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Overview

Introduction to Wake Forest, North Carolina

Wake Forest, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 16 miles NE of Raleigh, North Carolina.Part of the surrounding Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area, the town is not an isolated town.

Wake Forest History

The area now known as the town of Wake Forest was originally developed around 1820. Dr. Calvin Jones from New England purchased the land in the same year and later sold it to the North Carolina Baptist Convention. In fact, Dr. Jones' farm is the site of Wake Forest College, which was originally named as Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad first entered the area in 1840. It was incorporated as the "Town of Wake Forest College" in 1880. Later in 1909, it settled on its present name. Wake Forest was named after Wake County.

Wake Forest and nearby Attractions

  • Falls Lake State Recreation Area
  • Rollingview State Recreation Area
  • Playspace Children's Museum
  • State Capitol
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • North Carolina Museum of History

Things To Do In Wake Forest

The Falls Lake State Recreation Area is located in Wake Forest. The town also has several other parks and open spaces such as the J.B. Flaherty Park, Kiwanis Park, Plummer Park, Ailey Young Park, and Tyler Run Park. The Triangle Metro Zoo is also worth visiting. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Heritage Golf Club.

Wake Forest Transportation

Franklin County Airport is nearby.

Wake Forest Higher Education

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Wake Forest. Shaw University, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and Meredith College are some of the other nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 34,786
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 15,654
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 62.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $98,064
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 11.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $962
Median House Value $267,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.2%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 15.5%

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

Wake Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 16 miles NE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Wake
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27587
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27588
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.979
Longitude -78.51

Wake Forest 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 LOUISBURG
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 51 F
Apr Temp 42 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches
Station RALEIGH DURHAM AP
Distance 17.2 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
Station OXFORD 1 E
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Creedmoor 4,289 $74,276
Franklinton 2,319 $42,554
Knightdale 13,243 $80,204
Louisburg 3,499 $65,068
Rolesville 5,006 $89,356

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

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Wake Forest High Schools

WAKE FOREST-ROLESVILLE HIGH
420 W STADIUM DR
919-554-8611
Serves 1,507 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

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