With its incredible community spirit, amazing outdoor attractions and activities, and amenity-rich, friendly neighborhoods such as the South Lakes new home community, there can never be any doubt to Fuquay-Varina residents that they live in one the the topo suburbs surrounding the city of Raleigh. But, in case they wanted something definitive in print, the acclaimed website, Homes.com, released its annual listing for 2021’s Best Suburbs to Move to in NC and Fuquay Varina was not only number one but the only NC suburb to make the national ranking’s as well.
Amazing, Affordable Homes and Great Opportunity for High Income
The affordability of homes in the suburbs being analyzed was determined by the housing price to income rating. This is where the experts at homes.com analyze and divide the municipalities’ median home listing price by the U.S census’s median annual income for each given town. In this area, the lower the price of the home against the higher the income is the most ideal. Fuquay Varina’s ratio was seventh among the top ten Best Suburbs to Move to in the United States.
Likewise, the town was also in that same national “top ten” for the median square footage of available new homes in Fuquay Varina. Research here saw homes for sale in Fuquay at an average of 2,014 square feet. Likewise, Fuquay Varina landed in the top five of those ten suburbs for average yard size, at fifth among the Best Suburbs to Live in the U.S.
Super Schools and Safe Surroundings Put Fuquay on Top of All NC Suburbs
Being able to find a new home in Fuquay-Varina in an amazing neighborhood like South Lakes is surely a major factor in the town’s inclusion to this list. However, if there are two points in the homes.com research that any young family with children may find as a final selling point it would be Fuquay’s high ranking in the areas of schools and safety.
Of those two all-important areas for those with children, Fuquay ranks tied for second among those in that same top ten nationally for Best Suburbs to Move To for their fantastic schools. Scoring an “A” overall, the town reached this lofty score as a culmination of eight categories each municipality schools were graded on. These were: teachers, culture and diversity, academics, parent and student feedback, health and safety, facilities and resources, clubs and activities, and sports. To stockpile this information, homes.com used data directly from the U.S. Department of Education, The National Center for Education Statistics, niche.com user ratings, and multiple other sources.
As the only town statewide making the 2021 charts, which makes it top among Best Suburbs to Move in NC, Fuquay-Varina’s high score in the safety and crime index also weighed in largely to its final position. This is gauged based on the impressive local programs and steps that the area law enforcement has taken to interact and work with residents and members of the community, as well as one of the lowest crime rates anywhere across the state.
Show Me the Rankings
In compiling this annual list which placed Fuquay Varina tops among Best Suburbs to Move to in NC and putting the Wake County municipality sixth in the entire United States there were nine major ranking factors, including the ones we touched on above that decided the final scoring. To figure out which towns made the cut, these factors included the following:
Median home listing price
- • Median Square Footage
- • Housing Price-to-Income Ratio
- • Number of Homes for Sale Per Capita
- • Average Yard Size (In Acres)
- • Work from Home Score
- • Ethnic Diversity Levels
- • School District Score
- • Crime Index
On top of all these attractive items placing Fuquay Varina as the top choice of all Best Suburbs to Move to in NC, and sixth in the entire U.S., its scenic beauty, parks, and green space as anyone local can attest is also. Combining the best of all these attributes is the South Lakes new home community. With new construction set to start in the coming months and year, on-site Wake County Public Schools, access to the most beautiful greenway trails in the entire Raleigh/Triangle area, in the “chart-topper” among Best Suburbs to Move to in NC, the South Lakes neighborhood is at the front of the list for those looking to build or buy a new home in Fuquay as well.