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 48,617.91 square miles (125,919.8 km2) of land.[1] North Carolina is divided into 100 counties and contains 532 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities, towns, or villages.[2] 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
Raleigh, Capital of North Carolina

Below is a list of the 50 largest municipalities in North Carolina according to the 2010 census. Also shown is the 2016 Census estimate.[3]

Rank Name Population (2016) Population (2010) Change Type County
1 Charlotte † 842,051 731,424 +15.12% City Mecklenburg
2 Raleigh †† 458,880 403,892 +13.61% City Wake (seat), Durham
3 Greensboro † 287,027 269,666 +6.44% City Guilford
4 Durham † 263,016 228,330 +15.19% City Durham (seat), Wake, Orange
5 Winston-Salem † 242,203 229,618 +5.48% City Forsyth
6 Fayetteville † 204,759 200,564 +2.09% City Cumberland
7 Cary 162,320 135,234 +20.03% Town Wake, Chatham
8 Wilmington † 117,523 106,476 +10.38% City New Hanover
9 High Point 111,223 104,371 +6.57% City Guilford, Randolph, Davidson, Forsyth
10 Greenville † 91,495 84,554 +8.21% City Pitt
11 Concord † 89,891 79,066 +13.69% City Cabarrus
12 Asheville † 89,121 85,712 +3.98% City Buncombe
13 Gastonia † 75,536 71,741 +5.29% City Gaston
14 Jacksonville † 67,784 70,145 −3.37% City Onslow
15 Chapel Hill 59,246 57,233 +3.52% City Orange, Durham
16 Rocky Mount 55,466 57,477 −3.50% City Edgecombe, Nash
17 Huntersville 54,839 46,773 +17.24% Town Mecklenburg
18 Burlington 52,709 49,963 +5.50% City Alamance
19 Wilson † 49,643 49,167 +0.97% City Wilson
20 Kannapolis 47,839 42,625 +12.23% City Cabarrus, Rowan
21 Apex 47,349 37,476 +26.34% Town Wake
22 Hickory 40,567 40,010 +1.39% City Catawba, Burke, Caldwell
23 Wake Forest 40,112 30,117 +33.19% Town Wake
24 Indian Trail 38,222 33,518 +14.03% Town Union
25 Mooresville 36,543 32,711 +11.71% Town Iredell
26 Goldsboro † 35,792 36,437 −1.77% City Wayne
27 Monroe † 34,818 32,797 +6.16% City Union
28 Salisbury † 34,001 33,622 +1.13% City Rowan
29 Holly Springs 33,260 24,661 +34.87% Town Wake
30 Matthews 31,495 27,198 +15.80% Town Mecklenburg
31 New Bern † 30,101 29,524 +1.95% City Craven
32 Sanford † 29,128 28,094 +3.68% City Lee
33 Garner 28,776 25,745 +11.77% Town Wake
34 Cornelius 28,515 24,866 +14.67% Town Mecklenburg
35 Thomasville 27,030 26,757 +1.02% City Davidson, Randolph
36 Statesville † 26,506 24,532 +8.05% City Iredell
37 Mint Hill 26,236 22,722 +15.47% Town Mecklenburg, Union
38 Asheboro † 26,141 25,012 +4.51% City Randolph
39 Fuquay-Varina 25,865 17,937 +44.20% Town Wake
40 Morrisville 24,732 18,576 +33.14% Town Wake, Durham
41 Kernersville 24,066 23,123 +4.08% Town Forsyth, Guilford
42 Lumberton † 21,449 21,542 −0.43% City Robeson
43 Carrboro 21,156 19,582 +8.04% Town Orange
44 Kinston † 20,923 21,677 −3.48% City Lenoir
45 Clayton 20,260 16,116 +25.71% City Johnston, Wake
45 Shelby † 20,260 20,323 −0.31% City Cleveland
47 Havelock 20,244 20,735 −2.37% City Craven
48 Clemmons 20,079 18,627 +7.80% Village Forsyth
49 Lexington † 19,105 18,931 +0.92% City Davidson
50 Leland 18,843 13,527 +39.30% Town Brunswick

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