Wake Forest

Wake Forest, North Carolina is a beautiful and growing town located just outside of Raleigh. It is home to a thriving community of friendly people, local art galleries, shops, and restaurants. For a true taste of N.C.-style Southern cooking, grab a bite at Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium or grab a hot dog at Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs, a family-owned business since 1916.  If you find yourself at The Factory for a kids sporting event, pop over to Gonzas Tacos and Tequila for a quick bite or great margarita. Holding Park is a new inclusive play area. The playground's thoughtful design includes accommodations for wheelchair users’ to entrances and benches, accessibility enhancements to walkways, and a perimeter fence for added safety. It also boasts a rubber surface that provides a smooth, wheelchair-friendly terrain allowing easy navigation for individuals with assistive devices. With ramps seamlessly integrated into slides and other elements, children of all abilities can experience the joy of sliding down and participating in various activities.In addition, the playground equipment was carefully chosen and adapted to cater to those with sensory issues, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

In the mood to shop? Stop in at The Cotton Company, where you can make your own gift basket filled with Tar Heel souvenirs. The Wake Forest Farmer's Market held each Saturday morning starting in April and offers local produce, cheese, and other artisan crafts and gifts. Dive further into Wake Forest’s rich history 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. 

 The town is close to several parks and nature preserves, making it an ideal spot for outdoor activities. If you're looking for Wake Forest real estate or a place to get away from it all, while still being close to major cities, Wake Forest is the perfect place.

 

Overview for Wake Forest, NC

46,387 people live in Wake Forest, where the median age is 38.6 and the average individual income is $43,601. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

46,387

Total Population

38.6 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$43,601

Average individual Income

Around Wake Forest, NC

There's plenty to do around Wake Forest, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

37
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
26
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bedford Food & Drink, Soo Cafe, and Fishin Shrimp.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.66 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.93 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.68 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.14 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.83 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.03 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Wake Forest, NC

Wake Forest has 16,513 households, with an average household size of 2.79. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wake Forest do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 46,387 people call Wake Forest home. The population density is 2,570.38 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

46,387

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

38.6

Median Age

48.6 / 51.4%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
16,513

Total Households

2.79

Average Household Size

$43,601

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Single
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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

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60+ Minutes

Schools in Wake Forest, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Wake Forest. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
St Catherine Of Siena Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Richland Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
North Wake College and Career Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Wake Forest Charter Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
Wake Forest Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
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