Wake Forest, North Carolina, in Wake County, is 10 miles north of Raleigh, the state capital. Wake Forest is bordered by Franklin County to the north and the Neuse River on the south. In 2009, Wake Forest, NC enjoyed a year-long centennial celebration with the theme “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Embrace the Future.”
The U.S. Census Bureau lists the 2007 estimated population of Wake Forest, N.C. at 24,125 residents. The Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce predicts continued growth, with a population of 28,372 expected in 2012. The temperate weather, first-rate medical facilities in the region, and a reasonable cost of living are magnetic draws. Many residents of Wake Forest, North Carolina commute to Raleigh for employment. Raleigh and Wake Forest, North Carolina offer an abundance of large employers, among which are IBM, Duke University’s Medical Center, the state of North Carolina, Wake County Public School System, and the North Carolina State University. The median income for a Wake Forest household was $62,002 in 2008.
The Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation promotes historic Downtown Wake Forest with special events and streetscape renovation projects, such as new sidewalks, benches, trees and historic rehabilitation tax credits. Wake Forest, NC is served by Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is located 20 miles southwest of the town. Wake Forest is located off U.S. Route 1 and enjoys convenient access to I-85 and I-40. The Triangle Transit Authority operates buses that connect the town to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.
Wake Forest educational needs are primarily served by the Wake County Public School System. The public education system of Wake County is considered one of the best in the state. There are numerous magnet schools and private schools available to Wake Forest residents. The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Wake Forest, NC. Nearby colleges and universities include Louisburg College, Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Peace College, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University and Wake Technical Community College.
If you are facing state criminal charges, including filing a false tax return, a violation of employee withholding laws or a sales and use tax violation, your case will be heard in state court. North Carolina’s unified statewide court system is known as the General Court of Justice with three divisions: the Appellate Division, the Superior Court and the District Court. The Superior Court and District Courts are commonly referred to as the North Carolina trial courts. Wake Forest is in Judicial District 10 for state court. The Wake County Courthouse is located at 316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601. The Appellate Division includes the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Both are located in Raleigh, the state capital.
Wake County is now offering Magistrate’s Court in Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Police Department one day a week for the convenience of both Wake Forest citizens and law enforcement officers.
If you have been charged with a federal white collar or tax crime — tax evasion, failure to file or use of abusive tax shelters — your case will be heard in federal court. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is the United States District Court serving the eastern 44 counties in North Carolina, including Wake Forest in Wake County which is in the western division. Appeals are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.