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Demographics

Updated QuickFact Table  - US Census Bureau Information - Knightdale, NC



About Us
Knightdale is uniquely positioned in Wake County for business and residential development. Located at the nexus of several major highways, nestled directly to the east of downtown Raleigh, and linked directly to Research Triangle Park via Interstate 540, Knightdale is an ideal location for commerce and living. As one of the fastest growing town in North Carolina and the commercial hub of Eastern Wake County, Knightdale is the perfect home for your business.

Being strategically located just east of Raleigh and the Neuse River, the Town of Knightdale is well-positioned for continued growth and development.  According to the US Census Bureau, Knightdale was the 15th fastest growing municipality in North Carolina from 2000 to 2009, having garnered the top spot in the state for the period from 2008 to 2009.  Meanwhile, estimates from the Office of State Budget and Management also show Knightdale growing at a healthy 8% per year, bringing the current estimated population to near 12,000.

Knightdale's planning jurisdiction not only covers the 6.2 square miles within the corporate limits, but also a further 14.8 square miles around the town.  All areas have been proactively zoned for industrial, commercial, residential, and mixed-use development according to the town's vision as stated inits 2027 Comprehensive Plan.  Through a regional partnership with the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, Knightdale's water and sewer infrastructure continues to expand.  By 2011, major sewer projects north and south of town will have opened up much of the planning jurisdiction along US 64/264 and I-540, creating ideal opportunities for continued growth.

Knightdale strives to be a Safe, Transparent, Active, Green, and Engaged Community (STAGE).  Completed in late 2005 following an extensive 2-year community outreach and review process, the town's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) streamlined the approval processes for developers while ensureing that projects meet the expected standards for architecture, environmental sensitivity, and public infrastrure.  The UDO's regulations allow for higher density projects and more creative development opportunities that have led to a recent surge of apporximately 750 new apartment units; over 500,000 square feet of new commercial space; 120,000 square feet of new medical office space, and continued steady growth in single-family neighborhoods.  At the same time, the Town is gaining open space, recreational activities, attractive landscaping, amenities for pedestrians, and mass-transit --making Knightdale a complete package in which to live, work, shop, and play.

The Town's annual operating budget has grown to more than $9 million and a dedicated capital improvement budget of approximately $1 million.  Additionally, the Town's long-term debt is less than one percent of its assessed tax base valuation, and its bond rating is a strong A2.  Knightdale's strategic planning, coupled with its sound financial health, will keep the Town as one of Wake County's best locations for residential, commercial, and industrial development.

Learn more detailed information about Knightdale from our 2013 Data Sheet. (PDF)
The Quick Fact Data Sheet (QFDS) is an annual publication of the Planning Department that assembles a brief sampling of facts and statistics from various sources about the health and vibrancy of the Town. Click here to see past Quick Fact Data Sheets from previous years.

Looking for a place to locate your business?
If you are interested in available space or land in the Town, check the regularly updated listings of office/retail/industrial space availibility of developed properties - (PDF) and undeveloped properties (PDF) for sale or lease.

Business Permits and Licenses
All new Businesses in the Town are required to have a Zoning Compliance Permit. That permit and similar zoning permits can be found on The Town of Knightdale Website - Zoning Permits, Applications and Guides page

Unless specifically exempt under state law, a privilege license is required for anyone who:

  • Maintains a business location within Knightdale limits or 
  • Solicits business within Knightdale (personally or through agents) or
  • Picks up or delivers goods or services within Knightdale
    *Separate licenses may be required if there is more than one type of business

Download a privilege license application or obtain one by fax, mail or e-mail. Return it to the Town of Knightdale Finance Department with the associated fee.

Privilege License Instructions
Privilege License Resources

Thrive in NC, a section of the N.C. Department of Commerce, has details on state licenses, permits and regulatory requirements. (North Carolina has no single business license covering all requirements.)

The responsive Town of Knightdale Planning staff is committed in helping your business or development flourish in our community. They're happy to meet to discuss your plans. Be sure to check out their website for up-to-date information about business in Knightdale.