Frenchman William Fuquay first settled in the small farming town of Sippihaw, named for the original Native American tribe that inhabited the area. His great-grandson, a tobacco farmer named Stephen discovered a spring in the mid-1800s while plowing the fields of the family plantation. Originally used solely for drinking water, Stephen soon came to the conclusion that the mineral water flowing from the springs had healing properties. As word spread, locals began to help the springs establish this reputation, which brought residents from neighboring communities and counties to its waters. The springs were eventually walled in to better serve the tourists coming to the area by road or rail.

The Fuquay Mineral Spring's popularity grew toward the turn of the century.  A local businessman, John Mills, developed the idea to offer "Moonlight Excursions" to the springs in 1890.   He fitted flat rail cars with seats and offered nighttime train trips to southern Wake County from Raleigh. As more guests came to the springs to "take the waters," small hotels sprung up in town, along with restaurants, barbecue stands, and a dance pavilion with a player piano. The town became a tourist destination and became a popular site of special celebrations on Fourths of July and Easter Mondays. Residents of Raleigh would take the train down to watch the accompanying baseball games and participate in the dances and celebrations. Hotels like the Ben Wiley Hotel catered to the out-of-towners and became a big part of the town life.   In 1902, Sippihaw was renamed "Fuquay Springs" in honor of its founding family and was officially incorporated in 1909.

Like many of the triangle towns, Fuquay-Varina is growing day by day, but continues to keep the old-time downtown center of town with unique shops, restaurants, antiques and tea shops. 

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City Overview

Population: 15,394
Population growth since 2000: 73.07%
Median home cost: $158,880
Cost of living: 4.77% lower than U.S. average
Public Schools spending per student: $5,324
Unemployment rate: 8.30%

Fuquay-Varina weather facts

Fuquay-Varina, NC climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 40's.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 88.9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations between night and day tend to be fairly limited during summer with a difference that can reach 19 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 21 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Fuquay-Varina is 46.55 inches.  Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.  The wettest month of the year is July with an average rainfall of 4.48 inches.

Tax Rates

Town - $.3850
Wake County - $.534/$100
Total - $.9190

Wake County - 2% 
State - 4%
NC Prepared Food - 1% 

Median Age Median Household Income Population
32.6 $42,903 7,898

* Based on 2000 US Census.

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