Known for a long time as the town closest to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, Morrisville is carving out its own major identity in the 21st century. In the last nine years, the town’s population has nearly tripled, from 5,208 residents to more than 13,000. There are many reasons why this growth has occurred and will continue to do so.
Morrisville’s proximity to the airport and RTP makes it attractive for people working in those locations to live there for the short commute to and from home. At the same time, the interchange of Interstates 40 and 540 just a few miles northwest of the town limits make it very easy to reach northern parts of Wake as well as Durham County (part of Morrisville lies in Durham County, in fact).
Businesses have grown along with the incoming citizenry. TheMorrisville Chamber of Commerce counts more than 500 members, an impressive number considering the compact size of Morrisville (less than 10 square miles). A wide variety of hotels, shops and restaurants already open, and in 2009 both a Sam’s Club and a Super Wal-Mart will join them.
Yet even with all this development, Morrisville maintains a small town feel, according to most residents. The crime rate is low, and much of the surrounding area remains rural.
Morrisville is definitely on the move like the planes flying above it. Expect it to continue to soar as a top destination to live and work in Wake County in the next few years.