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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 44 wake forest Wake Forest by brett cornwright The charming and historic town of Wake Forest is a hidden Triangle gem and ofers a great alternative to the nearby larger, more populous cities. Nestled just northeast of Raleigh, Wake Forest is a favorite among those who prefer less hustle and bustle and more peace and quiet. The pace of life is a bit more comfortable here but all the amenities that contribute to a great quality of life are available. "We are near the big cities but still have that small town charm. This is drawing the younger generation who want this slower pace of life to raise families," said Lara Ferguson, a longtime Wake Forest resident and mother of three young children. "There has been a lot of growth and development over the past few years, but it has been controlled and has only been a positive for residents. There are many more shopping and dining options so things are more convenient. The schools here are great as well." Strategically located, Wake Forest residents can easily access all of the major Triangle cities. They have short commutes to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill. Wake Forest's position in the center of the state is also advantageous. The beautiful Carolina beaches to the east and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the west are all easily accessible and ripe for a weekend trip. The average temperature in Wake Forest is 60 degrees making it great for outdoor recreation year-round. With this prime location, it's easy to see why Wake Forest has experienced rapid growth over the past two decades. The town has grown from 12,500 residents in 2000 to north of 37,000 residents today. A low cost of living is also a big draw for the town. It is currently 93.4 percent of the national average. The good news about living in such a dynamic and economically sound region like the Triangle is that job opportunities are plentiful. Wake Forest has industries within town limits including a diverse array of companies and organizations that take care of employees and their families. Major employers in Wake Forest include Wake County Public Schools, CenturyLink, Southeastern Baptist Seminary, the Town of Wake Forest, Hillside Nursing Center, Rex Healthcare, Ultra Electronics, Franklin Academy and Southern Coastal Solutions. Job opportunities also abound in the surrounding Triangle region. Serving as home to major research and development centers including Research Triangle Park and North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, major corporations have presences here and continue to expand. These include big names like Cisco Systems, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Red Hat, NetApp, SAS Institute, and others. For advancing your career or continuing your education, Wake Forest residents can take advantage of all of the opportunities in and around the Triangle. These include the nationally renowned big three universities of North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Also readily accessible is Wake Technical Community College, one of the largest and most comprehensive community colleges in the country. Wake Forest K-12 students are served by the Wake County Public School System and the many fne independent school oferings in and around town. Wake County Public Schools consistently post the top test scores in the state and are highly regarded. The Wake Forest Historic District, located in the downtown commercial area, is thriving with interesting boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, cofee houses and a variety of dining options. Whether you're looking to grab a quick bite on-the-go or sit down to a gourmet meal with family and friends, Downtown Wake Forest ofers dining options to please any palate. Local favorites include Shorty's and the Old English Tea Room. For shopping, check out The Cotton Company, Old Magnolia Trading Company, or the N.C. Specialty Shops. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the downtown served as the home of Wake Forest College for 122 years. In 1834, the North Carolina Baptist Convention decided to open a school to teach rising Baptist ministers. The Convention purchased a 614-acre plantation in an area north of Raleigh called "Forest of Wake" and opened the college. After many setbacks, the college became a fxture and served the town well. In 1956, the college moved to Winston-Salem, NC, and became Wake Forest University as it's known today. >> historic, family-style, accessible

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