East Wake Counts – Zebulon

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

Farm Fresh Market

The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market operates every Saturday from early May through late August. Featuring the freshest and best-tasting locally-grown produce, farm fresh meats, jellies and jams, homemade baked goods, honey, and so much more. Shop local and buy fresh! Find out more here

Zebulon 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 Zebulon from the American Community Survey. You can find the full report here


Zebulon Population by Age and Sex 2015-2019
Zebulon's population breakdown 2015-2019

In 2015-2019Zebulon town, North Carolina had a total population of 5,404 – 3,038 (56.2 percent) females and 2,366 (43.8 percent) males. The median age was 36.1 years. An estimated 31.9 percent of the population was under 18 years, 30.3 percent was 18 to 44 years, 19.4 percent was 45 to 64 years, and 18.5 percent was 65 years and older.

Race and Hispanic origin

For people reporting one race alone, 52.7 percent were White; 39.8 percent were Black or African American; 0.0 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 1.2 percent were Asian; 0.0 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 1.0 percent were some other race. An estimated 5.2 percent reported two or more races. An estimated 6.4 percent of the people in Zebulon town, North Carolina were Hispanic. An estimated 47.4 percent of the people in Zebulon town, North Carolina were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.



In Zebulon town, North Carolina, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2015-201913.7 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 1.6 percent of people under 18 years old, to 14.0 percent of people 18 to 64 years old, and to 34.4 percent of those 65 and over.

Housing Inventory

Zebulon Housing Inventory 2015-2019
Zebulon Housing Inventory 2015-2019

In 2015-2019Zebulon town, North Carolina had a total of 1,999 housing units. Of these housing units, 87.9 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”). 12.2 percent of the housing units were located in multi-unit structures, or those buildings that contained two or more apartments. 0.0 percent were mobile homes, while any remaining housing units were classified as “other,” which included boats, recreational vehicles, vans, etc.

Financial Characteristics

Zebulon Cost Burden 2015-2019
Zebulon Cost-Burden Chart 2015-2019
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 Zebulon town, North Carolina accounted for 34.2 percent of owners with a mortgage, 11.5 percent of owners without a mortgage, and 56.6 percent of renters.



The median income of households in Zebulon town, North Carolina was $46,849. An estimated 9.5 percent of households had income below $10,000 a year and 1.5 percent had income over $200,000 or more.

Zebulon Income by Gender
Zebulon Income by Gender Chart 2015-2019


Zebulon Education Breakdown 2015-2019
Zebulon Education Breakdown Chart 2015-2019

In 2015-201980.3 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 18.5 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 19.7 percent did not complete high school.

The total school enrollment in Zebulon town, North Carolina was 1,763 in 2015-2019. Nursery school enrollment was 91 and kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment was 1,258. College or graduate school enrollment was 414.

Comprehensive Land Use & Transportation Plan

At the June 7, 2021 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board voted unanimously to approve the draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan.  The Comprehensive Transportation Plan is still in review and we anticipate completion in summer 2021. You can view both plans here

Alley Activation Project

The Town is excited to announce the completion of Phase 1 of their alley activation project with the resurfacing of pedestrian alleyway and private lot located south of 120 N. Arendell St. and the inclusion of public art and electrical connections for future lighting. This was a public/private partnership with the Town of Zebulon, the Zebulon Downtown Arts Council, and Dallas Pearce Realty. The space has already hosted several successful events including the Winter Market which resulted in the highest customer and vendor ratings of any outdoor market that we have done in 2020. The next steps include the installation of bistro lights at this location, and electrical infrastructure improvements along two other alleys to provide service connection for event participants including bands and food trucks. Residents can stay connected here.

Downtown Associates Community Program

The Town recently completed a "Downtown Conversation" series with interested citizens, business owners and property owners regarding guidance and direction for when they enter into the Downtown Associates Community (DAC) program, in January 2021. This program is a prerequisite to enter into the Full North Carolina Main Street Program in a couple of years and will assist the Town in technical expertise regarding the Four Points of Economic Vitality, Design, Organization, and Promotion. The Town anticipates appointing active participants to the DAC board in mid-late 2021. Learn more on Downtown Zebulon's Facebook Page.

Parks & Rec Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Zebulon Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to view a presentation on the progress of the Play Zebulon Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and the results of the Vision Workshop. Find out more here.

During each step in the process, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback. Please let us know what you think about the progress to date, and help us to finalize the shared community Vision for the future of our parks!

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 Parks & Trails for more information.


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?

Zebulon Self-Response Rates
Zebulon 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.