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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Wake Forest is a suburb of Raleigh with a population of 38,473. 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
38,473

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$278,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,037
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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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
    80.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    199.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,527.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    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
    4%
    13%

Working in Wake Forest

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$85,155
National
$55,322

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Wake Forest Reviews

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We love it here! My family and I moved to Wake Forest from a Sacramento, CA suburb and our quality of life has increased significantly. Their parks and recreation programs are exceptional and very affordable. There is everything you need within driving distance, and if you live near downtown, everything you need is really close by. Lots of businesses that are well supported by the residents, especially in the downtown area. There is a terrific local art and music scene too! I love that we can still drive by developed areas and still see lots and lots of trees. People are friendly and welcoming. It's the perfect mixture of urban and rural, and I am very grateful that we made it our home.
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It depends on where you come from. If you come from a rural or "Anytown USA" area it may feel like the most convenient place ever. If you come from a major metro Wake Forest can be very disappointing. While the town is certainly growing the types of businesses moving in are on the lower end. Infinite chain restaurants, many with drive thru, mattress stores, auto parts, nail spas, car washes and of course Walmart. No natural supermarkets, fine furniture or high end dining. These things are probably not important to the most people living here.

However, there are lots of daycare and nursery school options. Also a huge complex called the Factory where there are lots of sports type activities for kids of most ages. There are also many churches.

Unfortunately, thanks to poor planning and few routes in the town, traffic is as bad as places with lots more to offer so what's the point? Probably the affordable housing. You can have a very nice home for a small price here.
As someone who has grown up in Wake Forest, I have been given the opportunity to watch this area grow and develop over the past 18 years. Wake Forest is currently one of the fastest growing cities in North Carolina because of the lively sense of community the area has to offer. There are many events held all throughout the year that cater to all the different types of people in the area. Wake Forest is a great place to live for those working in the Research Triangle Area as the commute is not a terribly long one. Overall, Wake Forest is a wonderful area to settle if you are looking for a lively living experience in North Carolina.