Wake County has a rapidly-growing Jewish community and currently has the second largest Jewish population in North Carolina after Charlotte.
While some people were born and raised here, and the community itself has a history going back to the late 1800’s, the vast majority of the population has relocated here from elsewhere within the last 20 years. This Jewish influx has come primarily from northeastern states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, mimicking the general population influx that the Raleigh-Cary area has experienced.
Raleigh is also an attractive place to retire, so there are many transplanted retirees in the area as well.
There is also a sizable Jewish community in neighboring Durham County and Orange County (Chapel Hill). These areas are served by their own Federation and synagogues.
The Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary currently maintains a mailing list for over 4,000 Jewish households in the greater Wake County area, but the overall Jewish population is believed to be still higher.