Thinking of relocating to the Raleigh Area?
Want to live in Wake County?
Towns and Cities surrounding Raleigh, NC in Wake County
Wake County is just one of several very popular counties in the Triangle, the desired locations around Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. If you're not that familiar with the area, here's an overview of the possibilities in Wake County alone. Remember some cities straddle county lines: one portion may be in Wake County, while another section is in Chatham, Johnston, Orange, or other counties.
Estimated population July 2006 - 350,000. Median resident age - 30.9. Median household income in 2005 - $48,131. Population density - 2991 people/square mile.
Homes near downtown can be older, but there's new construction on the outskirts too.
Estimated population July 2006 - 112,114. Median resident age - 33.7. Median household income in 2005 - $77,395. Population density - 2541 people/square mile.
Cary has some of the best shopping in the area. Home prices here average higher than elsewhere in Wake County.
Estimated population July 2006 - 23,741. Median resident age - 35.8. Median household income in 2005 - $49,400. Population density - 1750 people/square mile.
Just minutes south of downtown, Garner can be a more affordable alternative to Cary. Plenty of open space and larger homesites.
Estimated population July 2006 - 12,513. Median resident age - 30.3. Median household income in 2005 - $58,900. Population density - 1800 people/square mile.
Morrisville is a popular destination for those who work in the RTP (Research Park Triangle), and home prices and lot sizes reflect the popularity. Also, until recently, building was very limited in this town.
Estimated population July 2006 - 30,208. Median resident age - 31.2. Median household income in 2005 - $74,000. Population density - 2718 people/square mile.
Apex is a happy meeting ground between Raleigh and Durham. Just minutes down 64 from Cary, or take Hwy 1 to the beltline for easy access to Raleigh. Can be pricier than Holly Springs or Fuquay-Varina.
Estimated population July 2006 - 22,651. Median resident age - 31.5. Median household income in 2005 - $54,500. Population density - 2475 people/square mile.
On the far north side of Raleigh, Wake Forest is another great growing town.
Estimated population July 2006 - 17,425. Median resident age - 30.7. Median household income in 2005 - $72,500. Population density - 2039 people/square mile.
Holly Springs is nestled just south of Cary, and offers easy access to Cary shopping and Raleigh workplaces.
Estimated population July 2006 - 13,669. Median resident age - 32.6. Median household income in 2005 - $44,700. Population density - 1792 people/square mile.
Fuquay-Varina has lots of larger lot developments. Many on the outskirts have a half acre, three-quarters acre, or more. There's a old-time downtown area, but also plenty of newer retail.
Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs are especially popular with couples relocating to Fort Bragg. When one spouse works in the Triangle and the other works at Fort Bragg, these towns on the southern side of the Triangle can provide a meet-in-the-middle home.
Wake County property taxes are quite low compared to many parts of the country. Here's an easy reference:
Like anything, where you decide to live in the Raleigh area depends on a lot of factors:
What is your housing budget?
Where will you be working?
Do you prefer country or city?
And then there are more personal preferences, like the "feel" of a city. Take some time to explore the area. No matter what you're looking for, chances are you'll find it in the Raleigh area.
Here's some information on other available ready-to-build communities near Raleigh, to give you a little bit of a feel for the area:
If you'd like a free estimate of building costs on a particular home plan, please let us know. We'll be happy to help.
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