Top 100 Biggest Cities In North Carolina (1990 Census)

Rank City 1990 Pop Ann Growth Rate
1 Charlotte 426,984 3.1%
2 Raleigh 220,425
3 Greensboro 191,591
4 Winston-Salem 167,254
5 Durham 148,450
6 Fayetteville 112,644
7 Jacksonville 78,080
8 High Point 69,763
9 Asheville 66,184
10 Gastonia 59,757
11 Wilmington 56,067
12 Rocky Mount 54,339
13 Greenville 49,366
14 Cary 45,497
15 Goldsboro 44,966
16 Burlington 40,822
17 Wilson 39,056
18 Chapel Hill 38,346
19 Concord 37,661
20 Kannapolis 32,404
21 Hickory 29,474
22 Kinston 25,883
23 Salisbury 24,398
24 Statesville 21,224
25 New Bern 20,899
26 Havelock 20,463
27 Shelby 19,783
28 Lumberton 19,781
29 Lexington 19,319
30 Monroe 19,102
31 Sanford 18,874
32 Asheboro 18,137
33 Lenoir 16,691
34 Henderson 16,591
35 Thomasville 16,531
36 Roanoke Rapids 16,389
37 Elizabeth City 16,112
38 Laurinburg 16,063
39 Morganton 15,875
40 Eden 15,860
41 Albemarle 15,178
42 Garner 14,885
43 Matthews 14,502
44 Reidsville 14,438
45 Mint Hill 13,595
46 Boone 13,056
47 Kernersville 12,015
48 Carrboro 11,748
49 Mooresville 11,221
50 Newton 11,199
51 Tarboro 11,107
52 Smithfield 10,759
53 Graham 10,367
54 Rockingham 9,971
55 Washington 9,958
56 Southern Pines 9,683
57 Lincolnton 9,336
58 Dunn 9,214
59 Clemmons 9,213
60 Hendersonville 9,060
61 Belmont 9,041
62 Waynesville 9,010
63 Kings Mountain 8,817
64 Clinton 8,771
65 Oxford 8,396
66 Spring Lake 8,369
67 Hope Mills 8,164
68 Mount Holly 7,970
69 Forest City 7,736
70 Mount Airy 7,717
71 Morehead City 7,597
72 Roxboro 7,584
73 Archdale 7,345
74 Black Mountain 7,273
75 Hamlet 7,173
76 Lewisville 6,636
77 Huntersville 6,570
78 Trinity 6,442
79 Brevard 6,220
80 Wake Forest 5,987
81 Williamston 5,933
82 Pinehurst 5,728
83 Cherryville 5,574
84 Conover 5,564
85 Apex 5,476
86 Whiteville 5,455
87 Edenton 5,339
88 Selma 5,263
89 Siler City 5,091
90 Cornelius 5,083
91 Bessemer City 4,927
92 Ayden 4,890
93 Mebane 4,872
94 Marion 4,852
95 Elon College 4,846
96 Mount Olive 4,760
97 Hillsborough 4,742
98 Clayton 4,712
99 Ahoskie 4,600
100 Sawmills 4,548

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What was the largest city in North Carolina in 1990?

In 1990, the largest city in North Carolina was Charlotte, with a population of 426,984. The second largest city is Raleigh, with a population of 220,425.


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