A Description of Raleigh Real Estate, Towns and Schools

Posted by Ryan Fitzgerald on Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 9:45pm.

Raleigh Area Neighborhoods and Towns

In Raleigh there are quite a few neighborhoods and districts that make up the city itself. From golf course communities, to downtown, to the neighboring towns that make up the Triangle area of NC.

Inside this blog post we are going to assist those who are moving to the Raleigh area with a brief description of Raleigh area neighborhoods, towns, and places that would be of interest to anyone relocating locally. Our purpose is to deliver information that is important to consumers who visit this page and we are going to do so with brief descriptions, statistics, school ratings, real estate and more.

Downtown Raleigh Real Estate and information on towns and schools


Our first blog post included a description of Raleigh neighborhoods in which we gave a little bit of information around each of the best areas in Raleigh. Raleigh is a great city, with a strong historical vibe you will instantly recognize walking down the city streets. The city itself places an importance on community, art, history, and music. This can be seen by the large number of live concerts, events, and shows that are always going on in downtown Raleigh.

Recent accolades for Raleigh include the ranking by Glassdoor as the best place to land a gig. Along with the number of jobs, it's also the best overall place to land a job and work. This is only going to increase the number of people moving to Raleigh, along with the Forbes ranking of the #2 top place for business and careers.

Raleigh Statistics

Raleigh Real Estate Downtown State Capitol Building and School informationRaleigh has seen a population increase of 46.3% from 2000, reports the city of Raleigh, and is expected to grow even faster between 2015 and 2030. The current area population is 431,746 as last reported in 2013. Raleigh's median age is 31.9 years old and the average median income is around $60,000. Raleigh received a livability score of 80 from areavibes.com, with amenities, education and weather being the driving factors.

Schools in Raleigh

Raleigh schools are some of the best mid-size city schools in the United States, and in 2010 they were ranked the #1 best city for public schools. There are a lot of top schools in Raleigh and you can view the top one's here as rated by GreatSchools.Org. There are reviews that follow each of the schools so you can gain a little insight into what students, teachers, and parents are saying about each school. If you want to search homes for sale by school district you can do so by clicking here.

Raleigh Real Estate

Raleigh Real Estate offers exceptional quality of life between the affordability of the homes for sale in Raleigh, and the number of jobs available. The economy in Raleigh is part of the reason the housing market is doing so well in the area. Each month we put together a housing trends report on homes in Raleigh to make sure the community stays up to date with local real estate statistics.

If you want to view homes for sale in Raleigh, click here.


Cary is a community west of the Raleigh area with a population of over 150,000 almost three times larger than Chapel Hill. A lot of people moving to Cary are coming from the Northeast, seemingly from Boston, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Cary Statistics

The median age in Cary is 36 years old and the median household income in Cary is nearly $90,000. This is up 4-5 years from the median age, and $30,000 from the median household income, in Raleigh. With the increase in median income comes an increase in median household price. In Cary, homes sell for a median price of just over $300,000.

Cary Schools

Some of the best schools in the nation are found in Cary, North Carolina. To take a look at the top schools in Cary, click here. On this page you will find the ratings for schools in Cary, NC from GreatSchools.org. Each school is reviewed by local students, teachers, and parents which will give you some great insight into what to expect. The schools in Cary are some of the reasons people choose to specifically move to the area. You can view the Houses for Sale by Cary School on our website.

Cary Real Estate

Real estate in Cary is the priciest in all of Raleigh. The city as a whole is seen as a prestigious town to live in and that is why so many people choose to relocate to Cary. MetLife just opened up their technology headquarters in Cary giving the local economy a further jolt. If you're moving to Raleigh, especially those from the north, Cary is definitely an area you will want to check out. It offers easy access to neighboring places such as Raleigh, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Durham and Chapel Hill. Neighborhoods in Cary are awesome options with area's like Preston, MacGregor, Lochmere, Amberly and more!

To view houses for sale in Cary, click here.


Downtown Apex Real Estate, Schools and Towns Description of the Raleigh suburbApex is the #1 Best place to live in the United States via a report from Time Magazine! We probably don't have to go into more details than that, however we will :). Apex is a smaller Raleigh suburb and is located southwest of the city, and directly south of Cary. It's a hub of technology and medicine as a large number of people living the area work in those industries. What makes Apex so great isn't just one thing, it's a combination of the great community, schools, downtown, and surrounding neighborhoods that make it such a wonderful place to live. It's great to see Apex finally receiving the recognition it deserves.

