Wake Forest

Excitement Meets Relaxation in Small-Town Wake Forest

Located just north of Raleigh in the heart of the Triangle community, Wake Forest, NC is a fast-growing town that remembers its rich historic roots and works to preserve its small-town charm and community. Though the opportunities that surround it have brought tremendous development to this little-big town, Wake Forest is still a place where you can enjoy the perks of living in a small community: friendly neighbors, an exciting but accessible historic Downtown, and plenty of beautiful parks and natural areas. For those seeking the perfect small town, Wake Forest is a top choice.

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Wake Forest at a Glance

Quick Facts

Population: 42,111
County: Wake
Zip codes: 27596
Median rent: $1,117

Travel & Commute

RDU Airport: 25 miles
RTP: 25 miles
Raleigh: 20 miles
Durham: 20 miles
Major roads: US-1, NC-98, I-540

Wake Forest Area Attractions

Everything You'll LOVE in Wake Forest

Small-town attractions

Shopping and dining, history, art and entertainment… Wake Forest has it all. Step back through time at the DuBois Community Center or at Wake Forest Historical Museum. Check out a book or attend an event at the Wake Forest branch of Wake County Public Library. Spend an afternoon at The Factory, Wake Forest’s own sports and entertainment mall. Or even catch a local performance or take a workshop at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts.

Historic Downtown Wake Forest

Downtown Wake Forest is surely a spotlight must-see! Beautiful historic buildings line the streets, housing local boutiques, eateries, cafes, and galleries in a quaint old-timey setting. Downtown is also home to a wealth of events and celebrations throughout the year.

Parks & recreation

Wake Forest is an outstanding place to get outside and explore! It’s home to acres of beautifully maintained parkland and several miles of biking, hiking, and walking trails and pathways. Three outstanding golf courses can be found within Wake Forest, and its Parks and Recreation department offers a variety of community recreation programs and events throughout the year. Additionally, Falls Lake State Recreation Area is located just a few minutes away. Here, visitors enjoy endless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and more.

Outstanding employment opportunities

Though Wake Forest is perfectly situated in the Triangle area for easy access to Raleigh, Durham, and the Research Triangle Park, it offers many of its own top employers, including Wake County Public Schools, CenturyLink, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Rex Healthcare, Ultra Electronics, and Franklin Academy. Other top companies in the Triangle area include Duke University Health, IBM, WakeMed Health, GlaxoSmithKline, and SAS.

Top-notch education

Wake Forest is served by Wake County Public Schools and operates nine local schools in the area. These include Heritage High School and Wake Forest High School. Additionally, Wake Forest is home to two public charter schools, Franklin Academy and Endeavor Charter School, as well as several private schools and a Montessori school. Continuing education in Wake Forest can be found at Wake Technical Community College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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