Wake Forest 88 Exceptional
Wake Forest Livability #5 ranked city in North Carolina#366 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Wake Forest Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Wake Forest Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than North Carolina
Wake Forest
1088% more expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wake Forest cost of living
A Wake Forest Crime Total crime is 45% lower than North Carolina
Total crime
1,58439% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6439% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Wake Forest crime
C+ Wake Forest Employment Household income is 68% higher than North Carolina
Median household income
$81,20047% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,69613% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
Wake Forest employment
B- Wake Forest Housing Home value is 72% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$270,30046% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9733% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%10% higher than the US average
Wake Forest real estate or Wake Forest rentals
A Wake Forest Schools HS graduation rate is 14% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
63%29% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:113% higher than the US average
Wake Forest K-12 schools
A+ Wake Forest User Ratings There are a total of 13 ratings in Wake Forest
Overall user rating
86% 13 total ratings
User reviews rating
100% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
83% 12 total surveys
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      Living in Wake Forest, NC

      Wake Forest, North Carolina is a moderately-sized city with a population of 36,472 inhabitants. The majority of Wake Forest residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Wake Forest is known to be family friendly as more than 82% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 40% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Are you trying to decide if living in Wake Forest is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in North Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Wake Forest, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather and more.

      Wake Forest has a livability score of 83/100 and is ranked #10 in North Carolina and #777 in the USA. Clearly, Wake Forest is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Wake Forest is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Wake Forest ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B+), weather (B-), education (A) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Wake Forest. The following was graded with a disappointing score: cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Wake Forest, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 98 crimes per 100,000 residents, Wake Forest has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Wake Forest is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Wake Forest come in at $270,300, which is 72.1% higher than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Wake Forest, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 0% lower than the North Carolina average.

      Wake Forest transportation information

      StatisticWake ForestNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute29min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.5%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.4%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.6%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.0%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home10.7%4.8%4.6%
      Airports (within 30 miles of city center)0 (1)10354
      Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)0 (3)20711

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      Source: The Wake Forest, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).