List of municipalities in North Carolina

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This is a list of the 552 incorporated municipalities (cities, towns, and villages) in the U.S. state of North Carolina. While municipalities may use the name village, town, or city, there is no legal distinction between the names, though in general villages are the smallest and cities are the largest, with many exceptions.


Table of contents: Largest - - See also

Largest municipalities[edit]

 †  County seat
 ††  State capital and county seat

Map of USA & North Carolina
Charlotte, Largest City in North Carolina
Raleigh, Capital of North Carolina

Largest municipalities in North Carolina according to the 2010 census. Also shown is the 2015 Census estimate.[1]

Rank Name Population (2015) Population (2010) Change Type County
1 Charlotte † 827,097 731,424 +13.08% City Mecklenburg
2 Raleigh †† 451,066 403,892 +11.68% City Wake (seat), Durham
3 Greensboro † 285,342 269,666 +5.81% City Guilford
4 Durham † 257,636 228,330 +12.83% City Durham (seat), Wake, Orange
5 Winston-Salem † 241,218 229,618 +5.05% City Forsyth
6 Fayetteville † 201,963 200,564 +0.70% City Cumberland
7 Cary 159,769 135,234 +18.14% Town Wake, Chatham
8 Wilmington † 115,933 106,476 +8.88% City New Hanover
9 High Point 110,268 104,371 +5.65% City Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth
10 Greenville † 90,957 84,554 +7.57% City Pitt
11 Asheville † 88,512 85,712 +3.27% City Buncombe
12 Concord † 87,696 79,066 +10.91% City Cabarrus
13 Gastonia † 74,543 71,741 +3.91% City Gaston
14 Jacksonville † 67,357 70,145 −3.97% City Onslow
15 Chapel Hill 59,568 57,233 +4.08% Town Orange, Durham
16 Rocky Mount 55,806 57,477 −2.91% City Edgecombe, Nash
17 Huntersville 52,704 46,773 +12.68% Town Mecklenburg
18 Burlington 52,472 49,963 +5.02% City Alamance
19 Wilson † 49,643 49,167 +0.97% City Wilson
20 Kannapolis 46,144 42,625 +8.26% City Cabarrus, Rowan
21 Apex 45,585 37,476 +21.64% Town Wake
22 Hickory 40,374 40,010 +0.91% City Catawba, Burke, Caldwell
23 Wake Forest 38,199 30,117 +26.84% Town Wake
24 Indian Trail 37,037 33,518 +10.50% Town Union
25 Mooresville 36,009 32,711 +10.08% Town Iredell
26 Goldsboro † 35,826 36,437 −1.68% City Wayne
27 Monroe † 34,623 32,797 +5.57% City Union
28 Salisbury † 34,017 33,622 +1.17% City Rowan
29 Holly Springs 31,377 24,661 +27.23% Town Wake
30 Matthews 30,678 27,198 +12.80% Town Mecklenburg
31 New Bern † 30,070 29,524 +1.85% City Craven
32 Sanford † 29,144 28,094 +3.74% City Lee
33 Cornelius 28,092 24,866 +12.97% Town Mecklenburg
34 Garner 28,053 25,745 +8.96% Town Wake
35 Thomasville 27,061 26,757 +1.14% City Davidson, Randolph
36 Statesville † 26,221 24,532 +6.88% City Iredell
37 Asheboro † 26,103 25,012 +4.36% City Randolph
38 Mint Hill 25,627 22,722 +12.78% Town Mecklenburg, Union
39 Fuquay-Varina 23,907 17,937 +33.28% Town Wake
40 Morrisville 23,820 18,576 +28.23% Town Wake, Durham
41 Kernersville 23,811 23,123 +2.98% Town Forsyth, Guilford
42 Lumberton † 21,667 21,542 +0.58% City Robeson
43 Kinston † 21,337 21,677 −1.57% City Lenoir
44 Carrboro 21,156 19,582 +8.04% Town Orange
45 Havelock 20,364 20,735 −1.79% City Craven
46 Shelby † 20,189 20,323 −0.66% City Cleveland
47 Clemmons 19,844 18,627 +6.53% Village Forsyth
48 Lexington † 19,326 18,931 +2.09% City Davidson
49 Clayton 19,304 16,116 +19.78% City Johnston, Wake
50 Boone † 18,156 17,122 +6.04% City Watauga

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