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49 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 SURROUNDING CITIES & TOWNS average per-business revenue of $4.6 million, the highest among the communities surveyed. A large international population calls Morrisville home, with many who work in the RTP, making the town one of the most diverse populations in the country. In Holly Springs, the growing presence of families with young children is behind the increase of leisure programs, sports activities and park facilities. The town's largest parks and recreation project to date is the North Main Athletic Complex completed in 2015. In addition to soccer and tennis, it includes a 1,800-seat multi-purpose stadium. In the summer residents spent time watching Holly Springs' Salamanders baseball team play. Zebulon is the easternmost town in Wake County. The former railroad town is the home of a major pharmaceutical company and a minor league baseball team. GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, (manufacturer of Advair and other drugs) is a major employer for the town. After hours in the warm months, residents gather to eat a hot dog and cheer on the hometown minor league baseball team, the Carolina Mudcats. History lovers take time to visit Zebulon's historic places at Bennett Bunn Plantation, the Wakelon School building, and the George and Neva Barbee House. Shoppers experience old fashioned service at Whitley Galleries, one of the oldest family- owned and operated businesses in North Carolina. The town of Knightdale boasts a mere nine-minute commute to the capital city of Raleigh. Its prime location attracts young, affluent (medium house-hold income $70,512), and well-educated home owners. The town is the home of the U.S. Army Reserve Center with 200-400 reservists on most weekends. Families get outside at Knightdale Station Park. The space is a popular venue for outdoor concerts, soccer and multi-purpose fields, walking/ cycling trails, a dog park, farmers' market and other activities. Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Wendell is a charming small town with tree lined streets and a relaxed pace of life. From a Saturday farmer's market to miles of scenic walking trails at Wendell Park and Wendell Falls, the bucolic community is perfect for families. Events throughout the year include the Wendell Harvest Festival, International Food Festival, and the ProTown BMX Show. With its proximity to Raleigh, Wendell enjoys the benefit of being a bedroom community and continues to reflect the growth in the Triangle area yet maintains its small town feel. []

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