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Wake Forest, a growing town with a population of about 42,000, is known for its natural beauty, fun family activities and vibrant downtown. Certified as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation for 39 years running, residents enjoy the scenery with the town’s many parks and interconnected greenways. The town borders two reservoirs, each with walking trails, fishing and recreational boating. For the kids are many playgrounds and ball fields outdoors, and basketball, volleyball and town-sponsored craft activities indoors, as well as a new aquatic center.

There are pickleball courts and a dog park. Organizations and businesses offer their own fun – The Factory entertainment complex sports ice skating, a Tumble Gym and skateboard park. Nearby is the Jellybeans skate center and Galaxy Fun Park. The community is home to four golf courses and one disc golf site and dance, art and music studios.

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Welcome to Wake Forest

Centrally located is Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and college in the former home to Wake Forest University. Also of note are the Historical Museum, the Renaissance (event) Centre, county library and satellite county offices. The town has a number of shopping opportunities, including a Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, and a variety of grocery stores, as well as restaurants, a recurring food truck rodeo, Farmers Market, and a craft beer brewery. The Northern Wake Senior Center is currently undergoing expansion; its popularity influenced by multiple senior care facilities and independent living communities. A free in-town bus loop and paid express bus to Raleigh run weekdays.

Wake Forest is a festival and event center. Spread some blankets under the pecan trees and on the lawn at E. Carroll Joyner Park for Wake Forest ARTS’ popular Six Sundays in Spring concert series. For nighttime fun, there’s the free downtown Friday Night on White concerts. Other events include Meet in the Street, a Christmas parade, Independence Day festivities, a family Mardi Gras celebration, Irish Music Fest, Dance Fest and Good Neighbor Day, as well as a privately run barbecue fest, mini-comic con, literary festival, and veterans’ Purple Heart Banquet. The town has thriving community involvement, through the Rotary Club, Woman’s Club, Garden Club, VFW and other organizations; high participation in Boy and Girl Scouts, as well as an independent theater company. The bi-annual Historic Homes Tour draws visitors far and wide to historic Main Street.

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Getting Around

Raleigh: 30 min
Durham: 38 min
Research Triangle Park: 35 min
Major Roads: US-1, Wait Avenue
Airport: Raleigh-Durham International

Demographics

Population: 42,269
Population Growth Since 2010:
+40.4%
Median Home Value: $278,600


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