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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 48 Wake Forest BY STUART JAMES Located just north of the state capital in both Franklin and Wake counties (mostly in Wake County), Wake Forest is a town of around 40,000. Listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the fastest growing suburbs in America it's also noted as one of the 10 best places to retire by CBS MoneyWatch. Wake Forest has an energetic downtown area with more than 100 businesses of an eclectic mix including restaurants, specialty stores, nationally recognized shops, and personal service providers. The downtown is also rich in preserving southern heritage and is an officially registered historic district. The region is also rich in academic history. Wake Forest was the original home of Wake Forest University for over 100 years before the school moved to Winston Salem in the mid-1950s. Wake Forest Historical Museum, also known as the Calvin Jones Historical House, was built in 1820 and was the residence of the first president of Wake Forest College and the school's center of activities. Now the museum displays the history of the town of Wake Forest as well as Wake Forest University. Wake Forest is also the home to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern College at Wake Forest and Wake Technical Community College. Of course residents also have easy access to other outstanding educational opportunities in the Triangle with names like Duke, NC State University and UNC- Chapel Hill nearby. The town is served by nine public schools which are administered by the Wake County Public School System. Public schools include: Heritage Elementary School, Jones Dairy Elementary School, Richland Creek Elementary School, Wake Forest Elementary School, Heritage Middle School, Wake Forest Middle School, Heritage High School and Wake Forest High School. There are three Charter schools: Endeavor Charter School (K-8), Envision Science Academy (K-8) and Franklin Academy (K-12). Private schools include All Saints Academy, Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic School (K-8) and Thales Academy. Wake Forest is also home to two Montessori schools, Montessori Children's House and Wake Forest Montessori. As for housing, the market offers a broad range of housing options. Whether you choose one of the architectural classics in the downtown historic district or a more modern home in one of the well-planned suburb neighborhoods, you're sure to find something to fit your family and budget. Over two-thirds of homes are single- family detached style. Nearly two-thirds of residents now own rather than rent their homes due to the variety of housing options from smaller starter homes, to condos, to more elegant estate-type dwellings. Employment in Wake Forest, NC has been growing at an average rate of 2.58% with Wake Forest population increasing by 26.9% over the past five years. Households have a median income of around $81,000—a 4.93% growth from the previous year. Overall Wake Forest is the 5th fastest growing municipality in the county and 9th in the state. Most of this is due to the mild climate and the low cost for both business and living. The cost of living is 93.4% of the national average. Sale price of a single family home is in the mid $250Ks. Unemployment remains low in the city at an average of 3.8%; slightly higher in the county. The most common employment sectors, by number of people living in Wake Forest, are Educational Services & Healthcare, Professional, Scientific, Management, Admin., Waste Mgmt., and Retail Trade. The region is an outdoor enthusiast's delight with a moderate subtropical climate of modest temperatures in the spring, fall, and winter. Summers are typically hot; winter highs generally range in the low-to-mid 30s to the low 50s; while spring and fall days usually reach the low- to-mid 70s. Located halfway between North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and the state's sandy beaches, Wake Forest offers around 220 days a year of sunshine. Even with the gentle temperatures and sunshine Wake Forest still manages a winter snowfall average of 7.5 inches, enough to remind residents of the joys of a lovely winter scene but not enough to make things uncomfortable. Home to the Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Wake Forest's Falls Lake Park contains the 12,000-acre Falls Lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands. The region also includes ten parks and community centers including Ailey Young, H.L. Miller, J.B. Flaherty, Joyner, Kiwanis, Plummer and >> historic, family-style, accessible WAKE FOREST

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