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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,472
Male Share of the Population48.2%
Female Share of the Population51.8%
Senior Citizens10.6%
Employed Population 16+16,919
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married60.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54%
Median Earnings25+$47,778
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,097
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,913

Wealth

Median Family Income$97,032
% Above Poverty Level93.5%
% Below Poverty Level6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home10.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone19.5%
Median Gross Rent$973
Median House Value$270,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.5%
German15%
Irish12.9%
English11.6%
Italian7.8%
Polish3.2%
Scottish3%
French Except Basque2.3%
Dutch1.5%
Russian1.4%
Welsh1.1%
Norwegian0.8%
African0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Hungarian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Wake Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wake County
Standard Zip Codes27587
P.O. Box Zip Codes27588
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.97
Approximate Longitude-78.52

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)

StationLOUISBURG
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 51 F
Apr Temp42 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 90 F
Oct Temp42 to 73 F
Annual Precip47.5 inches
StationRALEIGH DURHAM AP
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp30 to 50 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip43 inches
StationOXFORD 1 E
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp46 to 71 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Creedmoor4,353$74,607
Franklinton2,253$43,164
Knightdale13,787$82,550
Louisburg3,530$65,884
Rolesville5,583$98,667
Youngsville1,457$41,667

Wake Forest Public Schools

Endeavor Charter
4879 One World Way
ZIP: 27587
(919) 848-0333
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Franklin Academy
1127 Chalks Rd
ZIP: 27587
(919) 570-8262
Other
Total Enrollment 1639
Heritage Elementary
3500 Rogers Road
ZIP: 27587
(919) 562-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 842
Heritage High
1150 Forestville Road
ZIP: 27587
(919) 570-5600
High
Total Enrollment 1910
Heritage Middle
3400 Rogers Road
ZIP: 27587
(919) 562-6204
Middle
Total Enrollment 1287
Jones Dairy Elementary
1100 Jones Dairy Road
ZIP: 27587
(919) 562-6181
Primary
Total Enrollment 793
Richland Creek Es
840 Wallridge Drive
ZIP: 27587
(919) 554-6333
Primary
Total Enrollment 257
Wake Forest Charter Academy
1851 Friendship Chapel Road
ZIP: 27587
(919) 263-8673
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Wake Forest Elementary
136 W Sycamore Avenue
ZIP: 27587
(919) 554-8655
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Wake Forest High School
420 Stadium Drive
ZIP: 27587
(919) 554-8611
High
Total Enrollment 1953
Wake Forest Middle School
1800 S Main St
ZIP: 27587
(919) 554-8440
Middle
Total Enrollment 1021

Wake Forest Private Schools

Montessori Children's House Of Wake Forest
802 Mill St
ZIP: 27587
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
St Catherine Of Siena Catholic School
520 W Holding Ave
ZIP: 27587
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Thales Academy
3106 Heritage Trade Dr
ZIP: 27587
Elementary
Total Enrollment 466
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