Smaller Towns

All of these towns are in the Triangle area, and all can be considered “up and coming.” They have experienced steady growth in the last 10 years, but are still pretty rural and they're definitely where you want to look if you want land, mature trees and a small-town atmosphere.

Just because they are outside the main Triangle cities doesn't mean they're inaccessible --just about all of them are located right off a main road and within 45 minutes of RTP airport. Holly Springs and Fuquay Varina are now linked to RTP by a new toll road, and it makes all the difference in the world; it has really opened them up to development.

You will want to check out the school assignments and the commute times on a community-by-community basis, though.

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Clayton (population: 16,000; southeast of Raleigh, just over the line into Johnston County; Clayton City Profile

Fuquay Varina (population: 18,000; located south of Raleigh and Cary; even though it's only 8 square miles, it is gaining in popularity—fast! Fuquay Varina City Profile

Garner (population: 27,500; located just south of downtown Raleigh), Garner City Profile

Hillsborough (population 6,000; located northwest of Durham and north of Chapel Hill – very cute little historic downtown area!), Hillsborough City Profile

Holly Springs (population: 22,000; located southwest of Cary and Raleigh; Holly Springs is experiencing huge growth … will be the next Cary, Holly Springs City Profile

Knightdale (growing "suburb" a couple of miles east of Raleigh), Knightdale City Profile

Wake Forest (poulation:  28,000; located 10 miles northeast of Raleigh), Wake Forest City Profile

Pittsboro (county seat of Chatham county, located southwest of Durham and Raleigh), Pittsboro City Profile

Rolesville (just a few miles southeast of Wake Forest and 12 miles northeast of Raleigh), Rolesville City Profile

Wendell (east of Raleigh, still in Wake County), Wendell City Profile


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