Continuing to garner accolades not only locally and statewide, but now on a national level, the Town of Knightdale was recently named on Time Magazine’s money.com annual rankings as one of the Top 100 Best place to Live in the U.S.
Explaining the process in the final rankings and how they are arrived at , money.com columnist, Kerri Anne Renzulli explained the process in which they listed towns from across America ranging in population between 10,000 and 100,000. Renzulli explained to start, “We eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity. This gave us 2,400 places.”
She continued in explaining. “We then collected about 170,000 different data points to narrow the list. We considered data on each place’s economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living, and amenities, all provided by research partner Witlytic. Our partners at realtor.com contributed data on housing market costs and growth. We put the greatest weight on economic health, cost of living factors, and public school performance.”
The following categories were noted as the main factors in naming Knightdale as one of the Top 100 Best Place to Live in the U.S.:
Economy—based on local unemployment rate, historical job growth, projected job growth and the level of employment opportunities available.
Cost of living—based on median household income, tax burden, insurance costs, commuting costs, medical spending, utility and home expenses.
Education—based on math and reading test scores and local and county level high school graduation rates.
Crime—based on property and violent crime risk as well as homicide and drug overdose rates.
Amenities—based on number of doctors and hospitals in the area as well as number of leisure activities in the town and surrounding area, including bars, restaurants, museums, sports complexes, and green spaces.
Ease of living—based on commute times, weather, and other factors.
To read more about the Town of Knightdale being listed among the 2017 Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S., and all of the other municipalities listed, visit time.com.
In what is becoming a common thread in the safewise.com annual rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, and also justification for you selecting to move you and your family not only to one of the Triangle area’s most sought after new home neighborhoods, but also one that lends the perfect setting for raising your children, Knightdale Station, the town of Knightdale has once again been recognized as a part of this prestigious list.
Heaping praise on the town of Knightdale for its youthfulness and focus on active outdoor living in addition to its high safety ranking that placed it among the Safest Cities in North Carolina, the Safewise article said, “Young, vibrant, and affordable are just a few key words that describe this Raleigh metro area community.” The piece continued, “Packed with parks and greenways, Knightdale is committed to creating outdoor space that brings families out of their homes and helps them get to know their neighbors.”
The experts at Safewise actually give a direct tip of their cap to Knightdale Station specifically as one of the great reasons to live in the town as the article moves along, saying, “Knightdale Station is a state-of-the-art green space that’s still growing, but already offers a children’s playground, dog park, walking and running trails, and athletic fields.” Giving its full endorsement to Knightdale as not only one of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, but also as one that is “on the rise,” the Safewise article concludes, saying, “If you’re searching for an active family lifestyle at an affordable price, Knightdale is a sure bet. You’ll also appreciate its high marks for safety.
In coming up with their annual tally of the Safest Cities in NC, the experts at Safewise explain on their website, “We’ve paired the most recent FBI Crime Report, with our own independent examination to ring you North Carolina’s top 50 safest cities to settle in.” It goes on to explain that all North Carolina municipalities with a population of at least 5,000 residents as of 2012 were analyzed in their study of the Safest Cities in NC. Continuing on to explain the rankings process, Safewise noted, “We analyze the number of Violent Crimes, consisting of aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery, as well as Property Crimes, consisting of arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.” Once analyzed, the final ranking numbers are then calculated basing the chances upon each crime happening out of 1,000 to make the system even for basing it upon the municipalities with widely varying populations.
To read more about the inclusion of Knightdale in the 2017 Safest Cities in North Carolina list, or to see a breakdown of all the municipalities listed and the statistics gathered in this study, go to safewise.com.
The holiday season is one that families and communities alike always look forward to with great joy, and with all of the fantastic Knightdale Holiday Events coming up on the calendar set to kick off with two in November, you and your family and Knightdale Station are in the perfect location to “deck the halls” and “give thanks” for all of these wonderful activities.
It never hurts to get a jump start on your holiday and Christmas shopping, and the first of several Knightdale Holiday Events not only gives residents a chance to get ahead, but also to buy local and support community businesses at the annual Knightdale Holiday Fair.
The Holiday Fair will be held at the Knightdale Recreation Center on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with over 30 local businesses and vendors expected to be on hand for the first of two Knightdale Holiday Events to help you start (or finish) your holiday shopping.
