These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh, NC For 2018


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

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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 2018:

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

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.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Raleigh for 2018?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Five Points

Population: 8,547
Median Income: $102,516
Median Home Value: $513,312

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2. Glenwood

Population: 7,630
Median Income: $110,201
Median Home Value: $601,057

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3. Wade

Population: 9,282
Median Income: $71,357
Median Home Value: $421,620

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4. Six Forks

Population: 10,277
Median Income: $79,556
Median Home Value: $340,350

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5. North

Population: 75,773
Median Income: $75,622
Median Home Value: $259,204

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6. Hillsborough

Population: 13,041
Median Income: $39,115
Median Home Value: $245,436

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7. Mordecai

Population: 2,808
Median Income: $50,990
Median Home Value: $259,375

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8. Northwest

Population: 78,394
Median Income: $74,703
Median Home Value: $268,951

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9. Falls Of Neuse

Population: 8,346
Median Income: $60,989
Median Home Value: $255,050

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10. North Central

Population: 6,457
Median Income: $38,072
Median Home Value: $215,680

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Raleigh

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Raleigh:

  1. Southeast
  2. South Central
  3. Southwest

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Five Points 8,547 $513,312 1,215 3.3%
2 Glenwood 7,630 $601,057 1,215 2.5%
3 Wade 9,282 $421,620 1,215 4.5%
4 Six Forks 10,277 $340,350 1,215 4.3%
5 North 75,773 $259,204 1,505 4.1%
6 Hillsborough 13,041 $245,436 2,435 4.0%
7 Mordecai 2,808 $259,375 1,752 4.1%
8 Northwest 78,394 $268,951 1,383 4.2%
9 Falls Of Neuse 8,346 $255,050 1,838 4.3%
10 North Central 6,457 $215,680 2,659 3.6%
11 East Raleigh 11,242 $165,412 3,249 10.8%
12 Central 5,224 $207,660 3,069 6.4%
13 West 36,268 $157,354 3,369 4.2%
14 South 16,734 $131,133 3,874 11.0%
15 Northeast 83,020 $154,940 3,344 7.1%
16 Southwest 20,154 $112,047 4,083 8.7%
17 South Central 7,878 $122,138 4,276 7.0%
18 Southeast 27,371 $124,477 3,865 9.2%

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