Want to Live in Wake County? Cities and Towns Surrounding Raleigh, NC

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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.

The City of Raleigh

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. 

What towns and cities are in Wake County near Raleigh?Town of Cary

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.

Town of Garner

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.

Town of Morrisville

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.

Town of Apex

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.

Town of Wake Forest

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. 

Town of Holly Springs

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.

Town of Fuquay-Varina

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. 

Raleigh Relocation Package - Towns in Wake County

Wake County property taxes are quite low compared to many parts of the country.  Here's an easy reference:

Click here for information on Wake County tax rates.

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.

Raleigh Retirement - What Cities and Towns are in Wake County?

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:

Cattail Creek in Chatham County (Homes in the mid $200s to the mid $300s)

Lakestone Village in Fuquay-Varina (Homes in the upper $200s to upper $300s)

Vintage Acres in Fuquay-Varina (Homes in the $280s-$350s)

South Pointe in Fuquay-Varina (Homes in the mid to upper $300s)


Sherman Pines in Fuquay-Varina (Homes in the $300s)

The Preserve at Jordan Lake in Chatham County (Homes in the upper $400s to the $800s)


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.


You may also be interested in:

Wake County New Home Communities

Wake County NC New Homes

Wake County NC Property Tax Rates 2011


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Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Penny,
I relate to your area, my Dad grew up in Clayton, not much family left there anymore.  I have an aunt and uncle in Fuquay Varina and lots of cousins in and around Raleigh. 
Apr 19, 2008 01:01 AM #1
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
This is a very informative post, Penny - 'Wish you could have squeezed in one more group to include Military Relocations, since you're referencing that wonderful "homes for heroes" program.
Apr 20, 2008 05:16 PM #2
Cindy Glatkowski
ResortQuest Outer Banks - Corolla, NC
Rental Manager, ResortQuest Outer Banks
What great information.  My son is at Ft. Bragg, his wife wants to be closer to Raleigh.  I will send them this info.
Apr 20, 2008 10:03 PM #3
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Cynthia - This is a great place for extended families.  No matter what type of work or desired living amenties, it's likely they can be found someplace in the Triangle. 

Margaret - I've updated to include in the Military Relocations group, thanks!

Cindy - Thanks for sharing.  We'll continue putting together more information. 

Apr 20, 2008 10:38 PM #4
Advice please!

Hi, There,

I could really use some advice!

My husband just accepted a university position in Durham.  So far, people have loudly proclaimed that we shouldn't move into Durham.  (We're relocating from Indiana; have also lived in Boston). 

It's possible I will work part-time in Raleigh.  We have two small boys (one school-aged).  We don't want to live in a cookie cutter development, but a nice place with trees and character.  We're not interested in materially-oriented atmosphere.  Safety and good schools are very important, of course.

Any advice about the area would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Tricia

May 12, 2008 06:15 AM #5
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Tricia -

There are many excellent areas to consider that will accomodate work in both Durham and Raleigh. 

 One of the first considerations will be your price point - but depending on how far from the center of the city you're willing to go, there are options with plenty of trees and space in just about every price range.  

A custom home neighborhood will have homes that are more unique.  Some neighborhoods have a set range of plans to choose from, and some neighborhoods will allow you to bring your own plan and your own builder, as long as the home falls within some basic community guidelines, which may have to do with the size of the home or the exterior finish.

Give me a call at 919-278-8070, and I'll be happy to go over some of the different options with you, or I can refer you to a couple of very knowledgable local agents. 

May 12, 2008 07:16 AM #6
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