For first time, Wake County tops Mecklenburg County in estimated NC population
North Carolina has a new population leader.
Mecklenburg County is no longer the state’s most populous county, new U.S. Census Bureau estimates show.
After years of creeping up on Mecklenburg, Wake County, which includes Raleigh, finally overtook it — 1.13 million to 1.12 million.
The change came after Wake grew by 1.75% from 2019-20 and Mecklenburg grew by 1.41%, according to annual population estimates released Tuesday. The census bureau has yet to release an official population count, which will be detailed in the 2020 Census.