While it looks off color at first glance, Fuquay-Varina (pronounced “FEW-quay vuh-REE-nah”) takes its distinctive name from merging two areas named after former residents. It is the southernmost municipality in Wake County, with the major routes of N.C. 55, N.C. 42 and U.S. 401 passing through it, the latter heading southward toward Fayetteville.
With an annual growth rate of more than 5.5 percent, Fuquay-Varina is expected to have more than 17,000 residents by 2010, more than double its population a decade ago. Its growth is due in large part to a steady stream of new businesses and offices moving to town to meet the needs of newcomers.
The 2008 cost of living index in Fuquay-Varina was 84.6, well below the U.S. average of 100, and home sales are among the best in Wake County, costing less than $200,000 on average. Even with all the growth, the population density remains low, and there is plenty of rural area in every direction outside it for citizens to enjoy (Holly Springs is the only town located within a 6-mile radius).
Do not let those numbers fool you, however. The important one to remember is that the most common occupation among males is computer specialist. As most residents commute to work outside of town, there are a lot of educated potential employees just waiting to be tapped for technical jobs.
For those who want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the town charter (although it did not become named “Fuquay-Varina” until 1963), the big event will occur March 6. If you miss that, the town also holds its annual Fourth of July Celebration and a Gala Celebration Oct. 10. Clearly – and deservedly so – Fuquay-Varina is ready to party this year.