Wake Forest, NC

Census Place

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2022 Population
48,047
3.58% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39
1.04% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
3.02%
8.02% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$115,159
10.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$397,300
21.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
24,330
5.26% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Wake Forest, NC had a population of 48k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $115,159. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wake Forest, NC grew from 46,387 to 48,047, a 3.58% increase and its median household income grew from $104,006 to $115,159, a 10.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wake Forest, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (17.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.15%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.13%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.61%).

None of the households in Wake Forest, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.6% of the residents in Wake Forest, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wake Forest, NC are Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (570 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Wake Forest, NC was $397,300, and the homeownership rate was 73.5%.

Most people in Wake Forest, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Wake Forest, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Wake Forest, NC is home to a population of 48k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.08% of Wake Forest, NC residents were born outside of the country (3.4k people).

In 2022, there were 3.77 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.4k people) in Wake Forest, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
97.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Wake Forest, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wake Forest, NC was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wake Forest, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    32.4k ± 1.69k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    8.6k ± 1.77k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2k ± 597
7.87%
Hispanic Population
3.78k people

In 2022, there were 3.77 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.4k people) in Wake Forest, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.87% of the people in Wake Forest, NC are hispanic (3.78k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.08%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.4k people
6.84%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.17k people

As of 2022, 7.08% of Wake Forest, NC residents (3.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wake Forest, NC was 6.84%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    835 ± 539
  2. Vietnam
    682 ± 319
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    628 ± 287

Wake Forest, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wake Forest, NC employs 24.3k people. The largest industries in Wake Forest, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,012 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,692 people), and Retail Trade (2,873 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($116,133), Finance & Insurance ($104,725), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($100,212).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

24.3k
2022 Value
± 1,534
5.26%
1 Year growth
± 8.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wake Forest, NC grew at a rate of 5.26%, from 23.1k employees to 24.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wake Forest, NC, are Management Occupations (4,476 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,654 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (2,438 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wake Forest, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

24.3k
2022 Value
± 1,534
5.26%
1 Year growth
± 8.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wake Forest, NC grew at a rate of 5.26%, from 23.1k employees to 24.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wake Forest, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,012 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,692 people), and Retail Trade (2,873 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wake Forest, NC, though some of these residents may live in Wake Forest, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$70,632
Median earning men ± $6,024
$50,649
Median earning women ± $6,052

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($108,135), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($103,365), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($102,219).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($91,042), Information ($87,826), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($86,288).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Wake Forest, NC awarded 570 degrees. The student population of Wake Forest, NC in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 1,948 male students and 816 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wake Forest, NC are White (449 and 79.8%), followed by Asian (44 and 7.82%), Hispanic or Latino (38 and 6.75%), and Black or African American (20 and 3.55%).

The largest universities in Wake Forest, NC by number of degrees awarded are Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (570 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Wake Forest, NC are Divinity & Ministry (297 and 52.1%), Theological Studies (60 and 10.5%), and Christian Studies (59 and 10.4%).

The median tuition cost in Wake Forest, NC for private four year colleges is $9,432.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Wake Forest, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 80%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 68.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 2,764 (70.5% men and 29.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 2,764 students enrolled in Wake Forest, NC, 70.5% men and 29.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,166 records, of which 29.3% were women and 70.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 225 degrees awarded
  2. 59 degrees awarded
  3. 49 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in Wake Forest, NC was Divinity & Ministry with 225 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Masters Degree from schools in Wake Forest, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
570 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with 570 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 447 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wake Forest, NC, which is 3.63 times more than the 123 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 449 degrees mean that there were 10.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 44 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($9,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($672) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wake Forest, NC was $397,300 in 2022, which is 1.41 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $328,200 to $397,300, a 21.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Wake Forest, NC is 73.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wake Forest, NC have an average commute time of 31.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wake Forest, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wake Forest, NC is $115,159. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Wake Forest, NC was Census Tract 542.03 with a value of $146,094, followed by Census Tract 542.04 and Census Tract 542.06, with respective values of $91,563 and $90,882.

Property

$397,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$13,142
$12,355
Median Property Taxes
±$876

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Rent vs Own

73.5%
Homeownership
2022
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.5% of the housing units in Wake Forest, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 542.03
  2. Census Tract 542.04
  3. Census Tract 542.06

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wake Forest, NC was Census Tract 542.03 with a value of $146,094, followed by Census Tract 542.04 and Census Tract 542.06, with respective values of $91,563 and $90,882.

The following map shows all of the places in Wake Forest, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$115,159
Median Household Income
± $3,699
16.8k
Number of Households
± 1,131

In 2022, the median household income of the 16.8k households in Wake Forest, NC grew to $115,159 from the previous year's value of $104,006.

The following chart displays the households in Wake Forest, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wake Forest, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (71%)
  2. Worked At Home (22.2%)
  3. Carpooled (5.62%)

In 2022, 71% of workers in Wake Forest, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (22.2%) and those who carpooled to work (5.62%).

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Commute Time

31.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wake Forest, NC have a longer commute time (31.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.9% of the workforce in Wake Forest, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Wake Forest, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wake Forest, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

3.02% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wake Forest, NC (1.43k out of 47.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wake Forest, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94% of the population of Wake Forest, NC has health coverage, with 60.1% on employee plans, 6.13% on Medicaid, 9.54% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 3.22% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wake County, NC see 1146 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.63% decrease from the previous year (1177 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1391 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 298 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,146 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wake County, NC

Primary care physicians in Wake County, NC see an average of 1,146 patients per year. This represents a 2.63% decrease from the previous year (1,177 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wake County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 29% under 18 years, 16.2% between 18 and 34 years, 42.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.97%
Uninsured
60.1%
Employer Coverage
6.13%
Medicaid
9.54%
Medicare
15%
Non-Group
3.22%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wake Forest, NC grew by 2.19% from 5.84% to 5.97%.

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