Centrally located in the Triangle area of North Carolina, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the second-most populous county in the state with approximately 1,132,250 residents. The County was founded in 1771, currently encompasses about 860 square miles, and is the center of the state government, with the Capitol Building, legislature, and many government offices located in Raleigh, the County seat. Wake County is a thriving community whose population has grown approximately 142% since 1990, 52% since 2000, 14% since 2010 and is forecasted to maintain substantial growth of approximately 25,000 new residents per year for the next few decades.
General Quick Facts:
- Urban population and percent of total population: 805,993/81% (July 1, 2014)
- Rural population and percent of total population: 192,698/19% (July 1, 2014)
Wake County is part of the Research Triangle Park, one of the nation’s largest planned research development communities. It has received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live and work, best business climates, and best places to earn a world-class education, among others. The region is home to some of the world’s largest corporations as well as many start-up businesses.