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Overview

Introduction to Holly Springs, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 10 miles S of Cary, North Carolina (center to center) and 13 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town is located inside the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metropolitan area.

Holly Springs History

The Tuscarora Indians, who originally inhabited this region, used the area as a hunting ground. In the 1720s, an influx of European settlers arrived, and a community grew beside the fresh water springs, which were considered the original "holly springs." In the 1800s, the area had a general store, a Baptist Church, a Masonic Lodge, a sawmill, and a cotton gin. During the Civil War and in the following years, there was a decline in the community. However, the arrival of an entrepreneur, George Benton Alford, led to a revival. Alford started several businesses, including a sawmill, a cotton gin, a mercantile store, and the Holly Springs Land and Improvement Company. He also established the "Cape Fear Enterprise" newspaper. Holly Springs was incorporated as a town in 1877.

Holly Springs and Nearby Attractions

  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • State Capitol
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Holly Springs

State Capitol, the Greek Revival structure constructed in the 1830s, is a historic site near Holly Springs. The North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Ackland Art Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the natural, historical, and cultural background of the region. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve features trails and a nature center, while facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking are available at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. J.C. Raulston Arboretum is another popular attraction in the area.

Holly Springs Transportation

Raleigh - Durham International Airport is the closest major airport.

Holly Springs Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Wake Technical College, Meredith College, Shaw University, and Durham Technical Community College.

People

Total Population 28,640
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 6.8%
Employed Population 16+ 13,929
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 66.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.9%
Median Earnings25+ $51,286
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $33,013
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,262

Wealth

Median Family Income $102,375
% Above Poverty Level 97.5%
% Below Poverty Level 2.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 9.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,210
Median House Value $244,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.2%
Irish 16.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Holly Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles S of Cary, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Wake
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27540
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.651
Longitude -78.833

Holly Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RALEIGH 4 SW
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 72 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station RALEIGH STATE UNIV
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Station SANFORD 8 NE
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Angier 4,855 $55,130
Apex 42,220 $106,886
Cary 151,186 $112,844
Garner 27,160 $68,185
Morrisville 21,726 $105,306
Raleigh 432,520 $70,061

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS CHARTER HS
116 QUANTUM STREET
919-567-9955
A Charter School.
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

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