Apex Statistics

The median price of a home in Apex is around $265,000, which is affordable by many with a median income of nearly $90,000. Time reports a job growth percentage of 15.5%! That is crazy when compared to other towns around the nation. Apex is one of the fastest growing Area's with a population of nearly 45,000. 

Schools in Apex

Apex schools are some of the top rated public schools in the country. It is a part of what makes Apex such a great place to live in the Raleigh area. The schools provide top-notch education for their students and the surrounding universities are a large part of the reason education is so important in the Apex area. On our website you can view real estate for sale by Apex School.

Apex Real Estate

Apex real estate offers some affordability benefits that it's northern neighbor does not. Apex is priced at a 10% discount to it's northern neighbor Cary and it still includes the wonderful benefits. The one drawback may be the lack of golf course communities in Apex when compared to Cary. Houses in Apex are great options with neighborhoods like Bella Casa, Green Level, the Park at West Lake, and the Villages of Apex.

If you want to view homes for sale in Apex, click here.

Holly Springs

Holly Springs is an up and coming city to the south of Apex. It's location to Raleigh, Cary and Apex is part of the reason for the sudden growth the city is experiencing. In fact it's grown by 250% since 2000! That's the type of growth to expect when the focal points of the Triangle are doing so well and they build easy to access roads making transportation to work and other areas, convenient. The amount of shopping in Holly Springs has increased to fit the demand.

Holly Springs is forming into quite the city with their new expansion plans and the new triple a baseball team the Holly Springs Salamanders! The amount of homes being built in Holly Springs is incredible, there is new construction everywhere you look whether it's residential homes or commercial real estate.

Holly Springs Statistics

The population in Holly Springs today is nearly 30,000 people. The median age in Holly Springs is 34 years old, with a median income of $88,500. This is eerily similar to the way in which Apex grew as a city, and the Holly Springs area has the economic numbers to back it up. It also is a much larger town than Apex which could give it a huge population boost in the next 10-15 years, and my guess is it will eventually have more people than Apex. 

Schools in Holly Springs

Holly Springs Schools are great. They watched their neighbor's to the north develop some of the best public schools in the nation and emulated their success with developments of it's own. To view the school ratings in Holly Springs follow this link here. You will find the school ratings and reviews. On our website you can view real estate for sale by Holly Springs school.

In fact, Holly Springs grew so fast and the schools were so good a large number of them were being capped regularly. That's why if you're moving to Holly Springs, NC you should be sure to check out the local Wake County School website to ensure your school isn't capped. You can view the capped schools by clicking this link.

Holly Springs Real Estate

Holly Springs real estate varies by neighborhood. In some places you will find the real estate in holly springs extremely affordable, and others, you will be surprised that a house in Holly Springs could cost that much. With the growth the city is experiencing and the median income it only makes sense the homes would start to increase in price. Especially with new construction and new communities in Holly Springs like 12 Oaks, Holly Glen, Brook Manor.

If you want to search homes for sale in Holly Springs, click here.


A city directly to the north of Cary and next to the airport, Morrisville is a great little town that is convenient to Research Triangle Park, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The Morrisville area is awesome for golfers as the town contains a number of different golf course communities, perfect for golf lovers.

Morrisville Statistics

Morrisville has a population of 22,000 which has grown 320% since the year 2000! The median household income in Morrisville is just under $80,000 with a median home price of $256,000 (up from $160,000 in 2000). The median age in the city of Morrisville, NC is 33.8 years old.

Schools in Morrisville

One of the best parts about Morrisville is how good the schools are. The town of Morrisville has top rated Raleigh area schools receiving a 10/10 rating on GreatSchools.Org. This makes Morrisville a great place for those looking for a town with a great school district. You can search homes for sale in Morrisville by school district with this link.

Morrisville Real Estate

Morrisville homes for sale are a great value and have seen some significant appreciation since 2000. The 350% growth since 2000 has certainly helped the houses appreciate. Anyone looking for a great town in Raleigh, with good schools, convenient access to the Research Triangle Park and the airport should look at Morrisville. The homes for sale in Morrisville come in all shapes and sizes from residential houses, to townhomes and condos.

