Municipal Population Estimates

Standard 2021 Population Estimates

The standard population estimates reflect the estimated resident population of municipalities as of July 1, 2021 living within July 1, 2021 municipal boundaries. These data also include revised July 1, 2020 population estimates. You may access the full dataset here: 2021 Standard Population Estimates — Opendatasoft (

The following tables provide additional information about the population estimates.

Municipal Intercensal Estimates 2010-2019

These are the revised 2010 through 2019 population estimates that have been adjusted to the 2020 Census counts. These can be used to trace population change over time. Municipal Intercensal Estimates 2010 - 2019 — Opendatasoft (

Multi-County Municipal Estimates

July 2021 Land Area Distribution (Sq. Miles) of Municipalities Located in More than One County

July 2021 Population Distribution of Municipalities Located in More Than One County

Municipal Change, April 1, 2020 - July 1, 2021

Aspects of Municipal Population Change, April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021

Municipal Population Change, April 1 2020 to July 1, 2021

County Municipal and Non-Municipal Characteristics

Estimated Municipal and Non-Municipal Land Area of North Carolina and North Carolina Counties as of July 1, 2021

Estimates of the Municipal and Non-Municipal Population of North Carolina and North Carolina Counties for July 1, 2021

Certified 2021 Population Estimates (published 09/27/2022)

The certified municipal population estimates are available here. These are estimates of the July 1, 2021 resident population within July 1, 2022 municipal boundaries. The certified population for unincorporated areas of counties are also included.