These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh


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:

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Raleigh that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Raleigh?

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.

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1. Five Points

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,044
Median Home Price: $499,038
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,777
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

2. Wade

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,694
Median Home Price: $488,022
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,777
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

3. Glenwood

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,493
Median Home Price: $596,714
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,777
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

4. Hillsborough

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,137
Median Home Price: $417,350
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,777
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

5. Six Forks

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,604
Median Home Price: $346,400
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,777
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

6. Falls Of Neuse

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,745
Median Home Price: $240,483
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,022
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

7. North

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,119
Median Home Price: $266,251
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,982
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

8. Northwest

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,690
Median Home Price: $299,373
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,777
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

9. Mordecai

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,844
Median Home Price: $262,425
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,532
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%

10. North Central

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,994
Median Home Price: $204,660
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,393
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

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. South
  2. Southwest
  3. South Central

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Five Points 1 8,044 $499,038 1,777 2.9%
Wade 2 9,694 $488,022 1,777 3.4%
Glenwood 3 7,493 $596,714 1,777 3.1%
Hillsborough 4 13,137 $417,350 1,777 3.7%
Six Forks 5 10,604 $346,400 1,777 4.4%
Falls Of Neuse 6 7,745 $240,483 3,022 2.7%
North 7 74,119 $266,251 1,982 4.4%
Northwest 8 75,690 $299,373 1,777 4.6%
Mordecai 9 2,844 $262,425 2,532 6.0%
North Central 10 5,994 $204,660 4,393 5.4%
West 11 33,923 $195,305 4,371 5.2%
Central 12 5,365 $209,600 4,601 6.7%
East Raleigh 13 10,329 $185,271 4,476 10.2%
Northeast 14 79,916 $167,890 4,643 7.5%
Southeast 15 24,664 $131,175 5,503 8.2%
South Central 16 7,775 $117,138 6,392 8.7%
Southwest 17 18,601 $150,454 5,497 8.1%
South 18 16,921 $129,267 5,689 10.7%

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