Raleigh Metro Area Population 1950-2020

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Raleigh metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Raleigh in 2020 is 1,444,000, a 4.18% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Raleigh in 2019 was 1,386,000, a 4.45% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Raleigh in 2018 was 1,327,000, a 4.98% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Raleigh in 2017 was 1,264,000, a 5.07% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in United States
City Name Population
New York City 18,804,000
Los Angeles 12,447,000
Chicago 8,865,000
Houston 6,371,000
Dallas-Fort Worth 6,301,000
Miami 6,122,000
Atlanta 5,803,000
Philadelphia 5,717,000
Washington DC 5,322,000
Phoenix 4,511,000
Boston 4,309,000
Detroit 3,548,000
Seattle 3,433,000
San Francisco 3,314,000
San Diego 3,251,000
Minneapolis 2,926,000
Tampa 2,877,000
Denver 2,827,000
Las Vegas 2,699,000
Riverside-San Bernardino 2,469,000
Baltimore 2,325,000
San Antonio 2,320,000
St. Louis 2,213,000
Portland 2,151,000
Sacramento 2,123,000
Charlotte 2,054,000
Austin 2,053,000
Orlando 1,964,000
Indianapolis 1,807,000
San Jose 1,791,000
Cleveland 1,763,000
Cincinnati 1,746,000
Pittsburgh 1,704,000
Kansas City 1,686,000
Columbus 1,644,000
Virginia Beach 1,477,000
Raleigh 1,444,000
Milwaukee 1,439,000
Jacksonville 1,280,000
Nashville 1,249,000
Providence 1,200,000
Salt Lake City 1,169,000
Memphis 1,150,000
Richmond 1,105,000
Louisville 1,089,000
McAllen 1,012,000
Hartford 999,000
New Orleans 992,000
Oklahoma City 989,000
Tucson 982,000
Bridgeport-Stamford 953,000
El Paso 951,000
Albuquerque 915,000
Honolulu 892,000
Buffalo 891,000
Cape Coral 851,000
Temecula-Murrieta 848,000
Birmingham 842,000
Omaha 835,000
Fresno 769,000
Provo-Orem 766,000
Tulsa 766,000
Allentown 763,000
Rochester 743,000
Dayton 741,000
Knoxville 741,000
Sarasota-Bradenton 736,000
Baton Rouge 734,000
Columbia, South Carolina 716,000
Ogden-Layton 711,000
Charleston-North Charleston 708,000
Bakersfield 691,000
Concord 683,000
Springfield 669,000
Colorado Springs 668,000
Mission Viejo 636,000
Albany 630,000
Grand Rapids 599,000
New Haven 593,000
The Woodlands 570,000
Akron 565,000
Worcester 548,000
Des Moines 544,000
Harrisburg 542,000
Victorville-Hesperia-Apple Valley 537,000
Greenville 529,000
Kissimmee 528,000
Wichita 527,000
Port St. Lucie 521,000
Palm Bay-Melbourne 519,000
Little Rock 514,000
Toledo 509,000
Winston-Salem 509,000
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh 507,000
Fayetteville-Springdale 504,000
Reno 504,000
Lancaster 497,000
Lancaster-Palmdale 491,000
Madison 487,000
Daytona Beach-Port Orange 476,000
Indio-Cathedral City-Palm Springs 467,000
Boise City 447,000
Spokane 447,000
Denton-Lewisville 445,000
Augusta-Richmond County 444,000
Stockton 436,000
Bonita Springs-Naples 434,000
Chattanooga 421,000
Jackson, Mississippi 420,000
Syracuse 420,000
Durham 418,000
Modesto 411,000
Concord 401,000
Visalia 401,000
Oxnard 397,000
Santa Clarita 392,000
Huntsville 384,000
Myrtle Beach 377,000
Scranton 375,000
Round Lake Beach-McHenry-Grayslake 370,000
Greensboro 361,000
Lafayette 358,000
Youngstown 357,000
Pensacola 355,000
Asheville 354,000
Antioch 353,000
Montgomery 352,000
Corpus Christi 347,000
Fayetteville 347,000
Springfield, Missouri 347,000
Flint 345,000
Lakeland 344,000
Fort Wayne 340,000
Fort Collins 337,000
Lexington-Fayette 334,000
Mobile 333,000
Santa Rosa 331,000
Trenton 329,000
Ann Arbor 328,000
Lansing 326,000
Rockford 324,000
Savannah 324,000
Shreveport 322,000
Laredo 315,000
Raleigh - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,444,000 4.18%
2019 1,386,000 4.45%
2018 1,327,000 4.98%
2017 1,264,000 5.07%
2016 1,203,000 5.07%
2015 1,145,000 5.05%
2014 1,090,000 5.01%
2013 1,038,000 5.06%
2012 988,000 4.99%
2011 941,000 5.02%
2010 896,000 5.04%
2009 853,000 5.05%
2008 812,000 5.05%
2007 773,000 5.03%
2006 736,000 4.99%
2005 701,000 5.10%
2004 667,000 5.04%
2003 635,000 4.96%
2002 605,000 5.03%
2001 576,000 5.11%
2000 548,000 5.59%
1999 519,000 5.92%
1998 490,000 5.83%
1997 463,000 5.95%
1996 437,000 5.81%
1995 413,000 5.90%
1994 390,000 5.98%
1993 368,000 5.75%
1992 348,000 5.78%
1991 329,000 6.13%
1990 310,000 4.38%
1989 297,000 3.85%
1988 286,000 4.00%
1987 275,000 4.17%
1986 264,000 3.94%
1985 254,000 4.10%
1984 244,000 3.83%
1983 235,000 3.98%
1982 226,000 4.15%
1981 217,000 3.83%
1980 209,000 3.47%
1979 202,000 3.06%
1978 196,000 3.16%
1977 190,000 3.26%
1976 184,000 2.79%
1975 179,000 3.47%
1974 173,000 2.98%
1973 168,000 3.07%
1972 163,000 3.16%
1971 158,000 3.27%
1970 153,000 4.08%
1969 147,000 5.00%
1968 140,000 5.26%
1967 133,000 4.72%
1966 127,000 4.96%
1965 121,000 5.22%
1964 115,000 4.55%
1963 110,000 4.76%
1962 105,000 5.00%
1961 100,000 5.26%
1960 95,000 3.26%
1959 92,000 3.37%
1958 89,000 3.49%
1957 86,000 2.38%
1956 84,000 3.70%
1955 81,000 3.85%
1954 78,000 2.63%
1953 76,000 2.70%
1952 74,000 4.23%
1951 71,000 2.90%
1950 69,000 0.00%