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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population31,827
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens7.2%
Employed Population 16+15,332
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married62.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher56.2%
Median Earnings25+$56,019
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,381
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,508

Wealth

Median Family Income$108,908
% Above Poverty Level96%
% Below Poverty Level4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home10.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone13.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,227
Median House Value$264,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.1%
German16.7%
Irish13.3%
English12.3%
Italian10.8%
Polish4.2%
Scottish4.1%
French Except Basque2.2%
Welsh1.6%
Swedish1.4%
Dutch1.1%
African1%
Arab1%
Slovak1%
Norwegian0.9%
Russian0.8%
Czech0.7%
Moroccan0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Macedonian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Holly Springs Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wake County
Standard Zip Codes27540
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.65
Approximate Longitude-78.83

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)

StationRALEIGH 4 SW
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp32 to 51 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp50 to 72 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationRALEIGH STATE UNIV
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp49 to 70 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationSANFORD 8 NE
Distance14.6 miles
Jan Temp30 to 52 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp47 to 74 F
Annual Precip47.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Angier5,151$56,316
Apex45,899$114,862
Cary159,715$117,304
Garner28,048$71,753
Morrisville23,873$111,000
Raleigh449,477$77,839

Holly Springs Public Schools

Holly Grove Elementary
1451 Avent Ferry Road
ZIP: 27540
(919) 577-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 1128
Holly Grove Middle
1401 Avent Ferry Road
ZIP: 27540
(919) 567-4177
Middle
Total Enrollment 1439
Holly Ridge Elementary
900 Holly Springs Road
ZIP: 27540
(919) 577-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 803
Holly Ridge Middle
950 Holly Springs Road
ZIP: 27540
(919) 577-1335
Middle
Total Enrollment 1222
Holly Springs Elementary
401 Holly Springs Road
ZIP: 27540
(919) 557-2660
Primary
Total Enrollment 1086
Holly Springs High
5329 Cass Holt Road
ZIP: 27540
(919) 577-1444
High
Total Enrollment 2418
Southern Wake Academy
5108 Old Powell Rd
ZIP: 27540
(919) 567-9955
Other
Total Enrollment 306

Holly Springs Private Schools

New School Montessori Center
5617 Sunset Lake Rd
ZIP: 27540
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
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