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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Wake Forest is a suburb of Raleigh with a population of 40,159. 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 sparse 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
40,159

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$285,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,083
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    74.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,302
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    16%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Wake Forest

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$88,394
National
$55,322

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My name is Kimberly Noriega, a Puerto-Rican high school senior at Wake Forest High. I’ve lived here for roughly 4 years and loved each and every one of them. Wake County is an amazing area. There are so many events, shopping plazas, good restaurants, and places of entertainment. Bored? No problem! After school, I go with my friends to downtown Wake Forest and bowl, play pool at Shorty’s, and take a stroll.

Wake County also has delightful parks such as E. Carroll Joyner Park. Joyner Park is the perfect spot to jog, pick pecans, and go fishing! There are also many family-friendly events like concerts. Another park I recommend visiting is the H. L. Miller Park. This park is perfect for lounging and enjoying a picnic.

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 buildings being made on top of forests thriving with plant and animal life.
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An extremely family-friendly suburb with plenty to do. When we moved here, my family was pleasantly surprised by everything that is offered in this area and how friendly the residents are! There are community events almost every weekend in the lovely downtown area. Wake Forest is growing, but the town is doing a great job at keeping its community feel and cleanliness. Here you can get away from the busyness of a bigger city without being too far away from one and still having enough to do. I would not recommend living here if you have to drive into Raleigh everyday for work. It is a rough commute because the roads get so backed up.
Wake Forest is a great suburb that offers many things to do. It has definitely grown since I have moved out of the area a couple of years ago! More and more businesses are coming to Wake Forest. My old neighborhood was close to the downtown area, so I usually walked there a few times a week. It was always clean, safe, and had a nice variety of stores. The community is very welcoming and kind. Wake Forest is easily accessible to bigger cities if you want to find more things to do. I wish if Wake Forest had more open areas like it used to, but the greenway and walking trails are wonderful. The houses here are also much cheaper than in surrounding areas.