This tight-knit town is home to sprawling parks, gorgeous houses, and a vibrant downtown district.

Overview for Fuquay-Varina, NC

33,135 people live in Fuquay-Varina, where the median age is 36.6 and the average individual income is $35,549. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Welcome to Fuquay-Varina

A growing peaceful community rich with Southern charm

Fuquay-Varina is a hidden gem in the heart of North Carolina. This tight-knit town is home to sprawling parks, gorgeous houses, and a vibrant downtown district. Southern charm and hospitality abound in this growing area, where newcomers often encounter welcoming neighbors and friendly locals. With a great sense of community, Fuquay-Varina is a growing enclave that maintains a tranquil atmosphere. 

The geography of Fuquay-Varina is rich in natural beauty, with plenty of locations for boating and fishing, as well as trails for hiking and biking. Its lively downtown district is lined with high-end eateries and luxury boutiques. With plentiful amenities and an ideal location, Fuquay-Varina is fast becoming one of North Carolina’s most desired communities. This bustling area is the perfect place for those who want all the perks of living near a city while still enjoying the peaceful beauty of a small town.

What to Love

  • Southern hospitality and tranquil charm
  • Extensive amenities with a small-town feel
  • Vibrant downtown district
  • Ample shopping and dining locations
  • Ideally located near Raleigh and Research Triangle Park

Local Lifestyle

Fuquay-Varina is nestled in the heart of Wake County, ideally located near both Raleigh and Research Triangle Park. As a community, Fuquay-Varina is known for its friendly residents and close neighborhoods. The bustling downtown area features plenty of upscale restaurants, lounges, and shops. Ample local parks give outdoor lovers access to spots for boating, fishing, biking, and hiking. With its peaceful atmosphere, Fuquay-Varina is a North Carolina treasure.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Local foodies love the dining scene in Fuquay-Varina. Vicious Fishes Taproom & Kitchen is a local taproom with a full restaurant and bar. The menu is carefully crafted to pair with the beers offered by the bar. Each menu item is freshly prepared from scratch in the kitchen, making this eatery a local favorite. 

Just across the street is Aviator Smokehouse, which serves smoked wings and barbecue dishes that pair perfectly with Aviator brews. Aviator Pizzeria & Beer Shop is located across town and serves delicious handcrafted brick-oven pizza and drinks. The same owners operate Aviator Brewing Company and Aviator Brewing Tap House & Kitchen, the place to be for locally crafted beers, a vibrant menu, and live music.

Local foodies love Nil’s Mediterranean Cuisine for its delicious Greek dishes and baked goods. This charming eatery is in the downtown district, a Fuquay-Varina favorite for authentic Mediterranean cuisine. A small restaurant with a big personality, Little Portugal serves authentic Portuguese dishes in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Resident coffee lovers favor local roastery Cultivate Coffee Roasters, a cafe serving freshly roasted coffee and delicious bakery items. Finally, Pints Ice Cream & Beer, located in the heart of downtown Fuquay-Varina, is a specialty shop serving fresh ice cream, handcrafted shakes, and even grownup shakes and floats.

Things to Do

Fuquay-Varina is home to ample outdoor space in the form of parks, play areas, and gorgeous lakes. South Park is a local park with baseball fields, a playground, and picnic areas. There is a splash pad at South Park, making it the perfect place to cool off during the warm North Carolina summer days. Fuquay Mineral Spring Park, located near the downtown area, is a beautifully maintained green space with plenty of spots for picnics and shady strolls down brick-lined paths. The park’s name refers to the historic mineral spring winding through the grounds. 

Outdoor lovers frequent Hilltop Needmore Town Park and Preserve for biking, hiking, and walking. This sprawling park features over five miles of multi-use trails and plenty of open green areas. Stunning Harris Lake is a North Carolina treasure. This gorgeous park features areas for fishing, boating, and hiking. There are launches for canoes and kayaks, giving residents the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon exploring the lake. This park also has a disc golf course and a challenging mountain bike trail.


Fuquay-Varina is served by the Wake County Public School System. Excellent local schools of note include:


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Around Fuquay-Varina, NC

There's plenty to do around Fuquay-Varina, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Familiar Cookie, Ambrosia Cake Creations, and Fuquay Spice and Tea.

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Dining 1.38 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 1.38 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.83 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.83 miles 58 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 2.06 miles 31 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Shopping 4.78 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Fuquay-Varina, NC

Fuquay-Varina has 11,567 households, with an average household size of 2.85. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Fuquay-Varina do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 33,135 people call Fuquay-Varina home. The population density is 1,880.93 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Fuquay-Varina, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Fuquay-Varina. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Herbert Akins Rd Elementary
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Lincoln Heights Elementary
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Banks Road Elementary
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