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Wake Forest, North Carolina, is a medium sized town that lies primarily in Wake County, though a small portion does extend into Franklin County. The community has around eight neighborhoods and is the 28th largest community in the state. It is located just north of Raleigh and is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area. It has a council/manager form of town government and a moderate subtropical climate. Housing is predominantly traditional single family homes. The city has high rates of home-ownership, good schools and low crime rates. Over 50% of the adults in Wake Forest have four-year degrees or more, which is more than twice the national average. The community is ethnically and racially diverse, though European ancestry is the most common. English is the primary language followed by Spanish. It is a warm and welcoming community for residents of all ages and walks of life where education, employment and entertainment are literally just around the corner.

Beginning around 1805, the area of the county which would one day be Wake Forest was known as the Forest District. Development of the community did not begin until approximately 1820 when Dr. Calvin Jones bought 615 acres in Wake Forest Township. In 1832, the North Carolina Baptist Convention bought the acreage from Dr. Jones on which to establish an institute to educate future ministers. Wake Forest institute opened in 1834 and in 1838 it was re-chartered as Wake Forest College and the community soon grew up around the college. The Raleigh Gaston Railroad ran through the area for many years with no stop in the growing college town. However, in 1874 due to financing from the college a station was moved into Wake Forest and community growth took off. Wake Forest was the home of Wake Forest University from its opening until 1956 when it was moved to Winston-Salem. In recent years, the town has focused on preservation, planning and revitalization.

The town spans 15.2 square miles of almost exclusively land area and it is a wealthy community in comparison to state and national statistics. It is a white-collar community and over 89% of the workforce hold white-collar positions. Over 10% of the workforce works from home via telecommuting and home-based businesses. Those that face a daily commute drive on average 30-31 minutes. In 2010, the population was 30,117 and the population density was 2,000 people per square mile. In the same year, the median household income was $52,307, the median family income was $60,408 and the per capita income was $22,746. By 2013, the median household income was $74,088 and the per capita was $33,209. Also, in 2013, the mean price for all housing units was $271,171 and the median gross rent was $958.

The primary school district for the youth of the city is the Wake County School District. Schools in the town include Heritage High School, Franklin Academy, Wake Forest Elementary, Heritage Middle School and others. Homes for sale come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit your needs and personal vision. Other housing options include rental and lease properties such as apartments, condominiums, townhomes and more. To find the home of your dreams in Wake Forest, call friendly local real estate agent (insert name here) at (insert number here).

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        919-562-6181
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        919-562-6000
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        919-554-8655
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        919-807-3300
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