Overall, Wake County grew by 20,419 residents in the year between July 1, 2017, and the same date in 2018 – the highest number of new residents in the state, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. That number equates to 393 new people per week and 56 each day. The county has a total population of 1,092,305, according to the latest data.
Durham County added 4,851 residents in that timeframe and now has a population of 316,739, as of July. That’s a 1.6 percent increase from July a year ago. Durham county ranked third in growth in number of residents in the 16-county Triangle area.
The other big-three Triangle county, Orange, saw a year-over-year increase of 2,067 residents from July 1, 2017, to now sit at 146,027 residents.
Other than Wake County, the biggest growth in number of new residents in the 16-county Triangle area was in Johnston County. Its total population of 202,675 in July was an increase of 6,252 residents versus the same month a year ago. That’s a 3.2 percent jump and the largest percentage increase in the 16-county Triangle.