Wake Forest, NC

Wake Forest, situated in Franklin County and Wake County, is a town made up of 15.2 square miles.

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The area around Wake Forest was initially bought by Calvin Jones, who then sold the property, leading Wake Forest College being built on it.  

The town was incorporated in 1880 as Wake Forest College. The town dropped "college" from its name in 1909, assuming its modern name.  


The median resident age in Wake Forest is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $85,000 making it about $37,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $35,000. The average price for a home in Wake Forest is about $288,000 (2015) which is $128,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Wake Forest is 75% White, 15% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 7% other. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 53% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

63% are married, 9% are divorced, 2% are separated, 4% are widowed, leaving 22% that have never been married.

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Wake & Franklin County

Wake Forest almost entirely belongs to Wake County in the central part of North Carolina, but a small part of Wake Forest also extends over to Franklin County. The county was named after Margaret Wake. Wake County has a population of 1,025,000 and its largest city Raleigh, with a population of 538,000, is the county seat.

The area that now makes up modern day Wake County used to be part of the Tuscarora nation. In 1771, the Wake County was formed from parts of Johnston, Orange, and Cumberland counties.

The first courthouse in the county was built in modern day Bloomsbury, but then was a village known as Wake Courthouse. The first elections were in held in 1771, and a militia was formed.

Wake County borders Granville, Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Harnett, Chatham, and Durham counties.

Wake County is made up of 857 square miles. 835 of which is land with the remaining 22 as water.


The population of Wake Forest, NC is about 30,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1960's.


The elevation of Wake Forest, NC is 387 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Wake Forest, NC is 27596.

Area Code

The area codes for Wake Forest, NC are 919 and 984.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Wake Forest and Franklin County and Wake County have voted mostly Republican, with 51% going to George W. Bush during the 2014 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections, though the area has been moving toward a Democratic voting trend based off the 2008 and 2012 election results.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 35% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 11%.


The unemployment rate for Wake Forest is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%.

Technical services, manufacturing, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Wake County News, Raleigh News and Observer, Wake Forest Gazette, and Wake Weekly are the primary newspapers that cover the Franklin County and Wake County area.


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