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Knightdale is one of the up and coming areas in the Triangle. While it's still small, it is growing and the Town appears to be making careful and thoughtful decisions about managing that growth well and taking citizens ideas and desires for their home into consideration. Read on to see what the locals already love about living in Knightdale!


Knightdale was recently voted the #3 most affordable places to live in North Carolina. Many times affordability comes with some negative factors...bad location, high crime, crazy traffic.

But Knightdale has none of these. If anything I would say the reason Knightdale is so affordable is because it is undiscovered. 

Knightdale has the 2nd lowest housing prices in all of Wake County at a median value of $238,000.

Another affordability boon to Knightdale is that many ares are USDA loan eligible. USDA loans are government loans similar to VA and FHA which are insured by the Federal Government and offer low and no downpayment options for borrowers. The USDA program is specifically designed to bring development to rural areas. Eligibility is based on location (among other things)...it must be in a designated rural area. A large part of Knightdale qualifies for these $0 down loan programs.


While many affordable areas are not conveniently located, Knightdale is just minutes away from big city amenities.

  • Downtown Raleigh - 15 Min
  • North Hills 15 Minutes
  • Airport 25 Minutes
  • RTP 30 Min

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Image courtesy of Google Maps

While many affordable areas are not conveniently located, Knightdale is just minutes away from big city amenities.


Knightdale has been voted one of safest cities in North Carolina by insurance company Safewise. And Knightdale even gives the Town of Cary a run for it's safety money. Look at the map below to see crime rates by city. The color coding makes it really easy to see where the least crime is occurring.

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Crime data Image courtesy of City-Data.com

Parks & Greenways

We know that Knightdale is safe and convenient. Now for the fun stuff! Knightdale is home to many parks and greenways. The most recent and exciting addition is the Knightdale Station Park.

Knightdale Station Park

Knightdale Station is a planned live-work-play community in Knightdale. It is adjacent to the city's 76 acre park, Knightdale Station Park. It includes miles of paved trails, a dog park, athletic fields and a farm-themed playground.

Phase II will include tennis courts, an amphitheater, farmers market and arboretum. 

Knightdale State Boardwalk image courtesy of Knightdale Station

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KNightdale Station Park image courtesy of Knightdale Station

Knightdale Environmental Park

Knightdale Environmental Park is a natural park with paved walking trails, pond with boardwalk and overlook, benches and two picnic shelters.

Mingo Creek Park & Trails

Mingo Creek Park is an 8 acre park with basketball courts and access to the Mingo Creek Greenway. The MC Greenway is a connector for the 26 mile Neuse River Trail, which stretches from Clayton to Wake Forest.

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Mingo Creek Greenway image courtesy of Stewart Inc.

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Neuse River Trail courtesy of Wake County


For a small town, Knightdale is definitely doing it's best to make the community a welcoming place with plenty of opportunities for citizens to connect and enjoy their town. A few of the most popular annual events are...

Outdoor Movie Night Series

Outdoor Movie Night Series is hosted by the Town of Knightdale at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. All movies during this spring/fall event are free and open to the public.

Drafts & Carafes

Drafts and Carafes is an outdoor festival with the most popular collection of local breweries, wineries and food trucks at Knightdale Station Park. 

Images courtesy of Knightdale Station

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Drafts & Carafes image courtesy of Knightdale Station

Other Popular Events...

  • MumkinFest
  • Daddy/Daughter Dance
  • Paws in the Park
  • Food Truck Thursdays
  • Psyched About Bikes
  • Fall Family Fitness

Restaurants and Shops

Knightdale peeps love living so close to so much shopping. Yes, Knightdale is right next door to Raleigh and some of the best shopping in the city. But many people that live in Knightdale say they don't need to leave Knightdale because everything they need is there.


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Oak City Brewing Company is a family and dog friendly place to come have a beer in a unique historic park-like setting.

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Highway 55 Burgers and Fries offers fresh, never frozen burgers, in house made frozen custard in a 1950's diner themed environment.

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Grand Street Pizza offers thin-crust & Sicilian pies, plus Italian platters & subs, in relaxed counter-serve environment.

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A'nets Katch seafood restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.

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El Senor, authentic Mexican food made fresh just for you.

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Soprano's Grill, good food, fresh ingredients, great ambiance! 

The Distillery

You don't have to go to the Caribbean to experience good rum! The Distillery makes both single run and aged rums from molasses and unrefined sugar cane. A great option for locally crafted rum. 

The Mercantile

An eclectic store with unique items that can't be found anywhere else! The Mercantile is a home decor store that also stocks pieces from local artists. It's a must see!

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Image courtesy of The Mercantile

In addition to these popular locally owned shops and restaurants, all the big box stores are located right in Knightdale at the Shoppes at Midway Plantation, Knightdale Crossing and Knightdale Commons.

Small Town Community

When I asked some locals what they loved about living in Knightdale, their responses were amazing! Some of them were truly heartfelt. These people love their community!

This is what Knightdale residents had to say about why they loved living in Knightdale...

"...Halloween is full of families trick or treating, A lot of families go to Oak City [Brewing Company] and kids play out on the lawn."

"I love that everything is close by , love the fact I can get fresh eggs and honey right on the main road , and strawberry picking is close and love
the quaint small businesses."

Carol G

"...I love my neighborhood and our lil downtown with the park, Oak City Brewery, and Mercantile."

Andrea S.

"Love that I can walk to not one, but 2 parks. The Christmas parade. I'm close to everything but don't feel like I live in a big town."

Amanda F.

"I moved from the North. Knightdale, NC has allowed my children to grow up with a freedom that I had as a kid. The schools are very family oriented. My kids got to explore, play outside without worrying...They went to camps and made all sorts of diverse friendships. When I go shopping someone always smiles and says hello. I tell everyone that considers moving to NC to check out Knightdale! To me and my family it’s the best place ever to live and raise your children.

Colette L. 

"If you say you'd like to meet people, you get invited out to meet people. 
There's always stuff to do. 
Room to breathe. Ahhh!"

Beki A.

" I love the amazing sense of community!" 

April J.

"Affordable living and easy access!"

Sunny M.

"We love that everything is so close by! You can drive to Raleigh, Cary, or Garner in 20 minutes or less without the hassle of having to get out of the center of any of those cities. We love that it’s growing and there are some great local businesses. The housing prices are good and values are increasing. Knightdale is great for our family! **HUGE bonus: I can get to Target in under 10 minutes! "

Ashley W.

"The people - we have made amazing friends since moving here. Family friendly - there is always some place to go or something to do for children and adults.

It’s the “small town” feel that I wanted to raise my children with enough close amenities to fulfill my “city girl” heart."

Beth C

"Small town with convenient access to the big city.

Kathy B.

"We came from a small Louisiana close knit town where you went to the store and knew the cashiers and baggers. We weren’t looking for a home but this one found us. We drove out here and felt like we were back home in Louisiana. Mrs Bonnie in the garden center at Walmart sold us on the town. 

Stephanie R.

"I feel like everyone at the businesses I use know me and care. I love the small town feel."

Rachelle C.

"CommUNITY comraderie
Local businesses options
The events at our beautiful park
The police, fire, first responders at events
When you reach out for help you find it." 

Jeannie B.

Awesome library, we love storytime and can't wait until it reopens
So close to everything
Friendly people and great community feel 
Love the annual July 4th celebration, lots of community events, fire truck event, food truck rodeo, Popes strawberry farm, Planters Walk Christmas lights
We love Knightdale!

Crystal D.

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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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