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North Carolina Counties by Population

Below are the 100 North Carolina counties sorted by population from 1 to 100 . The population data are from the 2020 Census Redistricting dataset. If 2020 Census data are not available for a geography, then the population data are from the Census’ 2019 American Community Survey. You can copy and paste this list directly into your favorite spreadsheet program. Don't you just adore lovely numbers listed nicely in columns & rows? We do!

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Rank County Population
1 Wake County 1,129,410
2 Mecklenburg County 1,115,482
3 Guilford County 541,299
4 Forsyth County 382,590
5 Cumberland County 334,728
6 Durham County 324,833
7 Buncombe County 269,452
8 Union County 238,267
9 Gaston County 227,943
10 Cabarrus County 225,804
11 New Hanover County 225,702
12 Johnston County 215,999
13 Onslow County 204,576
14 Iredell County 186,693
15 Alamance County 171,415
16 Pitt County 170,243
17 Davidson County 168,930
18 Catawba County 160,610
19 Orange County 148,696
20 Rowan County 146,875
21 Randolph County 144,171
22 Brunswick County 136,693
23 Harnett County 133,568
24 Wayne County 117,333
25 Robeson County 116,530
26 Henderson County 116,281
27 Craven County 100,720
28 Moore County 99,727
29 Cleveland County 99,519
30 Nash County 94,970
31 Rockingham County 91,096
32 Burke County 87,570
33 Lincoln County 86,810
34 Caldwell County 80,652
35 Wilson County 78,784
36 Chatham County 76,285
37 Surry County 71,359
38 Franklin County 68,573
39 Carteret County 67,686
40 Wilkes County 65,969
41 Rutherford County 64,444
42 Lee County 63,285
43 Stanly County 62,504
44 Haywood County 62,089
45 Granville County 60,992
46 Pender County 60,203
47 Sampson County 59,036
48 Lenoir County 55,122
49 Watauga County 54,086
50 Hoke County 52,082
51 Columbus County 50,623
52 Edgecombe County 48,900
53 Duplin County 48,715
54 Halifax County 48,622
55 Beaufort County 44,652
56 McDowell County 44,578
57 Stokes County 44,520
58 Jackson County 43,109
59 Richmond County 42,946
60 Davie County 42,712
61 Vance County 42,578
62 Pasquotank County 40,568
63 Person County 39,097
64 Yadkin County 37,214
65 Macon County 37,014
66 Dare County 36,915
67 Alexander County 36,444
68 Scotland County 34,174
69 Transylvania County 32,986
70 Bladen County 29,606
71 Cherokee County 28,774
72 Currituck County 28,100
73 Ashe County 26,577
74 Montgomery County 25,751
75 Caswell County 22,736
76 Anson County 22,055
77 Martin County 22,031
78 Hertford County 21,552
79 Madison County 21,193
80 Greene County 20,451
81 Polk County 19,328
82 Warren County 18,642
83 Yancey County 18,470
84 Bertie County 17,934
85 Avery County 17,806
86 Northampton County 17,471
87 Mitchell County 14,903
88 Swain County 14,117
89 Chowan County 13,708
90 Perquimans County 13,005
91 Pamlico County 12,276
92 Clay County 11,089
93 Washington County 11,003
94 Alleghany County 10,888
95 Gates County 10,478
96 Camden County 10,355
97 Jones County 9,172
98 Graham County 8,030
99 Hyde County 4,589
100 Tyrrell County 3,245

United States Census Bureau. B01001 SEX BY AGE, 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Office. Web. 10 December 2020. http://www.census.gov/.

United States Census Bureau. "P2 Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race." 2020 Census State Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File. U.S. Census Bureau, 2020 Census. Web. 12 August 2021. https://www.census.gov/.

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