Suburban towns in Wake County have been among the fastest growing North Carolina municipalities over the last six years, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Triangle has been spreading out for years as its universities and a strong local economy draw people to the region. Six of the states 10 fastest growing towns since 2010 are former railroad towns and crossroad communities in Wake: Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Morrisville and Knightdale.
Rolesville, the countys smallest town, led the pack, growing 82 percent since 2010 to an estimated 6,962 as of last July 1, according to the Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. The populations of the remaining five towns have all grown by at least 28 percent during that time.
The expansion of the Triangle has begun to show up in small towns on the fringe of the region. Stem, in southern Granville County north of Durham, was officially the states fastest growing town in the year ending last June 30, growing 20 percent to 565 residents. Swepsonville, near Graham in Alamance County, was the fourth fastest growing, at 11 percent, ...