North Raleigh is an area just north of Midtown Raleigh, located inside the I-540 Outer loop. It’s composed of a growing number of residential areas as well as a huge selection of restaurants, entertainment complexes, large retail shops, and outdoor recreation areas.

If you’re wondering whether North Raleigh is a good place to live, you’re in the right place. Here are a few things you’ll want to know before you start to plan your move.  

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North Raleigh has a temperate climate, and the area experiences all four seasons. The weather is generally moderate and pleasant in the spring and fall. Springtime temperatures are typically in the mid-60s to mid-80s and in the fall, high temperatures average in the 70s.

Summers tend to be hot, with daytime highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Winters are mild and wet with temperatures generally falling between 47° and 53°. However, it’s common to have some winter days with highs in the 60s and others that get as cold as 15° to 20°. It snows occasionally in North Raleigh, as well.


North Raleigh is part of the Wake County Public School System, which has 380 preschools, 132 elementary schools, 73 middle schools, and 54 high schools. There are 367 private schools in the district, 91 public district schools, and 15 public charter schools.

Some of the top-rated schools in the North Raleigh area include:

  • Quest Academy
  • Abbott’s Creek Elementary School
  • Magellan Charter
  • Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Raleigh Charter High School
  • Wake Early College of Health and Sciences
  • Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School


As of September 2022, the median home sale price in North Raleigh is $391,000. This is a 24.1% increase over home prices at the same time in 2021. The housing market here is somewhat competitive, with some homes getting multiple offers and hot homes selling for about 1% over the asking price in an average of 14 days. Average homes tend to sell for about 1% less than asking and sell in around 38 days.


Before moving to North Raleigh, it’s helpful to understand the average cost of living. In general, the overall cost of living is about 7% lower than the national average. Groceries are 13% lower, housing is 9% lower, and utilities are 3% lower. The median rent here is $1,112 per month and the average energy bill is $165.67.

The median household income in North Raleigh is $66,578, which is lower than both the city of Raleigh as a whole ($69,720) and Wake County ($83,567).


North Raleigh has a population of 42,294 and a population density of approximately 1,903 people per square mile. The majority of residents here are in their mid-20s to mid-40s and many are single parents. There is a much higher percentage of households with children under the age of 18 in North Raleigh than in many other parts of the U.S.  The ratio of males to females is 47% to 53% and the average household size is 3.



North Raleigh has a violent crime ranking of 23.4 out of 100, which is slightly higher than the national average of 22.7. The area also has a property crime ranking of 47.0 out of 100, which is higher than the national average of 35.4.

Approximately 64% of cities in the U.S. are safer than North Raleigh, and the overall crime rate is 34.98 per 1,000 residents. People who live in North Raleigh generally say that the northeast part of the city is the safest. In the west neighborhoods, your chances of being a victim of a crime may be as high as 1 in 9, while in the safer northeast area, it may be as low as 1 in 69.


The best way to get around North Raleigh is generally by car. There’s no train system like you’ll find in larger cities, and the public transportation system isn’t extensive. Luckily, though, there are great highways and transportation systems in the area. In fact, in 2022, Raleigh was named the best place in the country to drive by WalletHub.

North Raleigh is also approximately 18 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), making air travel easy and convenient. 


NORTH RALEIGH DINING, Shopping, and Entertainment

North Raleigh is home to a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from casual to fine dining. You’ll also find designer stores, local boutiques, quaint shops, and giant shopping malls.

There’s plenty of family-friendly fun in North Raleigh, including go-kart racing, a trampoline park, bowling, mini golf, roller skating, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy visiting Shelley Lake Park and the 237-acre Durant Nature Preserve. Both offer nature trails, picnic areas, and other outdoor activities.

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