Wake Forest

Welcome to Wake Forest

When it comes to character, Wake Forest is far from lacking. Stroll through the streets of the historic Downtown district, filled with locally owned shops and cozy restaurants, stop in at the farmers' market, where you'll find fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and handmade goods, or explore the paved trails at the scenic E. Carrol Joyner Park, and you'll understand. Life in Wake Forest is idyllic yet exciting, historic yet modern, and quiet...yet minutes from big-city action. Around every corner and down every street, you'll find welcoming neighbors, locally owned stores, and tree-filled green spaces. Plus, with new businesses and developments coming to the community every year, you can expect consistent growth.

Want to learn more about this one-of-a-kind community just north of Raleigh? Explore all that life in Wake Forest has to offer, and find your new home here today. 

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Live, Work & Play in Wake Forest


Historic brick buildings and walkways line the streets downtown, but Wake Forest is anything but dated. Inside these buildings, you'll find popular spots like White Street Brewing Company, arts and culture hubs like the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, and community institutions that have been around for over 100 years, like Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs—all signs of the community's historic roots and bright future.


With Raleigh right down the road, residents of Wake Forest enjoy a fairly active job market and a variety of career options. Within Wake County, the largest employers include Duke University and Health System, the State of North Carolina, the Wake County Public School System, and the IBM Corporation. With other Triangle communities in commuting distance, there are plenty of other options, as well!


What are you looking to do in your free time? Do you want to browse the local farmers' market on Saturday mornings, and fill up on fresh and local produce? Do you want to enjoy the sunset and a leisurely waterfront walk in the evenings? Or maybe you'd like to sample locally brewed beers while you ring in the weekend? You don't have to drive into Raleigh—you'll find all of that and more here in Wake Forest. 

Wake Forest at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: I-540, US-1
Airport: RDU International Airport
Public Transit: GoTriangle
Distance to Durham: 11.3 miles, 27 minutes
Distance to Raleigh: 28.5 miles, 38 minutes

Area Stats

Population: 42,269
County: Wake, Franklin
Zip Codes: 27587, 27588
Avg Temperatures: Summer: 88°F / 69°F and Winter: 51°F / 33°F
Median Household Income: $77,173

Wake Forest Attractions

What You'll Really Love in Wake Forest

Tons of Events

From free concerts in the park to downtown festivals, the streets of Wake Forest are filled with celebrations and happenings pretty much every weekend. A few of our favorites include Wake Forest Mardi Gras, which brings a little bit of New Orleans to North Carolina, the Meet in the Street spring festival, and Beach Night on White, which celebrates the end of summer in style. You can also expect events for every major holiday, from Christmas to Fourth of July and everything in between.

Stunning Outdoor Recreation

Here in North Carolina, we have great weather almost year-round—so it makes sense that you'd want to take advantage of it! Luckily, Wake Forest offers easy access to tons of outdoor recreation. Just a few minutes away, you'll find the expansive Falls Lake State Park, which features a 12,000 acre reservoir and plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating (non-gasoline), and hiking. For green space closer to town, check out Forest Ridge Park and E. Carroll Joyner Park.

Local Shopping & Dining

The streets of Downtown Wake Forest are filled with locally owned shops, from gift stores to book stores and everything in between. Be sure to check out popular local spots like the Cotton Company, Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium, Page 158 Books, and the Record Krate. Once you work up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants Downtown to satisfy your cravings, including Shorty's, Black & White Coffee Roasters, Over the Falls, and Las Margaritas.

Top-Ranked Public Schools

If you're moving to town with kids, then you'll find the Wake Forest schools to be more than satisfactory. Part of both Wake County Public School System and Franklin County Schools—both of which are known as some of the best districts in the state—Wake Forest has 34 schools total, so there are plenty of educational options. No matter which school your students end up attending, they'll enjoy a rich academic atmosphere and a wide variety of extracurriculars.

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