In Garner demographics represent far more than just statistics. Our community grows stronger thanks in large part to the influx of talented, well-educated, hard-working people from all parts of the globe.

Regional Growth

As a region, the Triangle area is undoubtedly on the move. Regional population growth continues to outpace most other areas of the nation, with the Raleigh-Cary-Garner metropolitan area being the fastest-growing urban region in the South.

  • According to 2010 Census data, the Raleigh-Cary-Garner metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1,130,490, an increase of 42 percent since 2000.
  • The entire Triangle area – including Durham and Chapel Hill – has a combined estimated population of 1,749,525, according to 2010 Census data.
  • The Triangle is now the 28th-largest metropolitan region in the United States and has grown by 33 percent since 2000.

Garner Demographics and Population Characteristics

Garner’s success lies within our diverse community. Listed below are Garner demographics and population characteristics, including household income, race, age and more. As of November 2011, the population of Garner was reported at 25,921 residents. The demographic data below for Garner were provided by the Census Bureau’s 2008-2010 American Community Survey Three-Year Estimates. The data (where applicable) for Raleigh and Wake County were provided by 2007-09 American Community Survey Three-Year Estimates.

Town Population
1990 Census: 15,111
2000 Census: 17,757
2012 estimate: 26,045

Male – 49.0%
Female – 51.0%
Median age (years) – 36.8

White – 60.5%
Black or African-American – 34.6%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) – 7.0%
Asian – 2.3%

Owner-occupied – 70.0%
Renter-occupied – 30.0%

Garner – 9,957
Raleigh urbanized area – 254,137
Wake County – 321,596

Median Household Income
Garner - $60,497
Raleigh urbanized area - $61,376
Wake County - $63,706

Employment and Labor Force

Find the right people for the job in Garner. In the last two decades, Garner has experienced tremendous economic opportunities, thanks in large part to strong educational resources and a steady supply of talent.

Garner's available labor pool is made up of numerous components. Our workforce is consistently fueled by new talent. Each year, a dozen area colleges and universities flood the local labor market with approximately 100,000 new graduates. Forty-seven percent of area residents 25 years of age or older have at least a bachelor's degree.

North Carolina is one of 22 states with a “right-to-work” law. Closed shop and union shop agreements are illegal and void. North Carolina’s union membership rate is among the lowest in the nation.