Wake County, NC Demographics

The total population of Wake County is estimated to be 1.13 million with 555,563 males (49.07%) and 576,540 females (50.93%). There are 20,977 more females than males in Wake County.
The median household income in Wake County was $95,629 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 936(0.99%) from $94,693 in 2020. This income is 128.18% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, Wake County sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 45 to 64 years old, at $116,119. Overall, the median household income for the county of Wake County stands at $96,806.
In Wake County, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $58,548 for males and $39,211 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $81,557 for males and $63,111 for females.
In Wake County, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 6 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, Asian households have the highest median household income at $141,657, while Some Other Race households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $62,266.
In 2022, the population of Wake County was 1,175,021, a 1.97% increase year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, Wake County's population was 1,152,357, an increase of 1.92% compared to a population of 1,130,685 in 2020.
The median age in Wake County, NC is 36.7, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 19.60% were under the age of 15, 20.40% aged 15 to 29, 48.21% aged 30 to 64, 10.54% aged 65 to 84, and 1.24% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of Wake County population: 62.49% are White, 19.90% are Black or African American, 0.30% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 7.52% are Asian, 0.04% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 4.08% are some other race and 5.68% are multiracial.