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Posted on: July 11, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Holly Springs Among Best N.C. Towns for Young Families

The consumer advocacy Web site NerdWallet has ranked Holly Springs third in the state in its survey of best North Carolina towns for young families.

The financial literacy Web site based its rankings on public schools, home value, cost of home ownership, average income, and economic growth.

The latest honor bolsters Holly Springs’ growing reputation as a good place to raise a family.

Late last year, Bloomberg Businessweek named Holly Springs as the “Best Place to Raise Kids in N.C.” in its annual survey of the nation’s best small towns. Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated 3,200 towns in the U.S. with populations between 5,000 and 50,000.

2010 census figures showed Holly Springs had a higher percentage of households with children (55.5 percent) than any other town in Wake County. Holly Springs also had the largest average family size of any town in the county at 3.38 persons per family.

Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears noted his own fondness for maintaining that, “If it’s good for the kids, it’s good for Holly Springs.”

“That is not just a slogan,” he said, “but a guide for making decisions and having appropriate attitudes in the way we conduct our business.”

Interim Town Manager Charles Simmons said such positive recognition is the result of commitment to a vision and long-term strategy.

"Town leaders past and present along with our staff and residents have played key roles in creating the Holly Springs community we enjoy today," he said.

NerdWallet attributed Holly Springs’ high ranking to outstanding public schools, “great” cost of living, and robust economic growth. Noting that is in the Research Triangle region, NerdWallet credited Holly Springs as having a supportive environment for innovative thinkers and cutting-edge industry.

“The town recently cemented its ties to that tech-industry hub – literally, with the construction of the Triangle Expressway and other road improvements and infrastructure upgrades,” said Mike Anderson, the analyst who conducted the study. “Within the town, industry has picked up.”

The proportion of households with children has been on the rise in Holly Springs, increasing from 47.8 percent in 2000 to 55.5 percent in 2010, according to census figures. Those percentages far exceed county, state and national averages.

Holly Springs' population growth, especially in households with children, has increased the demand for parks and recreation programs and facilities. A major expansion of recreation facilities is under way to help keep pace with that demand.

With bonds that Holly Springs voters approved in 2011, the Town is adding soccer fields, tennis courts, greenway trails, playgrounds and other facilities to existing parks.

A new 42-acre athletic complex on North Main Street will include synthetic turf soccer fields, tennis courts, and an 1,800-seat all-sports stadium. The first phase is set to open late next spring. The stadium is scheduled to open in 2015.

A second new park, the 116-acre Sugg Farm property, was purchased last year from the Triangle Land Conservancy. It is adjacent to the Town's Bass Lake Park and Retreat Center. The Sugg Farm property will be left largely in its natural state in keeping with a conservation easement.

Holly Springs was among five Wake County towns in NerdWallet’s top 10 list for North Carolina. Morrisville ranked first, and the Iredell County town of Mooresville was second. Apex, Cary and Wake Forest also made the top 10.

NerdWallet is a consumer-focused financial literacy website that tries to help individuals make better financial decisions and set effective financial goals. It has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

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