East Wake Counts – Hopkins & Riley Hill

Community doesn't just happen. We only feel a part of a community when we share a story or identity. That link may be a simple as sharing a place, with its streets, parks and stores, or it may be sharing a history, culture, values, dreams or experiences. We invite you to engage in this community by joining in planning, dreaming and experiencing all that Hopkins has to offer.

What's Happening In Your Community

On-Demand Transportation

COMING FALL 2021! There’s a new, easy way to catch a ride Northeast Wake County! GoWake SmartRide NE will be launching later this year and will offer low-cost rideshare options for the residents of Zebulon, Wendell, Rolesville and the unincorporated areas in between. Learn how it works here

In Your Backyard

Robertson Millpond Preserve – Stroll, paddle and fish at this refuge for nature lovers. The area is significant for its rich cultural and environment history.

Turnipseed Nature Preserve – This preserve offers nature exploration through wetlands and past granite rock outcroppings. Future projects are planned for this preserve including additional trails and interpretive displays on the history and wildlife in the area.

Sandy Pines Preserve – Located near Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon, this preserve will open to the public in 2021.

Lake Myra County Park – Approved as part of the 2018 Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond, and the planning process could begin in early 2023. If you have questions or suggestions for the project, please contact us.

Visit our Parks & Trails page!

Riley Hill Community Narrative

The American Community Survey published by the Census Bureau gives us a good look at social, economic, housing, and demographic data. We can target that data to a single geographic area in order to learn more about the people who live there. 

Below are some of the key findings for Riley Hill from the American Community Survey. You can find the full report here. Riley Hill is found in census tract 544.03. 

Population

Population by Age an Sex Census Tract 544.03, Wake County
Population by Age and Sex for Census Tract 544.03

In 2015-2019Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina had a total population of 3,521 residents.

Race and Hispanic origin

For people reporting one race alone, 68.2 percent were White; 24.6 percent were Black or African American; 0.0 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 0.0 percent were Asian; 0.0 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 6.7 percent were some other race. An estimated 0.5 percent reported two or more races. An estimated 13.3 percent of the people in Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina were Hispanic. An estimated 62.6 percent of the people in Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

Disability

In Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2015-201916.0 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 8.3 percent of people under 18 years old, to 14.3 percent of people 18 to 64 years old, and to 37.7 percent of those 65 and over.

Housing

Riley Hill Housing 2015-2019
Riley Hill Housing Breakdown 2015-2019

In 2015-2019Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina had a total of 1,318 housing units. Of these housing units, 70.5 percent were single-family houses either not attached to any other structure or attached to one or more structures (commonly referred to as “townhouses” or “row houses”). 29.5 percent were mobile homes, while any remaining housing units were classified as “other,” which included boats, recreational vehicles, vans, etc.

Financial Characteristics

Riley Hill Housing Cost 2015-2019
Riley Hill Cost-Burden

Housing Costs

Households that pay thirty percent or more of their income on housing costs are considered cost-burdened. In 2015-2019, cost-burdened households in Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina accounted for 30.6 percent of owners with a mortgage, 14.4 percent of owners without a mortgage, and 64.1 percent of renters.

Income

The median income of households in Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina was $66,875. An estimated 0.8 percent of households had income below $10,000 a year and 2.6 percent had income over $200,000 or more.

Riley Hill Income by Gender 2015-2019
Riley Hill Income by Gender 2015-2019

Education

Riley Hill Education 2015-2019

In 2015-201986.6 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 26.3 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 13.4 percent did not complete high school.

The total school enrollment in Census Tract 544.03, Wake County, North Carolina was 653 in 2015-2019. Nursery school enrollment was 38 and kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment was 566. College or graduate school enrollment was 49.

Hopkins Community Narrative

The American Community Survey published by the Census Bureau gives us a good look at social, economic, housing, and demographic data. We can target that data to a single geographic area in order to learn more about the people who live there. 

Below are some of the key findings for Hopkins from the American Community Survey. You can find the full report here. Hopkins is found in census tract 543.01. 

Population

Hopkins Population 2015-2019
Population by Age and Sex for Census Tract 543.01

In 2015-2019Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina had a total population of 6,381.

Race and Hispanic origin

For people reporting one race alone, 69.1 percent were White; 21.7 percent were Black or African American; 0.8 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 0.2 percent were Asian; 0.0 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 4.9 percent were some other race. An estimated 3.2 percent reported two or more races. An estimated 17.6 percent of the people in Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina were Hispanic. An estimated 57.1 percent of the people in Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

Disability

In Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2015-201910.4 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 1.0 percent of people under 18 years old, to 8.9 percent of people 18 to 64 years old, and to 34.5 percent of those 65 and over.

Housing

Hopkins House Inventory 2015-2019
Hopkins Housing Breakdown 2015-2019

In 2015-2019Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina had a total of 2,621 housing units. Of these housing units, 88.7 percent were single-family houses either not attached to any other structure or attached to one or more structures (commonly referred to as “townhouses” or “row houses”). 0.0 percent of the housing units were located in multi-unit structures, or those buildings that contained two or more apartments. 11.3 percent were mobile homes, while any remaining housing units were classified as “other,” which included boats, recreational vehicles, vans, etc.

Financial Characteristics

Hopkins Cost Burden 2015-2019
Hopkins Cost-Burden

Housing Costs

Households that pay thirty percent or more of their income on housing costs are considered cost-burdened. In 2015-2019, cost-burdened households in Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina accounted for 27.1 percent of owners with a mortgage, 12.3 percent of owners without a mortgage, and 23.3 percent of renters.

Income

The median income of households in Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina was $82,518. An estimated 3.4 percent of households had income below $10,000 a year and 9.7 percent had income over $200,000 or more.

Hopkins Income by Gender 2015-2019
Hopkins Income by Gender 2015-2019

Education

Hopkins Education Levels 2015-2019
Hopkins Education Breakdown 2015-2019

In 2015-201991.1 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 36.9 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 8.9 percent did not complete high school.

The total school enrollment in Census Tract 543.01, Wake County, North Carolina was 1,640 in 2015-2019. Nursery school enrollment was 167 and kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment was 1,182. College or graduate school enrollment was 291.

Census

The 2020 Census ended on Oct. 15. Thank you to everyone who participated. Final results will be delivered some time in 2021.

Data from the census will be used to determine:

  • More than $675 billion in federal funding for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs, including Title 1 funding, school lunches and Microtransit
  • Congressional representation
  • Electoral districts, which are redrawn based on where populations have increased or decreased
  • Where businesses open new stores, restaurants, factories and offices; where to expand operations; where to recruit employees; and which products and services to offer.

How did we measure up in the 2020 Census?

Hopkins and Riley Hill Self-Response Rates
Hopkins and Riley Hill 2000-2020 Self-Response Rate

What’s the impact of not being counted?

  • In some areas, the self-response rate was 12 points lower than in 2010. Each person not counted represents over $1,600 in lost funding for our community every year.
  • Higher self-response rates mean fewer people are likely to be missed or counted inaccurately. It also means the community will have a better chance at receiving its fair share of services and political representation.
  • Low self-response rates often result in an undercount of historically underrepresented communities.

You can find more census data here.