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Holly Springs NC: 8 Reasons People Love Living Here {Updated 2020}

Holly Springs has plenty of jobs, great parks, restaurants and amenities, plus a well-thought-out plan for future growth. Holly Springs NC is a fantastic place to live! Read on to learn about 8 reasons people love to live here!

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Holly Spring NC: Active Lifestyle

For such a small town, Holly Springs, NC has a lot to love for those who are very active. There are numerous fitness centers, a very active running club, parks and other activities that will keep you moving throughout the year.

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Image courtesy of the Holly Springs Running Club

The following are great options for those who love to be active.

Holly Springs NC: Jobs

Holly Springs, NC was voted the #2 Best Place for Job Seekers in North Carolina by Nerdwallet. For a town of only 33,000, that’s quite an accomplishment. 20 years ago people moved to Holly Springs because it was a reasonably priced place to buy a home and commute into RTP or Raleigh. But Holly Springs has become a place to both live and work.

A few facts…

Median Income

$101,341 –  up from $91,000 when I originally wrote this article in January 2018.

Median Home Price


at the time of this writing, but check here for automated home sales data.

Education Facts

54% of HS Residents have college degree

18% Graduate or professional degree

Public Schools are some of the best rated in the Triangle.

Holly Springs major employment fields consist of…

  • Vaccine Manufacturing
  • Automation / Information Solutions
  • Office Furniture Distributor
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance / Benefits services
  • Landscaping Services

Holly Springs NC: Local Food

Did you know that Holly Springs, NC has the #1 rated farmers market in North Carolina six years in a row and #4 market in the southeast by the American Farmland Trust? Maybe that doesn’t seem a big deal to you, but in a state who’s primary industry has been agriculture for most of it’s life, that is a really big deal. There are plenty of farmers markets for  competition! 

For example, the Carrboro Farmer’s Market is a nationally recognized market and has been in existence for nearly 40 years. People travel from all over the country just to visit the Carrboro Market!

And yet, Holly Springs, NC won the #1 spot. So what’s so great about it?

Yelper Marian M says, even though it’s a small market… “From May through October I can do 80% of my shopping here for the week.”

Other reviews cite the convenient parking, great variety and quality of vendors, reasonable prices and delicious baked goods.

But a picture is worth a thousand words…in addition to the wonderful veggies available at the market, you can buy beauty supplies, syrups and jams, honey, meat and eggs.

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Image courtesy of Holly Springs Farmers Market

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Image courtesy of Holly Springs Farmers Market

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Holly Springs NC Parks & Recreation

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Bass Lake Park 

Bass Lake Park is a recreation center with 2 miles of walking trails, a nature center, picnic pavilion and boat rentals. The town of Holly Springs purchased Sugg Farm in 2012. This 112 acre parcel is being developed and will eventually be home to… an expanded network of greenways and mountain bike trails, community garden with barns, ropes course, small and large dog park, amphitheater as well as fields for events and parking for large events.

Sugg Farm Master Plan

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Image courtesy of Town of Holly Springs NC

  • Expanded Greenways & Mountain Bike Trails
  • Community Garden
  • Ropes Course
  • Small & Large Dog Park
  • Ampitheatre
  • Fields for Large Events + Parking for Large Events

Parrish Womble Park

A multipurpose park with the following features…

  • Multiple sports fields including a multi-purpose synthetic turf field
  • Adult and youth sized tennis courts
  • Playground and picnic shelters
  • Horshoe pits
  • Volleyball courts
  • Outdoor stage & Concessions area
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Image courtesy of Town of Holly Springs, NC

Ting Park

Ting Park is home to multiple sports courts and fields, including pickleball, basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse. The equipment is very well maintained, there is plenty of lighted parking and a playground for kids. The tennis courts include a fully enclosed, kid-sized court.

Ting Park is home to the local baseball team, The Holly Springs Salamanders.

Holly Springs NC: Safety

The Triangle is generally know as a safe area. But Holly Springs has exceeded other Triangle towns, winning 6 safety awards in the past 4 years!

