I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, the state capital and seat of Wake County, which contains several other municipalities.
When I was in middle school in the year 2000, I would have laughed if you had told me any of the following:
- The county’s population would grow by 43.5%, from 627k to 900k, in the next ten years.
- The county’s population would actually reach 1 million in the next fifteen years.
- Cary would become the seventh-most-populous municipality in North Carolina.
- Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina would be considered reasonable suburbs to Raleigh.
- By 2017 Wake County would have 172 public schools (27 high schools) for 155,000 students.
Well, here we are. Wake County and Raleigh have made a million of those “best places to live/work/retire” lists since the year 2000, and the county has seen growth that puts it in the top ten or fifteen fastest-growing counties in the country, depending on how you measure.
So what does that rate of development look like on a map of land parcels? Good question, keeping reading for more…