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:
- Five Points (Homes)
- Glenwood (Homes)
- Wade (Homes)
- Six Forks (Homes)
- North (Homes)
- Hillsborough (Homes)
- Mordecai (Homes)
- Northwest (Homes)
- Falls Of Neuse (Homes)
- 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
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.
More on Five Points: Real Estate | Data
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.
More on Glenwood: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $71,357
Median Home Value: $421,620
4. Six Forks
Median Income: $79,556
Median Home Value: $340,350
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
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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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.
More on Mordecai: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $74,703
Median Home Value: $268,951
9. Falls Of Neuse
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.
More on Falls Of Neuse: Real Estate | Data
10. North Central
Median Income: $38,072
Median Home Value: $215,680
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:
- South Central
For more reading, check out:
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh
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