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Welcome to Wake Forest ...

The town of Wake Forest is primarily located in Franklin County<1>. A portion of Wake Forest extends into Wake County.

The location of Wake Forest has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

A typical abbreviation for Wake Forest: Wake Frst.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Wake Forest has a population of 45,701 people<3> (see below for details).

Wake Forest was established in 1820.

The community of Wake Forest is 390 feet [119 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Wake Forest lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Wake Forest: (919) & (984)<5>

Websites for Wake Forest ...

Official Website:   www.ci.wake-forest.nc.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.wakeforestchamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Wake Forest had an population of 45,701 people. This is an increase of 51.74% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 263.05% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wake Forest had a population of 30,117 people (or 49.68% of the total population of Franklin County). This makes Wake Forest the county's most populous community.

The population of Wake Forest represents 0.32% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 28th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 30,117 people, the population of Wake Forest increased 139.25% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 12,588 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Wake Forest.

Adding Wake Forest to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Wake Forest in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Wake Forest was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Wake Forest on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Wake Forest on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Wake Forest ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Wake Forest - it's located in Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Wake Forest.

Communities near Wake Forest ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Wake Forest.

  • Raleigh [Wake County]
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    • Raleigh [Wake County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the south of Wake Forest
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 474,414 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raleigh
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Raleigh<7>
  • Knightdale [Wake County]
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    • Knightdale [Wake County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the south of Wake Forest
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,122 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knightdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knightdale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Knightdale<7>
  • Wendell [Wake County]
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    • Wendell [Wake County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the south of Wake Forest
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,387 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wendell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wendell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wendell<7>
  • Rolesville [Wake County]
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    • Rolesville [Wake County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Wake Forest
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,882 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rolesville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rolesville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rolesville<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Butner [Granville County]
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      • Butner [Granville County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Wake Forest
      • Estimated population in 2015: 7,751 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Butner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Butner<7>
    • Zebulon [Wake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zebulon
      • Zebulon [Wake County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Wake Forest
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,514 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zebulon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Zebulon<7>
    • Creedmoor [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Creedmoor
      • Creedmoor [Granville County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northwest of Wake Forest
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,615 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Creedmoor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creedmoor
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Creedmoor<7>
    • Louisburg [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Louisburg
      • Louisburg [Franklin County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Wake Forest
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,694 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Louisburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Louisburg<7>
    • Franklinton [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklinton
      • Franklinton [Franklin County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northeast of Wake Forest
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,312 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Franklinton<7>
    • Stem [Granville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stem
      • Stem [Granville County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northwest of Wake Forest
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 474 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stem have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stem

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Wake Forest. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Wake Forest.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Wake Forest. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Wake Forest.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Wake Forest. See our Newspapers Page for Wake Forest.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wake Forest ...

Looking for more information about Wake Forest? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Wake Forest, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wake Forest.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wake Forest: www.ci.wake-forest.nc.us/

The official website for Franklin County: www.co.franklin.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Franklin, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Wake Forest.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wake Forest - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (984) is an overlay for area code (919).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wake Forest) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wake Forest. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wake ForestOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wake Forest. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9874, Longitude: -78.5359       In this case, the coordinates for Wake Forest have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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