Garner is “a great place to be”
Located 10 minutes from the state capital in Raleigh, Garner is in Wake County, North Carolina. The town’s population is 27,610. The Raleigh-Durham area, which includes Garner is considered one of the fastest growing parts of North Carolina. Money Magazine said, “The western Wake County town has “small-town charm, plus all the benefits of being close to a big city.”
- Population: 27,610
- Median Age: 38
- Median Household Income: $58,825
- Poverty Rate: 11%
- Number of Employees: 13,828
- Median Property Value: $164,700
Garner has a great quality of life.
Garner’s crime rate is lower than approximately 19% lower than of North Carolina average and 27% lower than the national average. While having a small town feel Garner is near the State Capital, as well as parklands and culture venues. Garner’s cost of living is 5 percent lower than North Carolina’s average, making it the least expensive of the Top 10 cities to live in North Carolina.
The Garner Historic District is the heart of the city.
The Downtown Garner historic district is home to many unique businesses. When they shut for the night, sports bring Garner families downtown for baseball, basketball, and skating. If sports is not your thing the Garner Performing Arts Center attracts audiences from across the region and is known for its Broadway Voices, Downtown Sounds, The Towne Players of Garner and It’s Showtime! series. Scotty McCreery played here before winning American Idol.
Work in Garner
Garner benefits from being in the Triangle, with that bring excellent employment opportunities. Top employers in the region include IBM Corporation, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, SAS Institute Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., BASF Corporation, Biogen Idec Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.
Over 40,000 people in the region work at the world renowned Research Triangle Park (RTP). RTP is affiliated with the region’s three world-class universities – Duke University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University – and is home to notable institutions like the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. RTP is credited with fueling roughly 1,800 startups since the 1970s.
Garner is ideally located for commuters.
Whether you commute locally or travel for a living, the location of Garner to the airport makes commuting easy. Garner is a 25 minute ride to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The Research Triangle Park is less than 25 miles away. Garner is near I-40, Highway 70 and the Triangle.
Education matters in Garner.
Not only is the area home to 3 of the top universities in the state, if not the country. Wake County Schools are some of the top in the nation, and an excellent reason to make the move. Garner is home to top public and private schools. If you’re looking for a great education, it’s hard to beat the schools offered in Garner.
Weather in Garner
People love the weather in Garner. If you are moving from the cold weather of the Northeast or the heat of the South you will love the weather in Garner. Garner has every season, Winter is going to be much less harsh than New England. While summer may seem hot to the northerners you won’t experience the heat that you get in Florida or the Southeast.
It doesn’t snow often in Garner, and if you miss the snow, the mountains are not far away. The great news is that the beach is near too. Garner is ideally located for the weather and for quick getaways.
Keeping active in Garner.
Garner has over 12 parks covering over 475 acres. Including 6 different trails and has boats to rent at Lake Benson. There are three dog parks including the newly opened North Garner Dog Park.
Did you know?
Garner has been named :
- One of the top 10 cities to live in North Carolina
- Town motto is “great place to be”.
- Garner was named an All-America City in 2013.
- American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is from Garner.
- 2012 Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt is from Garner.
About the Region.
Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary metro areas of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of “The Triangle” originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, four miles from downtown Durham. RTP is bordered on three sides by the city of Durham and is roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the three major research universities of NC State University, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.