Wake County Stats

Here are recently released statistics on Housing, the Economy, Education, Population, Transportation and Land Development. For more information visit the Wake County Planning Department’s website.

 Population

Current Wake County 2008 Projected Population:

868,121

 Wake County Projected Population:

2009 – 902,152

2010 – 933-727

2011 – 961,739

  WC Newcomers Projection:

2008 – 97 (Per Day)

2009 – 93 (Per Day)

2010 – 87 (Per Day)

 U.S. Census Estimates:

2007 – 832,970

2007 – 106 (Per Day)

  Housing

2006 Housing Units:

325,712

2006 Vacancy Rate:

9.5%

2006 Household Size:

2.58 people/household

2006 Housing Density:

392 units/square mile

2007 January Residential Average Property Value:

$186,410 (County)

•-          $222,550 (High)

•-          $98,243 (Low)

Education

2007-2008 Wake County Public School System 20th-Day Membership:

134,002

2007-2008 Number of Schools

WCPSS – 153

Charter Schools – 14

2008-2009 WCPSS 20th-Day Student Projection:

140,443

2006 Adult Population with B.A. or Higher:

45.6%

2007 Wake Tech Enrollment:

57,000

Economy

2006 Median Family Income:

$78,369

2006 Median Household Income:

$60,903

2006 Population Below Poverty Level:

9.1%

2007 Unemployment Rate:

3.4%

May 2008: 3.8%

2006-2007 Tax Base:

28% Commercial

72% Residential

Transportation

2007 Registered Vehicles:

706,000

2006 Average Commute Time:

23.4 minutes

2006 Commuters:

Drive Alone – 85.6%

Public Transit – 1.3%

Carpooled – 10.7%

Walked – 1.4%

2006 Working From Home:

21,606

2007-2008 April TT Bus Riders Increased:

+20.5%

Land Development

Wake County Proper:

857 square miles

2008 Municipal Jurisdiction in Wake County:

443 square miles

2008 County Planning Jurisdiction:

414 square miles

2007 New Building Permits:

Residential – 10,384

Commercial/Industrial – 595

2006 New Permits: 11,695

2006-2007 % Change: -6.5%