Community Information

Garner, A Great Place to Be:

Located in a region consistently ranked among America’s best places to live, work, raise a family and earn a quality education, Garner is a suburban community that truly offers something for everyone. In addition to being known for its hometown character, historic downtown area, top-rated schools and quiet neighborhoods, Garner also offers an excellent climate for new, relocating or expanding businesses.

Town Population:
26,212 (as of March 1, 2014)

Land Area:
13.6 square miles of land and 0.8 square miles of water. Garner's geographical coordinates are 35°41′54″N, 78°37′22″W (35.698243, -78.622865).



Local Schools:

Elementary: (Grades K-5)
Aversboro Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 1605 Aversboro Rd.
Creech Road Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 450 Creech Rd.
East Garner Elementary (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 5545 Jones Sausage Rd.
Rand Road Elementary (Multi-track,Year-Round Calendar) - 300 Arbor Greene Dr.
Smith Magnet Elementary (IB Magnet Schoo, Traditional Calendar) - 1101 Maxwell Dr.
Timber Drive Elementary (Year-Round Calendar) - 1601 Timber Dr.
Vance Elementary (Multi-track, Year-Round Calendar) - 8808 Old State Rd.
Vandora Springs Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 1300 Vandora Springs Rd.

Middle Schools(Grades 6-8)
East Garner Magnet (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 6301 Jones Sausage Rd.
North Garner Middle School(Year-Round Calendar) - 720 Powell Dr.

High School (Grades 9-12)
Garner Magnet High (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 2101 Spring Dr.

For more information on the Wake County School System, visit www.wcpss.net.

Local Business:

Garner is a booming community for both businesses and commerce in the Triangle region. Known for its small-town charm and atmosphere, yet located near the heart of the world-renowned Research Triangle Park, Garner offers an excellent economic climate that's well-suited for new, relocating or expanding businesses.

Garner has maintained its small-town character while experiencing steady economic growth. With 47 percent of Wake County residents 25 years of age and older holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, the Garner area has one of the smartest labor forces you’ll find anywhere. That’s a major reason why Forbes has ranked the region the No. 1 place in America for business and careers four times in the last five years through 2011.

Top employers in Garner include the Wake County Public School System, Hamlin Companies, Town of Garner, Pergo and Telerent Leasing Corp.

With a high quality of life, a diverse, skilled workforce and access to the state's best academic institutions, Garner is the best place to do business in the heart of North Carolina.

Climate & Weather:

Month Average
Temperature
Average
Precipitation
Average
Humidity
January 38.9º F 3.5 inches 56.5
April 59º F 2.6 inches 65
July 78.1º F 4.0 inches 72.5
October 60.1º F 2.9 inches 74

Record Highest Temperature - 99º
Average Max. Temperature - 70.1º
Average Min. Temperature - 48.4º
Average Annual Snowfall - 7.0"
Average Annual Precipitation - 41.4"

Parks & Recreation:

If you're seeking the perfect place to call home, there's no better place than right here in Garner. Our town offers all of the major quality-of-life amenities everyone is searching for, all in one convenient package:

  • a temperate yearly climate featuring four distinct seasons
  • world-class performing arts, museums and cultural festivals
  • competitive sports teams ranging from major league hockey to collegiate basketball to recreational league offerings
  • outstanding access to cutting-edge health care, education and technology


And when you need to get away from it all, vacation options abound, practically in our own backyard. Whether you prefer the mountains, the beach or somewhere in between, you're within hours of your destination.

Parks: Whether you're an avid nature lover or are simply looking for a great place to relax and enjoy some fresh air, Garner's got the perfect place! The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department manages a total of 350 acres of parkland inside town limits, over 271 of which are for active use. The town offers plenty of recreational amenities, including over four miles of paved trails, 12 playgrounds, 12 picnic shelters, 14 athletic fields, six tennis courts and a boathouse on Lake Benson that’s open seasonally.

Recreation: From athletics and special events to the arts and outdoors, Garner offers a full slate of activities for people of all ages and walks of life. The Independence Day Celebration, which includes fireworks and a performance by the North Carolina Symphony, draws a crowd of 20,000 or more. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s other signature events throughout the year include the Spring Eggstravaganza festival, the Music Off Main downtown concert series, Goblins in the Park and the holiday season’s Light Up Main and Christmas Parade. The department distributes an activities brochure to town residents three times a year. Non-residents can receive the brochure by calling the department at 919-773-4442.

Future Development: With dramatic growth over the past three years, the Town of Garner continues to enhance and expand the area’s recreational facilities. We encourage residents to provide feedback on growth initiatives, including our master planning process for the next five to 10 years, by attending public discussions. For more information, please contact 919-773-4442.

Recent projects include:

  • • completion of the one-mile South Garner Greenway connecting White Deer Park to Timber Drive in fall 2011;
  • • completion of the 96-acre White Deer Park, with a LEED-Gold-certified Nature Center, in 2009. The park earned an urban forestry award from the N.C. Forest Service in 2011;
  • • expansion at the Garner Senior Center, including the addition of a fitness annex;
  • • reopening of Garner Performing Arts Center after major renovations including more comfortable seating, a revamped stage area and new backstage sound, lighting and scenery systems;


Residential Growth:

Garner is one of the hottest growth areas in the Research Triangle region. Because of its proximity to downtown Raleigh, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, Garner is a popular choice for many workers who are looking to buy a home and raise their family in a safe, affordable and convenient location. People are finding that Garner is more accessible and has more elbow room than many Triangle residential areas.

Families and individuals can find the home they've longed for in Garner, from an entry-level first home to a medium-sized family home, to a modern, amenity-laden executive-level home. Homes in Garner currently have an average sales price of $177,000.

Owning a home in Garner is a good investment, as projected steady growth in the area promises to increase home values. In addition, in Garner it is often possible to get more home for the money than in some other areas in the Triangle because of lower land prices.

Census data indicate that 70 percent of Garner's residents own their own homes, and the well-kept appearance of Garner's neighborhoods show that people here take great pride in home ownership. This high home-ownership percentage also indicates community stability and the commitment of Garner residents to the town and its welfare.

Send Questions and Comments to: garnerpio@garnernc.gov