You can view all the Morrisville Real Estate Listings here


Fuquay-Varina, a Raleigh suburb located south of Holly Springs reminds me of Holly Springs ten years ago. Two towns Fuquay and Varina combine to make Fuquay-Varina and the town is already blossoming. If the Holly Springs growth is any sign of what is in store for Fuquay-Varina the future looks bright! A client of mine just bought a new home in Fuquay-Varina, and he is paying less than he was in rent for 1,200 more square feet and a brand new home in the Parker Pointe subdivision!

Fuquay-Varina Statistics

In Fuquay-Varina there are 22,000 residents, with a median age of 34 years old and a median income of $58,000 per household. The median price for a house in Fuquay is $187,000. Fuquay-Varina population has grown over 160% since 2000 and it is 55% females.

Schools in Fuquay-Varina

The schools in Fuquay-Varina are good and you can see the reviews here. When compared to it's neighboring towns the schools are not as good, although it's not as though they're awful. The precedent set by the other schools in the area gives the Fuquay-Varina schools some high expectations. You can view the homes for sale by Fuquay-Varina school district here.

Fuquay-Varina Real Estate

Real estate for sale in Fuquay-Varina comes at a little bit of a discount when compared to it's neighbor Holly Springs. The two area's share a lot of similarities although the homes for sale in Holly Springs are more expensive thanks to the fact it's more developed and has better schools. The nice part about Fuquay-Varina real estate is that it's going to appreciate with the growth in the area. It's a lot like Holly Springs was ten years ago, and in time it will continue to grow (though my guess it wont be as fast or as much as Holly Springs did).

To view the homes for sale in Fuquay-Varina click the link.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest is an area located 30 minutes from Downtown Raleigh. The Wake Forest area is a great suburb and is exploding with growth, much like the rest of the Triangle. With so many people moving to the Raleigh area, a lot are electing to move to Wake Forest for their relocation. Wake forest has some great amenities that attract people to the area, a tight knit community, and there's always something to do in Wake Forest.

Wake Forest Statistics

Wake Forest has a population of 35,000 (a 176% growth since the year 2000) and is poised to continue growing! The median age of someone in wake forest is 35 years old, and the median income per household is $74,000. The median home value is $253,000 in Wake Forest after an appreciation of more than $100,000 over the last 15 years.

Schools in Wake Forest

The schools in Wake Forest are rated pretty well for the Raleigh area. You can check out the reviews of Wake Forest schools by following this link. Here you will see what the top rated schools in Wake Forest are and view the reviews by teachers, students, and parents. If you're moving to Wake Forest you'll want to be sure you find a great school first, and then search for homes for sale by that school district here.

Wake Forest Real Estate

Homes for sale in Wake Forest offer a wide range of pricing and type of real estate. There are some neighborhoods that offer homes below $100,000, with some luxury homes north of $2 million. It all depends on the community and neighborhood you buy your home in Wake Forest. You'll want to engage with a Wake Forest Realtor to ensure you're buying in an area that makes sense both from an economic stand point as well as a lifestyle stand point.

Click to view Wake Forest homes for sale.


Knightdale is a city directly east of Raleigh. If you're traveling to Knightdale from Raleigh you will take New Bern ave directly into the city, and coming from anywhere else west of Raleigh there's a good chance you will be hopping on I-40 to 495 which will take you into Knightdale.

Knightdale Statistics

A city with 13,000 residents it's the least populated of the Raleigh towns on the list. The city of Knightdale has a median age of 33 years old and a median household income of $70,000. As you move closer to the city of Raleigh and other places where there is economic opportunity you'll see how the median household income increases. The estimated median house sold in Knightdale is $165,000.

Schools in Knightdale

The schools in Knightdale didn't receive the best reviews on GreatSchools.org and you can read them here. With that being said please keep in mind the number of reviews is smaller and not all of the schools are rated. There are also a number of private school options in Knightdale that you can choose from should you want to go that route. You can search homes for sale by Knightdale school district here.

Knightdale Real Estate

Real estate for sale in Knightdale is typically a lot less expensive than the other Raleigh areas mostly due to the economic opportunities being greater in Downtown Raleigh, North Raleigh, and west Raleigh. With Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park to the west of Raleigh it makes for an easier commute living in one of the towns to the west. However, a lot of the people traveling to cities east of Raleigh, such as Rocky Mount will buy homes in Knightdale to remain closer to Raleigh.

