The City of Oaks is now America’s 45th largest city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimates.
The city has cleared the 400,000 plateau with an estimated 405,791 residents - more than Cincinnati, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
The new population figure, released Tuesday, came as little surprise to city planners. For years, Raleigh officials have tried to keep the city's growth at 2 to 3 percent a year.
"Our goal is to make sure we manage our growth and maintain our quality of life," said Mitchell Silver, Raleigh's planning director.
The Capital City’s population first reached six figures in the 1960s. It had an estimated 122,830 residents in 1970, 201,111 in 1988, 306,252 in 2002 and 393,866 a year ago.
Charlotte is America’s 18th most populous city with 709,441 residents. The Census Bureau estimates Durham has 229,174 residents, Chapel Hill has 53,546, and Cary has a population of 136,600.
Click here to see the Census estimates for all North Carolina towns and cities.
(hat tip: Anne Blythe)