Map of the United States with North Carolina highlighted

North Carolina is a state located in the Southern United States. According to the 2020 United States census, North Carolina is the 9th-most populous state with 10,439,388 inhabitants, but the 28th-largest by land area spanning 53,819 square miles (139,390 km2) of land.[1][2] North Carolina is divided into 100 counties and contains 552 municipalities consisting of cities, towns, or villages.[3] The three different terms have no legal distinction.

Most populous municipalities

 †  County seat
 ††  State capital and county seat

Below is a list of the 50 most populous municipalities in North Carolina according to the 2020 census and 2022 census estimate.[4]

Name Population (2022) Population (2020) Change Type County
Charlotte † 897,720 874,579 +2.65% City Mecklenburg
Raleigh †† 476,587 467,665 +1.91% City Wake (seat), Durham
Greensboro † 301,115 299,035 +0.70% City Guilford
Durham † 291,928 283,506 +2.97% City Durham (seat), Wake, Orange
Winston-Salem † 251,350 249,545 +0.72% City Forsyth
Fayetteville † 208,873 208,501 +0.18% City Cumberland
Cary 180,388 174,721 +3.24% Town Wake, Chatham
Wilmington † 120,324 115,451 +4.22% City New Hanover
High Point 115,067 114,059 +0.88% City Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth
Concord † 109,896 105,240 +4.42% City Cabarrus
Asheville † 93,776 94,589 −0.86% City Buncombe
Greenville † 89,233 87,521 +1.96% City Pitt
Gastonia † 82,653 80,411 +2.79% City Gaston
Apex 71,065 58,780 +20.90% Town Wake
Jacksonville † 70,420 72,723 −3.17% City Onslow
Huntersville 63,035 61,376 +2.70% Town Mecklenburg
Chapel Hill 62,098 61,960 +0.22% Town Orange, Durham
Burlington 59,287 55,481 +6.86% City Alamance
Kannapolis 55,448 53,114 +4.39% City Cabarrus, Rowan
Rocky Mount 54,013 54,341 −0.60% City Edgecombe, Nash
Mooresville 52,656 50,193 +4.91% Town Iredell
Wake Forest 51,113 47,601 +7.38% Town Wake, Franklin
Wilson † 47,606 47,851 −0.51% City Wilson
Holly Springs 45,945 41,239 +11.41% Town Wake
Hickory 44,084 43,490 +1.37% City Catawba, Burke, Caldwell
Indian Trail 41,724 39,997 +4.32% Town Union
Fuquay-Varina 40,810 34,152 +19.50% Town Wake
Monroe † 36,018 34,562 +4.21% City Union
Salisbury † 35,808 35,540 +0.75% City Rowan
Garner 33,669 31,159 +8.06% Town Wake
Goldsboro † 33,215 33,657 −1.31% City Wayne
Cornelius 32,294 31,412 +2.81% Town Mecklenburg
New Bern † 31,539 31,291 +0.79% City Craven
Morrisville 31,493 29,630 +6.29% Town Wake, Durham
Sanford † 31,224 30,261 +3.18% City Lee
Matthews 30,124 29,435 +2.34% Town Mecklenburg
Statesville † 29,681 28,419 +4.44% City Iredell
Clayton 29,445 26,307 +11.93% Town Johnston, Wake
Leland 28,591 22,908 +24.81% Town Brunswick
Kernersville 27,763 26,449 +4.97% Town Forsyth, Guilford
Asheboro † 27,482 27,156 +1.20% City Randolph
Thomasville 27,399 27,183 +0.79% City Davidson, Randolph
Mint Hill 27,143 26,450 +2.62% Town Mecklenburg, Union
Waxhaw 22,533 20,534 +9.74% Town Union
Shelby † 21,855 21,918 −0.29% City Cleveland
Clemmons 21,823 21,163 +3.12% Village Forsyth
Carrboro 21,298 21,295 +0.01% Town Orange
Harrisburg 19,822 18,967 +4.51% Town Cabarrus
Boone † 19,756 19,092 +3.48% Town Watauga
Knightdale 19,703 19,435 +1.38% Town Wake

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See also

References

  1. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  2. ^ "North Carolina | Capital, Map, History, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "How NC Cities Work". North Carolina League of Municipalities. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  4. ^ "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2022". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. Archived from the original on July 11, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2023.