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An All-America City 

Located in a region consistently ranked among America’s best places to live, work, raise a family and earn a quality education, Garner is a suburban community that offers something for everyone. In addition to being known for its hometown character, historic downtown area, top-rated schools and quiet neighborhoods, Garner also offers an excellent climate for new, relocating or expanding businesses. The town was named an All-America City in 2013 as a result of innovative, citizen-led projects that improve quality of life and expand educational and cultural opportunities for citizens of all ages.

Garner offers all of the major quality-of-life amenities everyone is searching for, all in one convenient package:

  • a temperate yearly climate featuring four distinct seasons
  • world-class performing arts, museums and cultural festivals
  • competitive sports teams ranging from major league hockey to collegiate basketball to recreational league offerings
  • outstanding access to cutting-edge health care, education and technology

And when you need to get away from it all, vacation options abound, practically in our own backyard. Whether you prefer the mountains, the beach or somewhere in between, you're within hours of your destination.

Town Population

32,854 (Garner Planning Department May 2019 estimate)

Land Area

15.3 square miles of land and 0.8 square miles of water (as of May 2016). Garner's geographical coordinates are 35°41′54″N, 78°37′22″W (35.698243, -78.622865).

Local Schools

Garner is served by the Wake County Public School System, the largest school system in the state and the 15th largest in the country. WCPSS enjoys an outstanding reputation in the region and across the nation.


Elementary Schools (Grades K-5)

Aversboro Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 1605 Aversboro Rd. 
Creech Road Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 450 Creech Rd.
East Garner Elementary (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 5545 Jones Sausage Rd.
Rand Road Elementary (Multi-track,Year-Round Calendar) - 300 Arbor Greene Dr.
Smith Magnet Elementary (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 1101 Maxwell Dr.
Timber Drive Elementary (Year-Round Calendar) - 1601 Timber Dr.
Vance Elementary (Multi-track, Year-Round Calendar) - 8808 Old State Rd.
Vandora Springs Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 1300 Vandora Springs Rd.
Bryan Road Elementary (Traditional Calendar) - 8317 Bryan Rd.


Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

East Garner Magnet (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 6301 Jones Sausage Rd.
North Garner Middle School (Year-Round Calendar) - 720 Powell Dr.

High Schools (Grades 9-12)

Garner Magnet High (IB Magnet School, Traditional Calendar) - 2101 Spring Dr.
South Garner High (Traditional Calendar) - 8228 Hebron Church Road

For more information on the Wake County Public School System, please visit

Local Business

Garner is a booming community for both businesses and commerce in the Triangle region. Known for its hometown charm and atmosphere, yet located near the heart of the world-renowned Research Triangle Park, Garner offers an excellent economic climate that's well-suited for new, relocating or expanding businesses.

With 49 percent of Wake County residents 25 years of age or older holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, the Garner area has one of the smartest labor forces you’ll find anywhere.

With a high quality of life, a diverse, skilled workforce and access to the state's best academic institutions, Garner is a great place to do business in the heart of North Carolina. For more information, please contact Garner's Economic Development Department.

To view a brief profile of Garner produced by Wake County Economic Development and the Town of Garner, please click the image below. 

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Month Average
January 38.9º F 3.5 inches 56.5
April 59º F 2.6 inches 65
July 78.1º F 4.0 inches 72.5
October 60.1º F 2.9 inches 74

Record Highest Temperature - 99º
Average Max. Temperature - 70.1º
Average Min. Temperature - 48.4º
Average Annual Snowfall - 7.0"
Average Annual Precipitation - 41.4"


Whether you're an avid nature lover or are simply looking for a great place to relax and enjoy some fresh air, Garner's got the perfect place. The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department manages a total of 350 acres of parkland inside town limits, over 271 of which are for active use. The town offers plenty of recreational amenities, including over four miles of paved trails, 12 playgrounds, 12 picnic shelters, 14 athletic fields, six tennis courts and a boathouse on Lake Benson that’s open during warm-weather months.


From athletics and special events to the arts and outdoors, Garner offers a full slate of activities for people of all ages and walks of life. The Independence Day Celebration, which includes fireworks and a performance by the North Carolina Symphony, draws a crowd of 20,000 or more. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers other signature events throughout the year and operates the Garner Performing Arts Center and Garner Senior Center. The department distributes an activities brochure to town residents twice a year. Non-residents can receive the brochure by calling the department at (919) 773-4442.

Residential Growth

Garner has become a major growth area in the Research Triangle region. Because of its proximity to downtown Raleigh, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, Garner is a popular choice for many workers who are looking to buy a home and raise their family in a safe, affordable and convenient location. People are finding that Garner is more accessible and has more elbow room than many Triangle residential areas.

Families and individuals can find the home they've longed for in Garner, from a starter home to a medium-sized family home, to a modern, amenity-laden executive-level home. Owning a home in Garner is a good investment, as the steady growth in the area promises to increase home values. In addition, in Garner it is often possible to get more home for the money.

Two-thirds of Garner's residents own their own homes, and the well-kept appearance of Garner's neighborhoods show that people here take great pride in home ownership. This high home-ownership percentage also indicates community stability and the commitment of Garner residents to the town and its welfare.