Wake Forest


Wake Forest, NC is a city of 40,000 in North Carolina. Wake Forest is located in Wake  and Franklin Counties. It is one of the fastest growing suburbs in America. Once home to Wake Forest University, the school has now moved to Winston-Salem. The town’s population is 451,949. The Wake Forest area is considered one of the fastest growing parts of North Carolina.

  • Population: 34,786
  • Median Age:  35.8
  • Median Household Income: 80,978
  • Poverty Rate: 6.9%
  • Number of Employees: 15,925
  • Median Property Value: $267,300

Wake Forest celebrated its centennial in 2009.

The name comes from Dr. Calvin Jones, who owned a 615-acre plantation, the land most of the town stands on today, was named the postmaster for the area in 1823 and began heading his letters as coming from Wake Forest. NC State call Wake Forest home.

Wake Forest is a beautiful historic town.

Wake Forest’s historic downtown district home to a charming community of art galleries, shops and restaurants,  and authentic N.C.-style Southern cooking at Sugar Magnolia Café . Or for  a quick lunch try a  hot dog at Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs, a family-owned local favorite since 1916.


Wake Forest is a great place to Shop.


Shopping  in Wake Forest is always a lot of fun, people come from all over the triangle to shop  The Cotton Company, a renovated warehouse with boutiques of home furnishings and accessories, art and fine crafts, women’s fashion, or meet artists working in their studios. The N.C. Specialty Shops, is another great stop where you can make your own gift basket filled with Tar Heel souvenirs. Sho at the Wake Forest Farmers Market to find local cheeses, fruits, soaps and other great gifts.


Wake Forest is historical center.

Wake Forest’s rich history can be explored at the Wake Forest Historical Museum and the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which was once the Wake Forest College campus before the school moved to Winston-Salem in the 1950s.


Favorite Neighborhoods in Wake Forest

With its historic downtown and quintessentially southern shopping Wake Forest has some of the triangle’s finest new homes:

There’s nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Wake Forest, you’ll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Wake Forest, and putting down their money on brand new construction.

Named the Best Suburb to raise a family,  Olde Mill Stream near the Richland Creek Greenway near some of the area’s favorite parks, or enjoy the beautiful Beau Pre neighborhood. There is a neighborhood for everyone.

Wake Forest is ideally located for commuters.

Whether you commute locally or travel for a living, the location of Wake Forest to the airport makes commuting easy. Wake Forest is a 30 minute ride to Wake Forest-Durham International Airport.  The Research Triangle Park is about 30 miles from Wake Forest.

Education matters in Wake Forest.

Not only is the area home to 3 of the top universities in the state, if not the country.  With three world-class universities located in the area: North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina not to mention 23 other colleges and universities.  Wake Forest values education. In 2010 GreatSchools ranked Wake Forest as the #1 City for schools in the United States. Wake Forest is a great place to live and learn.

Weather in Wake Forest

People love the weather in Wake Forest. If you are moving from the cold weather of the Northeast or the heat of the South you will love the weather in Wake Forest. Wake Forest 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 Wake Forest, and if you miss the snow, the mountains are not far away. The great news is that the beach is near too.  Wake Forest is ideally located for the weather and for quick getaways.


Keeping active in Wake Forest.


Wake Forest currently has over 8 miles of trails and greenways  and a plan to increase that to 50 miles.  Falls Lake Dam and Joyner Park are favorites of both locals and visitors.  Wake Forest also has family friendly music, food, and festivals, with events like the annual Meet in the Streets.

Did you know? Fun facts about Wake Forest

  • Wake Forest University is no longer in the town of Wake Forest.
  • The city has been named A Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

About the Region.

Wake Forest, 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 Wake Forest County, four miles from downtown Wake Forest. RTP is bordered on three sides by the city of Wake Forest and is roughly midway between the cities of Wake Forest and Chapel Hill, and the three major research universities of NC State University, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.