List of municipalities in North Carolina

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North Carolina is a state located in the Southern United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, North Carolina is the ninth most populous state with 10,042,802 inhabitants but the 28th largest by land area spanning 53,819 square miles (139,390 km2) of land.[1][2] North Carolina is divided into 100 counties and contains 532 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities, towns, or villages.[3] While municipalities may use the name village, town, or city, there is no legal distinction between the names.

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Largest municipalities[edit]

 †  County seat
 ††  State capital and county seat
Charlotte, Largest City in North Carolina

Below is a list of the 50 largest municipalities in North Carolina according to the 2010 census; also shown is the 2018 Census estimate.[4]

Rank Name Population (2018) Population (2010) Change Type County
1 Charlotte † 872,498 731,424 +19.29% City Mecklenburg
2 Raleigh †† 469,298 403,892 +16.19% City Wake (seat), Durham
3 Greensboro † 294,722 269,666 +9.29% City Guilford
4 Durham † 274,291 228,330 +20.13% City Durham (seat), Wake, Orange
5 Winston-Salem † 246,328 229,618 +7.28% City Forsyth
6 Fayetteville † 209,468 200,564 +4.44% City Cumberland
7 Cary 168,160 135,234 +24.35% Town Wake, Chatham
8 Wilmington † 122,607 106,476 +15.15% City New Hanover
9 High Point 112,316 104,371 +7.61% City Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth
10 Concord † 94,130 79,066 +19.05% City Cabarrus
11 Greenville † 93,137 84,554 +10.15% City Pitt
12 Asheville † 92,452 85,712 +7.86% City Buncombe
13 Gastonia † 77,024 71,741 +7.36% City Gaston
14 Jacksonville † 72,896 70,145 +3.92% City Onslow
15 Chapel Hill 60,988 57,233 +6.56% Town Orange, Durham
16 Huntersville 57,098 46,773 +22.07% Town Mecklenburg
17 Rocky Mount 54,242 57,477 −5.63% City Edgecombe, Nash
18 Apex 53,852 37,476 +43.70% Town Wake
19 Burlington 53,748 49,963 +7.58% City Alamance
20 Kannapolis 49,761 42,625 +16.74% City Cabarrus, Rowan
21 Wilson † 49,329 49,167 +0.33% City Wilson
22 Wake Forest 44,046 30,117 +46.25% Town Wake
23 Hickory 40,925 40,010 +2.29% City Catawba, Burke, Caldwell
24 Indian Trail 39,619 33,518 +18.20% Town Union
25 Mooresville 38,431 32,711 +17.49% Town Iredell
26 Holly Springs 36,749 24,661 +49.02% Town Wake
27 Monroe † 35,311 32,797 +7.67% City Union
28 Goldsboro † 34,234 36,437 −6.05% City Wayne
29 Salisbury † 33,834 33,622 +0.63% City Rowan
30 Matthews 32,635 27,198 +19.99% Town Mecklenburg
31 Garner 30,502 25,745 +18.48% Town Wake
32 New Bern † 30,113 29,524 +1.99% City Craven
33 Sanford † 29,917 28,094 +6.49% City Lee
34 Cornelius 29,748 24,866 +19.63% Town Mecklenburg
35 Fuquay-Varina 29,200 17,937 +62.79% Town Wake
36 Morrisville 27,453 18,576 +47.79% Town Wake, Durham
37 Mint Hill 27,169 22,722 +19.57% Town Mecklenburg, Union
38 Statesville † 27,042 24,532 +10.23% City Iredell
39 Thomasville 26,635 26,757 −0.46% City Davidson, Randolph
40 Asheboro † 25,844 25,012 +3.33% City Randolph
41 Kernersville 24,767 23,123 +7.11% Town Forsyth, Guilford
42 Clayton 22,850 16,116 +41.78% City Johnston, Wake
43 Leland 22,070 13,527 +63.16% Town Brunswick
44 Carrboro 21,314 19,582 +8.84% Town Orange
45 Lumberton † 20,840 21,542 −3.26% City Robeson
46 Clemmons 20,563 18,627 +10.39% Village Forsyth
47 Havelock 20,232 20,735 −2.43% City Craven
48 Kinston † 20,083 21,677 −7.35% City Lenoir
49 Shelby † 20,038 20,323 −1.40% City Cleveland
50 Boone † 19,562 17,119 +14.27% City Watauga

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  1. ^ "GCT-PH1 – Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – State — Place and (in selected states) County Subdivision". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "North Carolina | Capital, Map, History, & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  3. ^ "North Carolina: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. 18. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/popest/2010s-total-cities-and-towns.html#tables