Introduction to Morrisville, North Carolina

Morrisville, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 3 miles NW of Cary, North Carolina (center to center) and 11 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town, which is in the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill area, has 5,208 residents.

Morrisville History

In the 19th century, Jeremiah Morris donated land for the construction of a North Carolina Railroad depot, water tower, and other houses, and in 1852, the community was named "Morrisville" in his honor. It was officially chartered in 1875, but was disincorporated in 1933. However, the town charter was restored in 1947.

Morrisville and Nearby Attractions

  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • Duke Homestead State Historic Site
  • State Capitol
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • Eno River State Park
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum

Things To Do In Morrisville

The North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, Ackland Art Museum, and the North Carolina Museum of Art have displays of artifacts and memorabilia which reflect the region's historical and cultural heritage. State Capitol, the Greek revival structure constructed in the 1830s, is a historic site near Morrisville. The town also offers easy access to the Bennett Place State Historic Site, and Duke Homestead State Historic Site. Swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, and camping can be enjoyed at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Eno River State Park, and Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Morrisville is also home to several parks including the Crabtree Creek Nature Park, Morrisville Community Park, Cedar Fork District Park, and Ruritan Park.

Morrisville Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Morrisville Higher Education

Morrisville is home to satellite campuses of DeVry University , and North Carolina Wesleyan College. Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Wake Technical Community College, Saint Augustine's College, and Shaw University are nearby.


Total Population 21,726
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 5.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,422
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 66.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 65.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $105,306
% Above Poverty Level 95.6%
% Below Poverty Level 4.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 10.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,092
Median House Value $279,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 8.1%

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

Morrisville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW of Cary, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Wake
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27519, 27560
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.823
Longitude -78.825

Morrisville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.8 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
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Station SANFORD 8 NE
Distance 23.7 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
Apex 42,220 $106,886
Cary 151,186 $112,844
Durham 246,084 $64,714
Garner 27,160 $68,185
Holly Springs 28,640 $102,375
Raleigh 432,520 $70,061

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

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