According to numbers reported by a local newspaper, Raleigh has more than 1,000 applications for 52 positions this year. That compares with 500 applications this time last year.
Durham averages about 170 applications per year. It already has had 188 people test for 14 vacancies this year.
Yearly salaries for both cities' departments begin around $33,000.
Raleigh says it may stop taking applications because it has received so many.