Knightdale used to be known as the first town you encountered outside of Raleigh when heading east towards Wilson, Greenville, Rocky Mount or the Outer Banks. But within the last five years, with the U.S. 64 Bypass in place, and Interstate 540 having completed its final north/east exit at the outskirts of town, people who formerly sped past the town’s stoplights for other points now are taking the time to re-examine a less-congested community with excellent access to virtually all major parts ofWake County. It is just a half-hour drive without stoplights from Knightdale to Research Triangle Park.
Though it only surpassed 10,000 residents over the past year (according to town estimates), Knightdale is expected to grow nearly four times that amount by 2025. Nearly three-fourths of homeowners live on their properties, and the median family income is around $62,000, making it more attractive for people to work and reside in the town.
Knightdale is planning for growth as well. Though its corporate limits are just a little more than 6 miles at present, its extraterritorial jurisdiction covers nearly 8 more square miles. It already borders Raleigh to the west for a short span, but there is plenty of room every other direction for Knightdale to expand.
The town has its own chamber of commerce, regional library, six public schools and more than 100 local businesses and business franchises, including dozens of attractions designed for children. Though Knightdale has increased its population from five times what it was in 1990, making it one of the top 10 fastest-growing communities in North Carolina, it has developed a sewer system connected to Raleigh that makes it ready to handle all new businesses and residents.
Knightdale truly is the gateway to more than just eastern North Carolina from the Triangle.