If you want to view Knightdale homes for sale, click here.


Garner is a town located Southeast of Raleigh and is where a lot of the Raleigh area celebrities grow up! For instance, John Wall a top point guard in the NBA attended and played at Garner Magent High School. Another big name is Scotty McCreery, who's claim to fame came from American Idol and he is now one of the biggest country singers! Garner is a great town and is anxiously awaiting the further developments of I-540. Once the new transportation is finished in Garner there should be a large increase in population, and home appreciation thanks to the convenience of the interstate.

Garner Statistics

Garner is one of the 'slower' growing areas in the Triangle in terms of population. With only a 50% increase since 2000 Garner has grown significantly slower than it's Raleigh neighbor's such as Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina. A large result of the fact 540 is not running through the town of Garner as is the future plans for the interstate. Garner has a population of 27,000 people and it has a median income per household of $60,000. 

Schools in Garner

Garner schools are rated below average for the Raleigh area if you look at GreatSchools.Org's reviews here. It's not surprising to see the schools not ranked as high as other areas in Raleigh though since the education in other towns around Raleigh is top-notch in the country. Garner has private schools for students who are seeking other options. With that being said Garner schools are due to improve with the growth in the area.

Garner Real Estate

Some of the best options for Raleigh area Real Estate are found in Garner. There is a great value in the area as homes are priced at a median value of $160,000, less than the cities west of Raleigh. Garner real estate is due to see some significant appreciation when 540 finishes and makes transportation around the Triangle significantly easier. The homes for sale in Garner are also a lot further away from Research Triangle Park, Durham and other populated area's west of Raleigh, making a commute longer.

Click to view Garner Real Estate.


Clayton is a town located southeast of Garner, and is quite a bit farther from Raleigh as well. The distance between Clayton and the main sources of economic opportunity in Raleigh is a reason for the decrease in median household income, and the median sales price of homes in the area. In recent years however, things have started to pickup for the city of Clayton.

Clayton Statistics

The population in Clayton, NC is just under 18,000 with a median household income of $58,000. The median age of a Clayton area resident is 35 years old and the median home sells for $157,000. The Clayton area numbers reflect the location to Raleigh, RTP, and Durham for the most part. It's a bit farther than most of it's neighbors which leads to a smaller population and lower median income.

Schools in Clayton

The schools in Clayton as rated by GreatSchools.org come in with some really good ones, check out the reviews here. Parents, students, and teachers all have the opportunity to write reviews and rate the school. With such an importance on education in the Raleigh area it only makes sense that Clayton would offer private schools as well as public schools. You have the option to search by specific school district on our website by clicking here.

Clayton Real Estatae

Homes for sale in Clayton sell in the mid $100's as a median number, and you will find a variety of types of real estate for sale. Between townhomes and condos, to residential single family homes in Clayton they come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. If you're shopping for Real Estate in the Clayton area let us know. Since the homes for sale in Clayton are so far from the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Cary it creates a little bit less of an economic opportunity.

Click to view Clayton Real Estate.

Final thoughts on Raleigh Real Estate, Towns, and Schools

The homes for sale in Raleigh are selling almost twice as fast as they did in 2014. This is in large part due to the number of people moving to the area, the high increase in rental appreciation (7.63% in Raleigh when compared to the national average of 2.5%), and the low inventory of homes for sale. These factors have led to a pick up in both average selling price and average days on market. This makes it a great time to be a seller in Raleigh.

After looking at Raleigh homes for sale everyone wants to become a Real Estate Agent. The fact is, Raleigh is one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. The number of agents and homes for sale doesn't leave enough to go around to put food on the table for everyone. That's why it's important to ensure if you're considering a career in Real Estate you have the proper company structure in place to help you become as successful an Agent as you possibly can.

The Real Estate, Schools, and Neighborhoods are all a part of what makes the Raleigh NC area so special. Once you visit or relocate to the area you'll understand just how awesome it is. Once you spend six months here you'll never want to leave!

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Ryan Fitzgerald Raleigh RealtyHi there! I'm Ryan Fitzgerald, a REALTOR in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the owner of Raleigh Realty. Chances are you and I share a similar passion, Real Estate! I also have a passion for technology, sports, and people. Would love to hear from you. Drop me a note in the comments section below and feel free to share this article socially!


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