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Wake County, North Carolina

US county information
NameWake County
StateNorth Carolina
Largest cityRaleigh
US Area
Total Area857 sq mi (2219.6 km2)
Land Area832 sq mi (2154.9 km2)
Water Area25 sq mi (64.8 km2)
Population900993 (2010)
Density402/km2 (1041.2/sq mi)

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Wake County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 900,993 making it North Carolina's second most populated county. It's county seat is Raleigh, which is also the state capital.

Wake County is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region, which encompasses the cities of Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill and their surrounding suburban areas. The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between Raleigh and Durham. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Cary. The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,749,525 as of April 1, 2010, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) portion at 1,130,490 residents in 2010 census.

Wake County is the 9th fastest growing county in the United States, with the Town of Cary and the City of Raleigh being the 8th and 15th fastest growing cities, respectively.

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