Community Information

Wake Forest: Small town charm, big city conveniences.

Wake Forest residents enjoy a unique lifestyle that combines the best of a small town sensibility with suburban amenities and metropolitan sophistication. Safe, tree-lined neighborhoods offer surprisingly affordable housing with choices that can include a home in a historic neighborhood, a spectacular golf course community or a bucolic rural setting with a few acres. Low taxes and a lower overall cost of living translate into more discretionary income and spending power.

Wake Forest is accessible, commuter-friendly and a hub for transportation. Three interstates, part of the largest stated-maintained highway system in the country, intersect nearby providing major thoroughfares to all of the key destinations up and down the East Coast and across the region. A trip to downtown Raleigh, Durham or the Research Triangle Park can be made in less than 30 minutes on relatively uncongested roadways. Transit service includes a weekday rush-hour express to downtown Raleigh and a local town circulator. It is a 25 minute drive to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), where thousands of domestic and international flights arrive or depart. Being situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the balmy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the east creates a climate with four mild seasons, a mean temperature of 61 degrees, more than 200 days of sunshine and zero measured inches of snow.

For complete details on all aspects of living in Wake Forest, visit our Wake Forest Economic Development website. This site includes a variety of community data, including population, education, cost of living, taxes, recreation, arts and culture, industry, major employers, and more. Once there, click on the Community Data or Living in Wake Forest tabs for details.