Municipal Population and Land Area 1980-2008
Population and Land Area of Largest Municipalities, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2008
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Ranked by 2000 Population
view Muni Densities, 1980-2008 POPULATION   LAND AREA (SQ. MILES)
Rank Municipality 1980 1990 2000 2008   1980 1990 2000 2008
1 Charlotte 315,474 395,934 540,167 683,541   138.44 175.916 242.269 287.927
2 Raleigh 150,255 212,092 276,094 377,353   53.93 88.535 114.603 140.543
3 Greensboro 155,642 183,894 223,891 263,268   60.37 80.533 104.705 127.303
4 Durham 101,149 136,612 187,035 228,480   42.32 70.218 94.636 105.502
5 Winston-Salem 131,885 143,485 185,776 228,362   61.27 73.102 108.855 132.780
6 Fayetteville 59,507 75,850 121,015 181,481   31.31 40.101 58.767 92.199
7 Cary 21,763 44,397 94,536 141,167   10.06 30.000 42.093 53.528
8 High Point 63,479 69,428 85,839 100,645   30.50 42.998 49.050 54.003
9 Wilmington 44,000 55,530 75,838 101,526   21.13 30.089 40.997 49.286
10 Asheville 54,022 61,855 68,889 78,313   29.09 34.118 40.921 44.230
11 Jacksonville 18,259 30,398 66,715 81,873   8.06 14.576 44.476 46.713
12 Gastonia 47,218 54,725 66,355 74,518   21.11 30.620 46.060 50.429
13 Greenville 35,740 46,305 61,209 81,092   15.03 18.930 26.250 34.770
(14) Concord 16,942 27,347 55,977 79,264   8.04 21.288 51.581 59.198
(14) Rocky Mount 42,158 49,961 55,977 59,228   18.17 25.855 35.568 42.989
16 Chapel Hill 32,421 38,711 46,019 55,616   12.54 16.406 19.756 20.911
17 Burlington 37,266 39,498 44,917 50,927   16.42 20.319 21.277 25.007
18 Wilson 34,424 36,930 44,405 50,643   13.20 18.539 23.290 28.865
19 Goldsboro 31,871 40,709 39,147 37,661   14.30 20.933 24.790 27.007
20 Hickory 20,757 28,474 37,222 40,761   11.78 21.298 28.071 29.104
21 Kannapolis 30,303 29,709 36,910 44,102   14.60 15.030 29.849 32.001
22 Salisbury 22,677 23,626 26,462 31,315   13.35 16.361 17.780 21.621
23 Monroe 12,639 16,385 26,228 37,280   8.76 13.897 24.569 30.030
24 Huntersville 1,294 3,023 24,960 40,167   1.40 3.233 31.146 39.408
Rank Municipality 1980 Pop 1990 Pop 2000 Pop 2008 Pop   1980 LA 1990 LA 2000 LA 2008 LA
25 Kinston 25,234 25,295 23,688 22,675   7.58 13.195 16.731 17.491
26 Statesville 18,622 17,567 23,320 27,039   11.43 14.941 20.529 24.117
27 Sanford 14,773 14,755 23,220 27,806   12.08 14.945 24.068 26.627
28 New Bern 14,557 17,363 23,111 26,153   7.59 10.284 25.827 27.913
29 Havelock 17,718 20,300 22,442 22,808   13.58 14.831 16.712 16.821
30 Matthews 1,648 13,651 22,125 28,634   1.50 12.287 14.209 16.627
31 Asheboro 15,252 16,362 21,672 24,827   10.90 11.957 15.345 17.797
32 Lumberton 18,241 18,733 20,795 23,026   8.79 13.482 15.725 17.572
33 Apex 2,847 4,789 20,212 31,250   2.44 4.493 10.537 15.685
34 Lexington 15,711 16,581 19,953 21,378   7.76 11.807 17.618 17.983
35 Thomasville 14,144 15,915 19,788 27,036   6.84 10.244 11.147 16.905
36 Shelby 15,310 14,669 19,477 20,808   7.72 8.695 18.137 21.051
37 Mooresville 8,575 9,317 18,823 30,324   5.05 6.872 14.687 22.022
38 Garner 10,073 14,716 17,787 26,109   5.36 12.000 12.820 14.988
39 Morganton 13,763 15,085 17,310 17,120   13.37 16.651 18.163 19.070
40 Elizabeth City 14,007 14,292 17,243 20,121   4.20 5.087 8.936 11.447
41 Kernersville 5,875 10,899 17,126 22,368   4.24 7.711 12.099 16.821
42 Roanoke Rapids 14,702 15,722 16,957 16,552   7.70 7.833 7.837 9.938
43 Carrboro 7,336 12,134 16,782 19,479   2.18 3.618 4.471 6.331
44 Lenoir 13,748 14,192 16,774 19,064   12.64 13.539 16.564 19.644
45 Henderson 13,522 15,655 16,095 16,273   5.00 7.258 8.239 8.539
46 Eden 15,672 15,238 15,908 15,702   11.58 13.591 15.007 15.144
47 Laurinburg 11,480 11,643 15,874 15,911   7.35 7.559 12.400 12.536
48 Albemarle 15,110 14,940 15,680 16,197   14.51 14.832 15.695 16.938
49 Mint Hill 7,915 11,615 15,609 20,748   13.97 18.014 21.229 23.782
50 Reidsville 12,492 12,183 14,485 14,613   7.53 6.329 13.374 14.492
51 Clemmons 4,842 6,020 13,827 18,161   4.66 3.179 10.709 11.960
52 Boone 10,191 12,949 13,470 14,942   3.47 5.462 5.839 6.195
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Last update September 28, 2009.