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Wake Forest at a Glance

Travel & Commute

Durham: 22.9 mi
Raleigh: 18.5 mi
RDU Airport: 24 mi
Major Roads: US-1

Quick Facts

Population: 40,112
Growth Since 2000: +118%
Zip Codes: 27587, 27588
County: Wake
Mean Home Price: $303,700

Enjoy Small-Town Life in Wake Forest

Get to know the charming community of Wake Forest, a suburb of Raleigh that offers a variety of opportunities to shop, dine, and play. With tons of community events to participate in, a picturesque downtown filled with local shops, and hundreds of acres of parks and green space, there's always something to do in Wake Forest.

Explore this tight-knit community, and learn more about what makes it so special. Find your new home in Wake Forest today. 

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Wake Forest Attractions

Why Do Residents Choose Wake Forest?


Things to Do

Stay busy in Wake Forest! No matter what your hobbies and interests may be, Wake Forest offers tons of opportunities to get outside and get involved in the community. Go for a hike at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area on a portion of the famous Mountains-to-Sea Trail, or just go for a walk on one of the one mile loop trails. Head to the Cotton Company to explore one of the 50 boutiques or the art gallery located in the building. 

Explore the rich local history of Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, which features artifacts, exhibits, and special events detailing the timeline of the town. Afterwards, take a stroll down the streets of the historical downtown and marvel at the quaint and charming storefronts and architecture. 

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Parks & Rec

When you live in Wake Forest, you can look forward to exploring the over 560 acres of parks and green space that the city manages. Play a game of catch at one of the five baseball and softball fields, volley back and forth in one of the eight lighted tennis courts, or pack some fruit and sandwiches for a picnic at one of the six picnic shelters

Explore local history and beauty at some of the restored farm buildings and perennial gardens at the E. Carroll Joyner Park, the city's newest and largest park. The E. Carroll Joyner Park is also just one of the many locations where community events are held, like family movie nights and live concerts!

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Top-Notch Schools

Are you moving to the area with kids in tow? Wake Forest is served by the Wake County Public School System, which also serves the Cary and Raleigh areas. The schools in this district are nationally-recognized for their excellence and are ranked number one in the nation for Nationally Board Certified teachers. With a graduation rate of nearly 90% and tons of extracurricular activities to offer, Wake Forest is a great school district for all ages. 


Shopping & Dining

Feeling hungry? Wake Forest is home to tons of delicious local flavors thanks to all of the family and locally owned restaurants in the area. Enjoy live music and local art while you take in fresh food and hot drinks at the beautiful Sugar Magnolia Café and Emporium. Stop in for a local brew at White Street Brewing and taste one of the refreshing stouts or IPAs. Take in a more upscale night on the town with some Italian cuisine at the family owned and operated Il Bacio Italian Grille

If you're looking to browse some local boutiques and go window shopping, head to Capital Plaza, Gateway Commons, or Wake Forest Crossing for tons of local boutiques, chain retailers, and specialty stores. You're sure to find whatever you're looking for in the shops of Wake Forest! 

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The unemployment rate in Wake Forest is 3.2%, which is half a percentage point below the national average. Some of the largest employers in Wake Forest and the Wake County area include Duke University and Health System, the State of North Carolina, and the Wake County Public School System. Other areas of employment include the retail industry, tech companies, and finance. 

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