rolesville and Knightdale have become the fastest-growing towns in Wake County, an indication that the population growth that was once concentrated on the west side of the county near Research Triangle Park has spread to the east.

Both towns have grown by more than 10 percent in the two years ending last July, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Two other Wake towns, Morrisville and Fuquay-Varina, grew by just under 10 percent during that time.

The census bureau makes annual population estimates for cities and towns between the comprehensive decennial count, last done in April 2010. Among the other findings from the numbers released Thursday:

• Eight of the top 20 fastest growing towns in the state since the 2010 census were in Wake County.

• Raleigh had an estimated 423,179 residents last year and has passed Omaha to become the 42nd most populous city in the country. Raleigh was the 48th most populous city in 2000.

• Durham grew by more than 10,000 residents, to 239,358, a 4.4 percent increase since 2010. Among cities with more than 100,000 residents in the state, only Cary and Charlotte grew at a faster clip.

• In the year ending last July, more than a third of the state’s 552 cities and towns lost population.

The following chart shows population on July 1, 2012 and the percent change since April 2010.

Wake County

Rolesville: 4,263................... 11.7

Knightdale: 12,724................... 10.4

Fuquay-Varina: 19,929................... 9.8

Morrisville: 20,591................... 9.5

Wake Forest: 32,936................... 8.5

Holly Springs: 26,865................... 7.9

Apex: 40,420................... 7.1

Cary: 145,693................... 6.7

Wendell: 6,155................... 4.6

Raleigh: 423,179................... 4.2

Zebulon: 4,610................... 3.5

Garner: 26,732................... 3.3

Durham County

Durham: 239,358................... 4.4

Orange County

Carrboro: 20,433................... 4.1

Hillsborough: 6,271................... 2.8

Chapel Hill: 58,424................... 1.6

Chatham County

Pittsboro: 3,888................... 3.5

Siler City: 8,158................... 3.2

Johnston County

Clayton: 17,031................... 5.1

Benson: 3,419................... 3

Princeton: 1,234................... 3

Smithfield: 11,339................... 3

Micro: 455................... 2.9

Pine Level: 1,757................... 2.9

Wilson’s Mills: 2,352................... 2.8

Kenly: 1,381................... 2.8

Four Oaks: 1,967................... 2

Selma: 6,185................... 1.6

Franklin County

Louisburg: 3,412................... 1.3

Bunn: 349................... 1.2

Youngsville: 1,173................... 1.1

Franklinton: 2,052................... 1.1

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