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Fuquay-Varina is a rapidly growing town in The Triangle of North Carolina just south of the capital Raleigh. The town has a population of around 24,000 which is estimated to grow to 33,000 by the year 2020. The town got it’s name when the two adjoining towns of Fuquay Springs and Varina merged in 1963. The town’s corporate limits cover just over 12 miles and the town is in Zip Code 27526.
Quick Facts About Fuquay-Varina
Population in 2015 23,655
Projected Population 2020 33,000
Median Age 36
Average Household Income $56,897
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 35%
Median Home Sales Price YTD June 2016 $260,000
Average Home Sale Price YTD June 2016 $286,829
Fuquay-Varina is located in south eastern Wake County and borders the towns of Holly Springs, Raleigh and Garner in Wake County. To the south is Angier in Johnston County. The proximity to other growing towns in Wake County helps to spread the growth of Fuquay Varina. The town is located about 30 minutes drive from Downtown Raleigh, 40 minutes from Research Triangle Park and about 35 minutes from Raleigh Durham International Airport. Depending on when you go these commutes could take longer. The major highways servicing the town are NC 55, NC 42 and Route 401. Residents of Fuquay-Varina come to the town because of the more affordable housing options, and proximity to work centers like RTP, Raleigh and Clayton.
History of Fuquay-Varina
The first part of the town’s name it is said comes for a French veteran of the Revolutionary War, William Fuquay who bought 1,000 acres of land in an area first called Piney Woods. While plowing a field later on, his grandson discovered a mineral spring which became known for its healing powers. The town became Fuquay Springs in 1902. The Varina part of the name comes from a young lady who corresponded during the Civil War with a man called J.D. Ballantine. They later married and he named the post office after her. Fueled by the growth of the railroads and the tobacco industry the neighboring towns flourished and joined forces in 1963 becoming Fuquay-Varina.
The downtown district of the town is actually two districts named the Fuquay part and the Varina part and each has their own set of shops and restaurants, cafes and businesses. There are now four breweries in Fuquay Varina, the original being the Aviator Brewing Company followed by Draft Line Brewing and now the Lincoln Brewing Company and Fainting Brewing Company have joined the lineup. There are also new restaurants in the downtown area and it looks like more coming. Recent restaurant openings include The Mason Jar Tavern and the Rock Harbor Grill.
Schools In Fuquay-Varina
The public schools in Fuquay-Varina are administered by the Wake County Public School System, one of the largest in the state. The schools are currently…
- Ballentine Elementary
- Banks Road Elementary
- Fuquay-Varina Elementary
- Herbert Akins Road Elementary
- Lincoln Heights Elementary
- Fuquay-Varina Middle School
- Southern Wake Academy
- Fuquay-Varina High School
- Southern Wake Academy
Wake County public schools operate on both traditional and year round calendars, to find out more about the school assignments go to the WCPSS website. There are private schools throughout the area as well.
Living In Fuquay Varina
Fuquay- Varina is growing in population and following the new residents are new restaurants, local and national chains, supermarkets and retail outlets. The town is developing strategies to best utilize all the amenities and resources available. They recently held the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival attracting close to 80,000 spectators. The Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival is celebrating it’s 10th year in 2016 switching to the Fall this year. The BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival is in September and the town hosts an Independence Day Celebration in July and a Tree Lighting Ceremony in December.
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