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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Housing
    A
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    A
  7. Weather
    B
  8. Cost of Living
    B-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  11. Commute
    B-
Wake County is located in North Carolina with a population of 1,046,558. 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
$265,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,102
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Wake County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

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
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Wake County

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,956
National
$55,322

Wake County Reviews

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This is a rapidly growing community with plenty of fun, safe opportunities to explore! There are parks, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, churches, community events, and much more. It is a short distance from Raliegh and Durham but is still small-town living. There is a perfect harmony of activities for all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. It is home to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and very close to Wake Technical Community College, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill. There are four moderate seasons to enjoy as well as relative close proximity to the NC mountains and beaches. From a small coffee shop to big city living, Wake County has it all.
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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.
I truly enjoy living in Wake County, especially in the city of Raleigh. The city is vibrant for food, entertainment, and outdoor spaces. It's also perfectly positioned between the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the beautiful North Carolina beaches, making weekend vacations an easy getaway. Aside form the attractions, Raleigh is a wonderful place to raise a family.