2016 Standard Municipal Population Estimates


Estimates of the July 1, 2016 permanent resident population for each of North Carolina's 553 active incorporated municipalities were released in September of 2017. These population estimates were based, in part, upon the July 1, 2016 population estimates for North Carolina and each of its 100 component counties which were also released in September 2017. The standard population estimates assume that the municipal boundaries were those in place as of that same date: July 1, 2016. The Office of Stated Budget and Management (OSBM) also prepared a set of certified population estimates in September 2017. The certified population estimates differ from the standard population estimates in that they assume municipal boundaries as of July 1, 2017. The certified population estimates are used in statutorily-defined funding formulas while the standard population estimates may be used in planning. With the exception of the differences in municipal boundaries that may result in differences in the reported estimated population (since the certified estimates include any population living in areas added to or subtracted from a municipality after July 1, 2016), in all other ways the standard and certified population estimates are the same. See PDF technical document for more information on the methods used to produce the municipal population estimates.


Municipal estimates are revised annually.  A data user may now compare the July 1, 2016 standard estimate with the revised July 1, 2010-2015 municipal population estimates. This should aide data users in tracking municipal growth trends over time. The methods used to revise the Standard Municipal Estimates for 2010 through 2015 are the same as for the 2016 Standard Municipal Estimates, but with all data adjusted for the appropriate July 1 revision year.

Last Update: October 4, 2017.