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 2017 Census estimate.[4]

Rank Name Population (2017) Population (2010) Change Type County
1 Charlotte † 859,035 731,424 +17.45% City Mecklenburg
2 Raleigh †† 464,758 403,892 +15.07% City Wake (seat), Durham
3 Greensboro † 290,222 269,666 +7.62% City Guilford
4 Durham † 267,743 228,330 +17.26% City Durham (seat), Wake, Orange
5 Winston-Salem † 244,605 229,618 +6.53% City Forsyth
6 Fayetteville † 209,899 200,564 +4.65% City Cumberland
7 Cary 165,904 135,234 +22.68% Town Wake, Chatham
8 Wilmington † 119,045 106,476 +11.80% City New Hanover
9 High Point 111,513 104,371 +6.84% City Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth
10 Greenville † 92,156 84,554 +8.99% City Pitt
11 Concord † 92,067 79,066 +16.44% City Cabarrus
12 Asheville † 91,902 85,712 +7.22% City Buncombe
13 Gastonia † 76,593 71,741 +6.76% City Gaston
14 Jacksonville † 72,447 70,145 +3.28% City Onslow
15 Chapel Hill 59,862 57,233 +4.59% Town Orange, Durham
16 Huntersville 56,212 46,773 +20.18% Town Mecklenburg
17 Rocky Mount 54,523 57,477 −5.14% City Edgecombe, Nash
18 Burlington 53,077 49,963 +6.23% City Alamance
19 Apex 50,451 37,476 +34.62% Town Wake
20 Wilson † 49,348 49,167 +0.37% City Wilson
21 Kannapolis 48,806 42,625 +14.50% City Cabarrus, Rowan
22 Wake Forest 42,269 30,117 +40.35% Town Wake
23 Hickory 40,611 40,010 +1.50% City Catawba, Burke, Caldwell
24 Indian Trail 38,980 33,518 +16.30% Town Union
25 Mooresville 37,820 32,711 +15.62% Town Iredell
26 Holly Springs 35,233 24,661 +42.87% Town Wake
27 Goldsboro † 35,197 36,437 −3.40% City Wayne
28 Monroe † 35,065 32,797 +6.92% City Union
29 Salisbury † 33,849 33,622 +0.68% City Rowan
30 Matthews 32,117 27,198 +18.09% Town Mecklenburg
31 New Bern † 29,590 29,524 +0.22% City Craven
32 Sanford † 29,313 28,094 +4.34% City Lee
33 Cornelius 29,191 24,866 +17.39% Town Mecklenburg
34 Garner 28,858 25,745 +12.09% Town Wake
35 Fuquay-Varina 27,906 17,937 +55.58% Town Wake
36 Mint Hill 26,748 22,722 +17.72% Town Mecklenburg, Union
37 Statesville † 26,657 24,532 +8.66% City Iredell
38 Thomasville 26,615 26,757 −0.53% City Davidson, Randolph
39 Morrisville 26,461 18,576 +42.45% Town Wake, Durham
40 Asheboro † 25,863 25,012 +3.40% City Randolph
41 Kernersville 24,386 23,123 +5.46% Town Forsyth, Guilford
42 Carrboro 21,544 19,582 +10.02% Town Orange
43 Clayton 20,260 16,116 +25.71% City Johnston, Wake
44 Lumberton † 21,040 21,542 −2.33% City Robeson
45 Kinston † 20,509 21,677 −5.39% City Lenoir
46 Clemmons 20,420 18,627 +9.63% Village Forsyth
47 Shelby † 20,018 20,323 −1.50% City Cleveland
48 Havelock 20,008 20,735 −3.51% City Craven
49 Leland 19,976 13,527 +47.68% Town Brunswick
50 Boone † 19,205 17,119 +12.19% 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. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?fpt=table