Wake County, North Carolina

Wake County is a county located in the state of North Carolina of the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Raleigh, named after Sir Walter Raleigh, an English navigator, explorer and writer and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I.


The County is located just north-east of the geographic center of North Carolina and has an area of 2220 square kilometers, of which 66 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Granville County, Franklin County, Johnston County, Harnett County, Chatham County, Durham County and Nash County.

Wake County is divided into 20 townships: Bartons Creek, Buckhorn, Cary, Cedar Fork, Holly Springs, House Creek, Leesville, Little River, Marks Creek, Meredith, Middle Creek, Neuse, New Light, Panther Branch, Raleigh, St. Mary's, St. Matthew's, Swift Creek, Wake Forest, and White Oak.


Wake County was formed in 1770 from parts of Cumberland County, Johnston County and Orange County. It was named for Margaret Wake, wife of Governor William Tryon.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Wake County 627 846 people in 242 040 households and 158 778 families. The population density was 291 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 72.40 percent White, 19.72 percent Black or African American, 0.34 percent Native American, 3.38 percent Asian, 0.03 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander and 2.48 percent from other races groups; 1.64 percent were descended from two or more races. 5.41 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 242 040 households out of which 34.0 percent of children under the age of 18 living with them. 52.5 percent were married couples living together, 9.8 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4 percent were non-families. 25.7 percent of all households and 5.1 percent living alone who is 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06.

25.1 percent of the population were under 18 years old. 10.7 percent of 18 to 24 years 36.5 percent between 25 and 44, 20.4 percent between 45 and 64, and 7.4 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 33 years. In all females there were 98.4 males. In all women aged 18 and over, 96.5 males.

The median income for a household was $ 54,988, and the median income for a family was $ 67,149. Males had a median income of $ 44,472 versus $ 31,579 for females. The per capita income was $ 27,004. 7.8 percent of the population and 4.9 percent of families are below the poverty line. 8.6 percent of them are children and adolescents under age 18 and 8.9 percent are 65 years or older.