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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
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  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. Living in Wake County offers residents a suburban feel and 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
Area Feel
Suburban
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
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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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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.
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The homeschool community is great! I have a great church. There are so many extra curricular activities available, it's great! The weather is pretty great here.
I can definitely say "In Wake County, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days!" When you live in one place for the majority of your life, you begin to see that place grow with resources. New stores and facilities, New additions to playgrounds, New Faces and an Increase in diversity. Wake County has definitely been that way for me.