The 10 Best Raleigh, NC Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Raleigh are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Raleigh.
Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Raleigh, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Raleigh neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Raleigh are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Raleigh for 2019:

  1. Five Points (Homes)
  2. Glenwood (Homes)
  3. Wade (Homes)
  4. Hillsborough (Homes)
  5. Six Forks (Homes)
  6. North (Homes)
  7. Falls Of Neuse (Homes)
  8. Mordecai (Homes)
  9. Northwest (Homes)
  10. North Central (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Raleigh for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Five Points looks to be the best Raleigh neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Raleigh that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Raleigh.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Raleigh hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Raleigh, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Raleigh.” We’re lookin’ at you, Five Points.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Raleigh, North Carolina has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Five Points Raleigh, NC

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Population: 8,393
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $516,550 (2nd best)
Median Income: $107,650 (2nd best)
More on Five Points: Homes For Sale | Data

The Five Points Historic Neighborhoods are a cluster of suburban developments centered on the Five Points intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Fairview and Whitaker Mill Roads in Raleigh, North Carolina. They include Hayes Barton, Bloomsbury, Georgetown, Vanguard Park, and Roanoke Park. All of the neighborhoods were platted in the 1910s through the early 1920s and represent Raleigh’s second wave of white suburban development.

Glenwood Raleigh, NC

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Population: 7,562
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $619,129 (1st best)
Median Income: $128,078 (1st best)
More on Glenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Glenwood South is a major downtown district in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. Glenwood South is among the largest entertainment centers in Raleigh with a multitude of restaurants, clubs, and cafes. The district also has a retail and gallery presence.

Wade Raleigh, NC

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Population: 8,992
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $387,250 (3rd best)
Median Income: $86,021 (3rd best)
More on Wade: Homes For Sale | Data

Hillsborough Raleigh, NC

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Population: 14,634
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $256,791 (9th best)
Median Income: $50,986 (10th best)
More on Hillsborough: Homes For Sale | Data

Hillsborough Street is a business and cultural thoroughfare through Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The street serves as a center for social life among North Carolina State University and Meredith College students.

Six Forks Raleigh, NC

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Population: 10,549
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $374,150 (4th best)
Median Income: $76,056 (6th best)
More on Six Forks: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 76,649
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $266,389 (8th best)
Median Income: $80,005 (4th best)
More on North: Homes For Sale | Data

North Raleigh is an expansive, diverse, and fast-growing suburban area of the city that is home to established neighborhoods to the south along with many newly built subdivisions and along its northern fringes. The area generally falls North of Millbrook Road. It is primarily suburban with large shopping areas. Primary neighborhoods and subdivisions in North Raleigh include Bartons Creek Bluffs, Bedford, Bent Tree, Black Horse Run, Brier Creek, Brookhaven, Coachman’s Trail, Crossgate, Crosswinds, Dominion Park, Ethan’s Glenn, Falls River,Greystone Village, Harrington Grove, Hidden Valley, Lake Park, Long Lake, North Haven, North Ridge, Oakcroft, Shannon Woods, Six Forks Station, Springdale Estates, Stonebridge, Stone Creek, Stonehenge, Summerfield, Valley Estates, Wakefield, Weathersfield, Windsor Forest, and Wood Valley. The area is served by a number of primary transportation corridors including Glenwood Avenue U.S. Route 70, Interstate 540, Wake Forest Road, Millbrook Road, Lynn Road, Six Forks Road, Spring Forest Road, Creedmoor Road, Leesville Road, Norwood Road, Strickland Road, and North Hills Drive.

Falls Of Neuse Raleigh, NC

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Population: 9,631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $267,200 (7th best)
Median Income: $59,730 (7th best)
More on Falls Of Neuse: Homes For Sale | Data

Neuse is an unincorporated community in Neuse Township, Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Located on the Neuse River, it is about 9 miles north-northeast of downtown Raleigh.

Mordecai Raleigh, NC

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Population: 2,801
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $287,625 (5th best)
Median Income: $54,564 (9th best)
More on Mordecai: Homes For Sale | Data

Mordecai Place Historic District is a historic neighborhood and national historic district located at Raleigh, North Carolina. The district encompasses 182 contributing buildings and 1 contributing object in the most architecturally varied of Raleigh’s early-20th century suburbs for the white middle-class. Mordecai Place was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 1998, with a boundary increase in 2000.

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Population: 81,974
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $279,428 (6th best)
Median Income: $78,719 (5th best)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 6,392
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $247,660 (10th best)
Median Income: $35,632 (16th best)
More on North Central: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Raleigh where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Raleigh aren’t all good. South takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Raleigh.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Raleigh For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Five Points 8,393 $516,550 $107,650
2 Glenwood 7,562 $619,129 $128,078
3 Wade 8,992 $387,250 $86,021
4 Hillsborough 14,634 $256,791 $50,986
5 Six Forks 10,549 $374,150 $76,056
6 North 76,649 $266,389 $80,005
7 Falls Of Neuse 9,631 $267,200 $59,730
8 Mordecai 2,801 $287,625 $54,564
9 Northwest 81,974 $279,428 $78,719
10 North Central 6,392 $247,660 $35,632
11 Central 5,240 $247,500 $31,463
12 West 37,998 $161,100 $49,446
13 East Raleigh 11,665 $175,225 $42,542
14 Northeast 87,424 $154,814 $56,500
15 South Central 8,076 $128,425 $25,637
16 Southeast 28,074 $124,092 $43,932
17 Southwest 22,629 $132,067 $38,691
18 South 17,197 $131,456 $42,477

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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