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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B-
Wake County is located in North Carolina with a population of 1,023,811. Wake County is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. In Wake County, most residents own their homes. In Wake County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Wake County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Wake County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$250,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,043
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Wake County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    62
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    29.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    232.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,189.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    51.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Wake County

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,577
National
$55,322

Wake County Reviews

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My name is Kimberly Noriega. I am currently a Puerto-Rican high school senior at Wake Forest High, and in dual enrollment courses at Wake Technical College. I’ve lived here for roughly 4 years and loved each and every one of them. Wake County is an amazing area to live in. There are so many events, shopping plazas, good restaurants, and places of entertainment. Bored? No problem, go to downtown Wake Forest! After school, I sometimes go with my friends to downtown Wake Forest and bowl, play pool at Shorty’s, and take a stroll through the beautiful town.
One thing I would like to seek change in is keeping Wake County’s trees and environments for animals. Currently, there is deforestation in Wake Forest. It is saddening to see new apartments and corporations being built on top of forests thriving with plant and animal life.
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Wake county is a very diverse area and has great networking opportunities for all ages. Wake county is a growing city and has evolved over time. This has brought about various job opportunities. Wake county has various colleges, community colleges, and technical school within the triangle area. This in term brings in more people from various backgrounds and also builds the schools as well. The wake county area is also safe and family friendly environment this helps the real estate as well. I enjoy the various festivals and family activities that they have on the weekends.
Wake County offer a variety of things. For those who are looking for new job opportunities then look no furthers. For parents who looking for schools for their kids then you are luck. There are numerous schools you can enroll your kids.

Wake has very big real estate market and it is very diverse. I never encounter Indians (not native), Japanese, Chinese, Iranian and even Romanian before I move here.

On the opposite end the commute time can be terrible due to traffic jams on small lane highways and impatient people. While housing can be very affordable depending on where you live; rent however is a different story altogether. Raleigh is starting suffer what people currently experience in Washington D.C and NYC.