Introduction to Knightdale, North Carolina

Knightdale, North Carolina, in Wake County, is 8 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. The population of Knightdale is 5,958.

Knightdale History

John Lawson became the first European to explore the present-day territory of Knightdale in 1701. Following Lawson's report on the area, the King of England began donating the land to willing settlers, and John Hinton settled in the area in 1730. In the 19th century, the community’s economy was based largely on harvesting crops like tobacco and cotton. The Norfolk and Southern Railroad Company arrived in the area in the early 1900s. Henry Haywood Knight, a local farmer and businessman, donated land to be used for the construction of a railroad station. The community was later named Knightdale in his honor. Knightdale was officially incorporated on March 9, 1927.

Knightdale and nearby Attractions

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

Things To Do In Knightdale

Marbles Kids Museum, the North Carolina Museum of History and the Raleigh City Museum are some of the museums located near Knightdale. The Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve features nature trails and a nature center, while boating, fishing, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking and horseback riding are all available at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and William B. Umstead State Park.

Knightdale Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International is the closest major airport.

Knightdale Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include North Carolina State University, Shaw University and Wake Technical Community College.


Total Population 13,243
Male Share of the Population 43.2%
Female Share of the Population 56.8%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,228
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $80,204
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $926
Median House Value $169,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 7.7%

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

Knightdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Wake
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27545
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.787
Longitude -78.48

Knightdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 12.3 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
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clayton 17,869 $75,060
Garner 27,160 $68,185
Raleigh 432,520 $70,061
Rolesville 5,006 $89,356
Wendell 6,169 $51,444

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

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