Wendell, NC

Wendell, situated in Wake County, is a small town made up of 5.2 square miles.

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The town was founded in the 1850s when farmers from Granville County migrated to the area in order to find better crops.  

Wendell was incorporated in 1903. The town is home to a post office that was built in 1891, as well as a Baptist church built in 1809.  


The median resident age in Wendell is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $47,000 making it about $1,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Wendell is about $138,000 (2015) which is $22,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Wendell is 55% White, 30% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 13% other. 88% of the population are high school graduates, with 34% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 52% are married, 15% are divorced, 3% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 23% that have never been married.

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Wake County

Wendell belongs to Wake County in the central part of North Carolina. 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 Wendell, NC is about 6,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1940's.


The elevation of Wendell, NC is 318 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Wendell, NC is 27591.

Area Code

The area code for Wendell, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Wendell and Wake County have voted mostly Republican, with 51% going to George W. Bush during the 2004 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections, though the town has voted Democrat in 2008 and 2012.

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 Wendell is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average. Retail, construction, and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Wake County News Observer is the primary newspaper that covers the Wake County area.


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