In 1820, Dr. Calvin Jones, originally from New England, bought 615 acres of land in Wake County, North Carolina. It became known as the Forest of Wake, or Wake Forest. Jones sold his farm to the North Carolina Baptist Convention for $2,000, who opened the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute, later known as Wake Forest College, on the site.

In 1840, the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, was completed and established a depot in nearby Forestville, that stimulated the school and surrounding village. College leaders convinced the railroad to move the depot closer to the college in 1874, leading to more economic development. This community was incorporated as the "Town of Wake Forest College" in 1880. By 1909, the word "College" was removed from the name of the town. The college moved to the much larger city of Winston-Salem NC in 1956.

Today, Wake Forest is a unique community with a thriving downtown where you can walk just about anywhere to shop, eat or simply visit.

Situated less than 10 miles north of Raleigh and approximately 250 miles south of Washington, DC, Wake Forest is a prime location for anyone wishing to enjoy a quality way of life with all the benefits of city living. The community offers quick, easy access to the Triangle's first class universities, the Research Triangle Park, Atlantic Coast Conference athletics, professional sporting events, and world renowned golfing events. In addition, the beach is just over two hours away, while the mountains are a three to four hour drive, so you are never very far from North Carolina's most popular vacation destinations.

Several churches in the area reveal a strong spiritual value in the community, while the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce actively promotes the area through family activities and programs that encourage businesses to prosper.

Come visit Wake Forest - a friendly town where neighbors know neighbors, people walk the street and a community works well together.

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City Overview

Population: 25,329
Population growth since 2000: 79.94%
Median home cost: $204,970
Cost of living: 9.54% higher than U.S. average
Public Schools spending per student: $5,324
Unemployment rate: 8.3%

Wake Forest weather facts

Wake Forest, NC, gets 45 inches of rain per year.  The US average is 37.  Snowfall is 4 inches.  The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year.  The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 113.

On average, there are 214 sunny days per year in Rolesville, NC.  The July high is around 90 degrees.  The january low is 25.  Our comfort Index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 36 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.  The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Tax Rates

Town - $.5100
Wake County - $.534/$100
Total - $1.0440

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

Median Age Median Household Income Population
32 $52,307 12,588

* Based on 2000 US Census.


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