The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Raleigh are the best of the best.

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You want a change and you've decided that you want to live in Raleigh, North Carolina. So, you get the job and now you need a place to live. There's a lot to think about when searching for the right neighborhood. Things like safety, affordability, and amenities are things that most people find important. But, if you've never been to Raleigh, where do you begin? We'll tell you. HomeSnacks has created the ultimate guide to The City of Oak's best neighborhoods for 2022 and listed them below.

Whether you're going to be a Hurricane's fan, a Wolfpack fan, a fan of renting a home, or a fan of buying one, there's a great place to live in Raleigh that won't break your bank. Matter of fact, the Falls of Neuse and North Central neighborhoods both have homes for under $264,269--that's unheard of in a city with over 300,000 residents!

There's always something brewing in Raleigh: great coffee, craft beer, and street festivals that rival those found in the biggest cities in the country. So, if you want to get your hands on one of this city's hottest neighborhoods, don't wait: Raleigh is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. So, do yourself a favor and take a second to see our list of Raleigh's top ten best neighborhoods.

To break it down even further, if you're a student or have a job working for NC State, the Hillsborough neighborhoods is filled with eclectic coffee shops, restaurants, shopping and is close to a Target and the university. The Glenwood neighborhood is easily accessible by foot or bike and there are a lot of young professionals that frequent its classic corner bars and diverse restaurants. These both great neighborhoods, but they are not Raleigh's best neighborhood.

So, what's the best neighborhood in Raleigh for 2022? Well, according to the latest census data and our SnackAbility algorithm, that would be Glenwood.

Keep reading to see how the rest of Raleigh's 18 fared.

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Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Raleigh

Population: 7,562
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $619,129 (best)
Median Income: $128,078 (best)
More on Glenwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Glenwood Raleigh, NC

Population: 8,393
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $516,550 (Second best)
Median Income: $107,650 (Second best)
More on Five Points: Homes For Sale | Data

Five Points Raleigh, NC

Population: 8,992
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $387,250 (Third best)
Median Income: $86,021 (Third best)
More on Wade: Homes For Sale | Data

Wade Raleigh, NC

Population: 14,634
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $256,791 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $50,986 (Tenth best)
More on Hillsborough: Homes For Sale | Data

Hillsborough Raleigh, NC

Population: 76,649
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $266,389 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $80,005 (Fourth best)
More on North: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,549
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $374,150 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $76,056 (Sixth best)
More on Six Forks: Homes For Sale | Data

Six Forks Raleigh, NC

Population: 81,974
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $279,428 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $78,719 (Fifth best)
More on Northwest: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,631
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $267,200 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $59,730 (Seventh best)
More on Falls Of Neuse: Homes For Sale | Data

Falls Of Neuse Raleigh, NC

Population: 2,801
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $287,625 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $54,564 (Ninth best)
More on Mordecai: Homes For Sale | Data

Mordecai Raleigh, NC

Population: 6,392
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $247,660 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $35,632 (16th best)
More on North Central: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Raleigh, NC Neighborhoods In 2022

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 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, Glenwood.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Raleigh, North Carolina has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Raleigh

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Raleigh where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Raleigh aren't all good. South takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Raleigh.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Raleigh For 2022 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Glenwood 7,562 $619,129 $128,078
2 Five Points 8,393 $516,550 $107,650
3 Wade 8,992 $387,250 $86,021
4 Hillsborough 14,634 $256,791 $50,986
5 North 76,649 $266,389 $80,005
6 Six Forks 10,549 $374,150 $76,056
7 Northwest 81,974 $279,428 $78,719
8 Falls Of Neuse 9,631 $267,200 $59,730
9 Mordecai 2,801 $287,625 $54,564
10 North Central 6,392 $247,660 $35,632
11 West 37,998 $161,100 $49,446
12 Northeast 87,424 $154,814 $56,500
13 Central 5,240 $247,500 $31,463
14 Southeast 28,074 $124,092 $43,932
15 East Raleigh 11,665 $175,225 $42,542
16 South Central 8,076 $128,425 $25,637
17 Southwest 22,629 $132,067 $38,691
18 South 17,197 $131,456 $42,477

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Raleigh.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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