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Wake Forest is a suburb of Raleigh with a population of 36,472. Wake Forest is in Wake County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Wake Forest offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wake Forest there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Wake Forest and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Wake Forest are highly rated.
About Wake Forest...
Population
36,472

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$270,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$973
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Wake Forest 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
    81
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    17
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    200
    500
  • Theft
    1,528
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    36
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$81,200
National
$55,322
Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Wake Forest is a historical district located about 25 minutes from Downtown Raleigh. Within the past 15 years, Wake Forest has grown incredibly and continues to still expand. Wake Forest is located just outside of the Research Triangle which gives residents the opportunity to take advantage of the world renowned medical care. There are plenty of fun things to do. Wake Forest is about 10 minutes away from Falls Lake which is home to amazing walking trails & plenty of fun on the water activities. There are also plenty of great educational opportunities with many different education system available. Wake Forest High School is ranked nationally for their incredible football program & won 4AA State Championship in 2016. Aside from football, there are plenty of great extracurricular activities, including soccer teams, archery centers, cheerleading,etc. Overall, Wake Forest is a great place to raise a family or retire with a great location &plenty of fun activities&opportunities to embrace.
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Wake Forest is no where near perfect, but can have times where is peaks excellence. Wake Forest, personally is a very simplistic town, the most basic of towns. You have the one quarter mile street with the old time attractions. I love it because it's also in walking distance of our high school. Sometimes after school, my friends and I walk from school to downtown and eat at this awesome hot dog outpost called, Shorties. The reason I only gave four stars is because they haven't added anything new. In all Wake Forest is a great town with some amazing people and I totally recommend visiting.
Had a pleasant few years living here! The people here are fantastic and still exemplify Southern charm. You will not find any other people who are as kind and willing to help you out. Not to mention the neighborhoods are safe and family friendly too. There are neighborhood parties to help unite the neighborhood community and connect with other families more!