To give us a good parallel, let’s compare crime in Holly Springs to crime in Cary and Raleigh. I really love the city comparison tool on Sperling’s Best Places. You can compare all kinds of things there, but we’re going to use it to compare crime rates. Data on Best Places is taken from the FBI database.

Cary was voted safest city in America multiple times. You can see in the image below that Holly Springs has an even lower crime rate than Cary. That isn’t terribly surprising considering the difference in size of the two cities. Cary’s population is 165,900 compared to 35,000 in Holly Springs. But it still feels good to live in such a safe place.

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Now to compare Raleigh to Holly Springs…

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You’ll notice that Raleigh crime is significantly higher than Holly Springs. Again, Holly Springs is a small town and Raleigh’s crime is still very low compared to other cities of it’s size.

Holly Springs NC: Restaurants

For a tiny town, Holly Springs has pretty impressive number of interesting restaurants! And several great pizza joints! Check out the most popular offerings below…

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Image courtesy of Homegrown Pizza

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Image courtesy of Mason Jar Tavern

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Image courtesy of Bass Lake Draft House

Homegrown Pizza is a pizzeria with a sports-bar vibe serving creative pies plus calzones, hot wings & sub sandwiches.

Mason Jar Tavern is an “upbeat outpost featuring draft microbrews, cocktails & casual eats in a modern space with a patio.”

Bass Lake Draft House Features a wide variety of local, North Carolina, and national breweries. Draft menu updated regularly with new and seasonal varieties.

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Image courtesy of Rise Biscuits

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Image courtesy of Blaze Pizza

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This native Triangle breakfast spot “serves the best dang biscuits and donuts in Holly Springs!”

Blaze Pizza – Hip counter-serve pizzeria dishing up crispy, thin-crust pies made with creative toppings & sauces.

Looking for someplace to watch the game? Hickory Tavern was runner up for ESPN’s Best Sport’s Bar in North America!

Did you know…?

Holly Springs has tripled in size since the year 2000.

2000 Real Estate Statistics:

Closed Sales: 542

Median Price: $159,000

2019 Real Estate Statistics:

Closed Sales: 1120

Median Price: $368,000

That’s a 106% increase in homes sold

A 131% increase in home value

Holly Springs NC: Downtown Development

Holly Springs didn’t have much infrastructure when it’s location, which provides an easy commute to Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, caused the sudden boom of development a few years back. But that didn’t stop it from creating it’s very own downtown district. Riding on the Small Town coat tails of neighboring Apex and Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs has developed a Downtown Village District with plenty of well-planned charm.

Holly Springs Village District

once completed, will include…

Holly Springs Cultural Center

State of the Art Performing Arts Theatre

Outdoor Stage

with lawn seating for outdoor performances and festivals

Holly Springs Community Library

Hunt Recreation Center

Fitness Center

1.5 Mile Indoor Track

1.5 Mile Indoor Track


Game Room w/ Ping Pong and Table Soccer

Playgrounds & Classrooms

Coworking Station

The Coworking station is designed to encourage entrepreneurship and business growth in Holly Springs. Holly Springs has also made Ting fiberoptic internet available to residents.

Mims Town Square & Park

Mims Town Square is a 20 acre parcel that will be fully developed to provide green space and beautiful architectural elements for the community using sustainable practices. Mims Town Square will include…

Mims Tavern

Mims Historic Home


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Image Courtesy of Town of Holly Springs, NC

Botanical Gardens

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Image courtesy of the Town of Holly Springs

Farmers Market Building with Cafe 

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Image courtesy of the Town of Holly Springs

Integrated Play Area with Natural Landscape

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Image courtesy of the Town of Holly Springs


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About the Author Ellen Pitts

Ellen is the founder of Harmony Realty, a socially conscious realty company. Ellen believes in empowering her clients through education and open communication. Ellen is a number-cruncher at heart and takes great pleasure in following and analyzing the trends of the housing industry. She loves communicating the big picture to her clients and helping them to understand how the market affects their sale or purchase. Her honest and down-to-earth approach allows her clients to make informed and intelligent decisions to get the most out of their offers and negotiations.

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