Wake Forest, North Carolina

Wake Forest: Town located in the U.S. state of North Carolina


Wake Forest is a town located in the county of Wake in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,117 and a population density of 715 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 47,314 inhabitants.

The town was created 144 years ago in 1879.

Wake Forest is a city located just north of Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina. As of July 29, 2023, Wake Forest has an estimated population of 43,145 residents. Here are some key details about Wake Forest:


Wake Forest originated as a college town centered around Wake Forest University, which was founded in 1834 and moved its campus there in 1956. The town officially incorporated in 1970.

Location & Geography

Wake Forest lies among the rolling hills and forests of central North Carolina's Piedmont region. The Neuse River runs along the eastern side of town.

Economy & Culture

Education and research are major economic drivers thanks to Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest Innovative Quarter business park. The town has developed a thriving arts scene.

Parks & Recreation

Popular recreation options include the Neuse River Trail, Renaissance Park, Flaherty Park, and Reservoir Park. Wake Forest offers small town charm just minutes from Raleigh amenities.

Population Growth

Over the past few decades, Wake Forest has experienced rapid suburban growth as the Raleigh-Durham metro expanded. New housing, retail, and infrastructure continue to develop.

In summary, Wake Forest is a charming college town with scenic natural beauty that provides easy access to the Raleigh-Durham economic and cultural hub. Both families and students are attracted to Wake Forest's high quality of life.

Wake Forest locator map
Location of Wake Forest on North Carolina map.

Quick Facts about Wake Forest

Population : 47,314 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : North Carolina (United States)
County : Wake County
Postal code : 27587–27588
Area : 42.12 km2
Altitude : 387 feet / 118 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1880 (144 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 14:41:37 (17th April 2024)
Density : 1,123 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 36.35% (2010-2020)
Wake County North Carolina incorporated and unincorporated areas Wake Forest highlighted locator map image
Wake County North Carolina incorporated and unincorporated areas Wake Forest highlighted
Wake County North Carolina incorporated and unincorporated areas Wake Forest highlighted locator map image


Wake Forest is located at 35°58'48"N 78°30'35"W (35.9798700, -78.5097200).

Wake Forest map


The population of Wake Forest increased by 36.35% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 30,117 - census
2011 31,694 4.98% estimation process
2012 33,016 4% estimation process
2013 34,759 5.01% estimation process
2014 36,653 5.17% estimation process
2015 38,148 3.92% estimation process
2016 40,174 5.04% estimation process
2017 42,165 4.72% estimation process
2018 44,023 4.22% estimation process
2019 45,629 3.52% estimation process
2020 47,314 3.56% estimation process

Wake Forest zip code is 27587. County name: Wake, County fips: 37183

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People born in Wake Forest (9)

People born in Wake Forest, including soccer player Justin Hughes, cartoonist Ray Billingsley, soccer player Tyler Lassiter, .


  • Vernon Malone (American politician) he was born in 20/12/1931
  • Hubert McNeill Poteat (American classical philologist) he was born in 12/12/1886
  • Dexter Lawrence (American football player (1997-)) he was born in 12/11/1997
  • Bea Gaddy (politician and advocate for the poor and homeless) she was born in 01/01/1933
  • Nick Retzlaff (American soccer player) he was born in 03/09/1996
  • Rachel Harris Larson (American chemist)

Schools in Wake Forest

College & universities near Wake Forest, NC

Code Name City ZIP
199759 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest (NC) 27587-1889
421832 Living Arts College Raleigh (NC) 27614-7076
436632 Gwinnett College Raleigh (NC) 27616
456205 Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh Raleigh (NC) 27604-6072
199670 Sherrill's University of Barber & Cosmetology Raleigh (NC) 27604

Stations (14)

Amtrak & bus stations near Wake Forest, NC

Code Name Address Type
RGH Raleigh Union Station 320 West Cabarrus Street RAIL
NSF North Carolina State Fair station 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd. RAIL
CYN Cary 211 North Academy Street RAIL
DNC Durham 400 W. Chapel Hill Street RAIL
SSM Selma–Smithfield 500 East Railroad Street RAIL

Post offices near Wake Forest

Post Office Name City ZIP
Wake For Post Office Wake Forest (NC) 27587
Youngsvill Post Office Youngsville (NC) 27596
Rolesvill Post Office Rolesville (NC) 27571
Franklinton Post Office Franklinton (NC) 27525
Neu Post Office Raleigh (NC) 27616

Other cities in Wake County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Wake County , NC.

City Name Population Title
Raleigh 474,414 The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is a major center for business, government, and education.
West Raleigh 338,759 A census-designated place located in Wake County, North Carolina.
Cary 173,587 Town in North Carolina, United States
Apex 64,388 The most populous city in Wake County, North Carolina.
Garner 32,180 Town in North Carolina, United States
Fuquay-Varina 32,145 City in North Carolina
Holly Springs 31,377 City in and county seat of Marshall County, Mississippi, United States
Morrisville 30,495 Town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States
Knightdale 18,122 City in Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America
Wendell 9,387 Town in North Carolina, United States
Rolesville 8,882 City in Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America
Zebulon 6,514 City in Pike County, Georgia, United States
Green Level 2,158 City in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Wake Forest distances to largest North Carolina cities