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

Five Points Raleigh, NC

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

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.
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2. Glenwood

Glenwood Raleigh, NC

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

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.
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3. Wade

Wade Raleigh, NC

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

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4. Six Forks

Six Forks Raleigh, NC

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

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.
More on North: Real Estate | Data

6. Hillsborough

Hillsborough Raleigh, NC

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

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.
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7. Mordecai

Mordecai Raleigh, NC

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

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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8. Northwest

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

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9. Falls Of Neuse

Falls Of Neuse Raleigh, NC

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

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.
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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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