Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 10 Johnston/southern Wake Life in Johnston & Southern Wake Counties By lynne Brandon Wake County is more than just big cities. Many people choose to live in the southern part of the county in smaller towns. These towns ofer a glance at the past where small town values mix with forward thinking policies. Apex, Garner, Holly Springs, Fuquay- Varina, and Willow Spring among others add to the fabric of the region with big city amenities and small town ambiance. Residents living in Johnston County have an easy commute to jobs in the Research Triangle Park and other Triangle area businesses. The county is also home to several internationally owned industries. North Carolina based companies such as Caterpillar, Inc., Grifols, Precision Air, Flanders Corporation and others provide local jobs. Many choose to live in Southern Wake County for its location and charming towns. Towns and cities are close to Raleigh and large-city amenities, but far enough away to enjoy small town life. These locations ofer an at-home paradise that is close to work, and close to the heart. Apex (43,411), which recently scored the #1 spot on Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" list lives up to its motto, "The Peak of Good Living." The city has grown rapidly along with the rest of the Triangle area over the last few years, with no signs of slowing down. Being ranked "one of the safest cities in NC in 2016" by adds to the attraction for all ages. Holly Springs (population 30,026) ofers a superior quality of life and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. With numerous accolades for safety, reasonably priced housing, and job opportunities, the city has emerged as one of the most desirable places to live in the Raleigh metro area. The town will join a growing business trend when it opens its frst co-working space in March. The 5,000 square feet space will serve as a work space and ofer networking opportunities. Once destined to be a landfll, the North Main Athletic Complex is the pride of the town. The 1,800 seat multi-sport stadium is the home of the Holly Springs Salamanders baseball team, lacrosse, soccer programs and other sports along with concerts, festivals and other events. The town of Willow Spring is located south of Raleigh and has a population of around 12,000. The town center originally located in Wake County (98%) has 2% in Johnston County. Historical sites include The Frank and Mary Smith House, and the Turner and Amelia Smith House, both built in 1880 and both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among other area accolades Willow Spring Elementary school is one of the few public schools in North Carolina to receive a 10 out of 10 rating by Great Schools.[ Fuquay-Varina (22,134) is known for its Fuquay Mineral Spring discovered in the area in 1858. Both the town and the spring known for its healing powers are listed on the National Historic Register. The town has plenty to see and do with special events throughout the year. In April, the town kicks of its free concert series through June at Centennial Square. On Memorial weekend, balloons will fll the sky for the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. Residents of Garner believe in a spirit of cooperation that makes it easy for new families to ask a local for the best restaurant for kids. Neighbors still chat by the mailbox or while waiting for the school bus. The city leaders are committed to providing afordable housing and a balance of work and play.

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