Special Report

These Are the Counties in the Raleigh, NC Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

As the omicron variant spreads, new daily cases of COVID-19 have hit new highs in the United States. To date, 68,964,506 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 854,925 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Raleigh metropolitan area, located in North Carolina, a total of 299,180 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 22,967 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 21,079 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Raleigh than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Raleigh metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents — and of them, Wake County in North Carolina has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 234,688 infections in Wake County, or 22,425 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Wake County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Raleigh metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 90 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Wake County, below the 105 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Raleigh metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Jan. 24, 2022.

These are all the counties in North Carolina where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Wake County, NC 22,425 234,688 90 942
2 Franklin County, NC 25,021 16,239 99 64
3 Johnston County, NC 25,241 48,253 190 364

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