The second of the Knightdale Holiday Events on the schedule is the annual Turkey Leg 5K which starts at Knightdale Station on Thanksgiving morning, November 24. This popular “fun run/walk” has become a “Turkey Day” tradition in town and starts at 8:30 a.m with registration for the event currently under way. Regardless of weather conditions, rain, shine, sleet, or snow, the “healthiest” of the Knightdale Holiday Events on the calendar will take place, helping everyone to feel a little less guilty when they indulge in the Thanksgiving Day feast later in the day. Thanksgiving themed attire is encouraged, bu not necessary for the Turkey Leg 5K runners or walkers.
If you have interest in being a part of either of these upcoming Knightdale Holiday Events in the month of December, you may contact Michelle Wester at 919-217-2232 or Megan Thornton at 919-217-2236.
For those interested in being a vendor at the Holiday Fair, your registration form must accompany payment and certificate of revenue and be approved by staff.
Oak City Brewing Company located at 616 North First Avenue, and backing up to Knightdale Station Park, will bring a mix of two of North Carolina’s favorite past times, great music and great food, together with some fantastic local brew for a day of fun-filled festivities as the inaugural Oak and Smoke Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22.
The first ever Oak and Smoke Festival with see the days events commence at noon with live music, as the bluegrass festival portion of the event will take place on the Oak City Brewing Company lawn section. The great tunes will continue for the duration of the entire event, with music from the Ninth Street Ramblers, New ‘Shine Revival, and Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band.
Those planning to spend the afternoon listening to the lively tunes are encouraged to bring fold out chairs or a blanket for their own comfort and seating. There will be a limited number of tent spaces that are available to purchase at the brewery prior to the Oak and Smoke Festival as well. These may only be purchased in person for $30 and will include one general admission entry.
Some of the finest local BBQ from anywhere in the area will also be available at the Oak and Smoke Festival, as the delicious tastes of both “Heavenly Smoke” out of Raleigh, and Big Mikes BBQ of Cary will be on hand tickling the taste buds of all in attendance at the Oak and Smoke Festival. Of course, with the setting of Oak City Brewing Company as the host for the Oak and Smoke Festival, there will also be a wide selection of beers, with the outdoor beer tent and the tap house open, pouring, and serving for the patrons throughout the event.
Tickets for the Oak and Smoke Festival are on sale now and going fast at eventbrite.com and can also be purchased in person at Oak City Brewing Company. They are $5 each and all patrons attending must be 21 years of age and older. As an added bonus, the first 250 patrons to arrive at the Oak and Smoke Festival will receive a free koozie.
The Oak and Smoke Festival will start at noon and run until 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event and Oak City Brewing Company, visit oakcitybrewingcompany.com.
Returning for a second consecutive year on Saturday, October 22 to Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale Dogtoberfest will be a day full of “dog-themed” fun for the whole family and “man’s best friend.”
Knightdale Dogtoberfest kicks off in the same fashion as the inaugural event did last year, with the running (or walking) of the “2k9” Fun Run starting at noon. The run will loop around Knightdale Station Park and prizes will be given out at the conclusion of the “2k9” to the top several finishers. On top of these runners being awarded prizes, their will also be goody bags given out to the first 100 contestants that had signed up for the fun run at Knightdale Dogtoberfest.
Continuing in what figure to be a Knightdale Dogtoberfest tradition, will be the return of the wildly popular dog costume contest which will also see prizes awarded in a variety of categories to the dogs that will be judged by the local girl scouts.
Likewise, there will once again be a booth at Knightdale Dogtoberfest set up by the Wake County Animal Shelter (WCAS) where information and literature on how to adopt a dog will be provided. For those looking to leave Knightdale Dogtoberfest with a new pet, you will also be able to actually adopt a dog through the WCAS as well. Several other pet related vendors will also be on hand to share in this day dedicated to the dogs.
Heading into the fall season, Knightdale Dogtoberfest is just one of the many great community and family friendly events that the Town of Knightdale will be holding at Knightdale Station Park. You can find a full listing of the events coming up at Knightdale Station on their events page at knightdalestation.com or for a full listing of all the great upcoming events this fall and into the winter visit the official Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov.
Many items factor into making the important decision to build a new home and the choice of where to move your family, with none of these factors being more important than the safety of your children. The choice to move to the Knightdale Station new home community is one that not only gives you the great on site amenities and a beautiful new home, but with Knightdale being once again named by the experts at Safe Wise as one of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, you also can rest assured that your youngsters are safe.
The rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina is an annual listing done by Safe Wise, where they do an in depth analysis of all municipalities across the state that have a population of over 4,000 residents. For accuracy, the team of experts there uses the most recent FBI Crime Report each year to compile their listing. After pouring over the numbers, they look at two major categories and plug the numbers in to come up with the final rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina.
The categories used by the Safe Wise team in the comparison are first, the number in each town of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well the overall number of property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). Once these are figured out, they then arrive at an overall ratio showing the chances out every 1,000 residents of each of these crimes possibly happening.
This is the third consecutive year that Knightdale has ranked in the Top 50 among all municipalities on the listing of Safest Cities in North Carolina. Safe Wise has described the town and the reasoning behind their inclusion the past few years to the Safest Cities in North Carolina, explaining that Knightdale is “family friendly, affordable, and safe.” They have gone on to speak of the fact that Knightdale has become a very desirable location for young families, adding, “Its low crime rates, expansive recreation opportunities, and close proximity to Raleigh make it perfect for couples who want to raise a family.”
To view the entire article detailing the Safest Cities in North Carolina, visit the blog section at safewise.com.
On Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Knightdale Station Park will play host to a very special first time event to put a spotlight on the talents and creativity of the children in our community, while offering up a day full of fun for the whole family as the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department presents the inaugural Knightdale Kids Festival (K-Fest) event.
The first ever Knightdale Kids Festival is a combined effort, as all of the area schools, as well as countless organizations with in the community have banded together to showcase the great work and efforts of the youth in the Knightdale area and those dedicated to strengthening their education and futures. As quoted on the official Town of Knightdale website, the mission of the inaugural Knightdale Kids Festival is “Understanding that education is the pathway to success, the mission of K-Fest is to connect youth with local non-profits, educational and cultural arts opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to. This collaborative effort of community partners plays an important role in strengthening the educational component in Knightdale and Eastern Wake County.”
Throughout the day at Knightdale Kids Festival, children of all ages from area elementary, middle, and high schools will be performing in a variety of events, showcasing their vast skills in many areas. The highlights throughout the day that the kids will be a major part of at this community themed event will include:
Student Talent Showcase
Interactive Art Stations
Book Mobile and Reading Corner
Early Childhood Zone
Backpack and School Supply give away and so much more
On top of all of those great activities, there will also be plenty of other entertainment, food and beverages, and all around family fun to enjoy at the Knightdale Kids Festival. As has become tradition at Knightdale Station Park events, there will be a big selection of food trucks on hand serving up tasty goodies hat can please any appetite. The food trucks set to be on site at the Knightdale Kids Festival are:
In addition to all of these great things going on throughout the day at the first ever Knightdale Kids Festival there will also be live music and performers from some of the most popular local acts throughout the festivities. There will also be games and several inflatables for the children to play, and the Knightdale Farmers Market will be going on as regularly scheduled also.
With over 50 community organizations and businesses supporting the Knightdale Kids Festival as a partner or sponsor and 15 different schools or educational partners from the area lending a hand as well, this community based event is certain to become a Knightdale tradition to showcase our children. To see more information on this event, including a full list of all the educational partners, festival and community partners, and sponsors, visit knightdalenc.gov.
This Friday night, August 26, one of the most popular family events of the season returns to Knightdale Station Park, as Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night kicks off with a showing of the science fiction hit, “Avatar” playing on the big screen beginning at dusk.
With the Summer series proving once again to be a fun and entertaining night out for area families, the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series has four scheduled showings to take place on Friday evenings through the first week in October. The Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night events are completely free to the public and all are encouraged to bring either a blanket or chairs to sit on as they enjoy the movie.
The current schedule of movies to be shown during the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night this fall:
There will be vendors on hand serving up refreshments at Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night, and this fall there will be added incentive to grabbing a bite to eat or a drink at the events this fall, as groups from local schools will be running the concessions and all proceeds will go directly to the school on hand that evening. The Hodge Road Elementary PTA will be at the Friday, August 26 showing of Avatar, so having a snack or any type refreshment at the event will not only curb your hunger or thirst, but it will also help our area schools throughout the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series.
Additionally, the Cub Scout Pack 365, which meets right in Knightdale every Tuesday night at the United Methodist Church will be on hand volunteering their time to help with each Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night. If you have a youngster interested in finding out more about this great organization, you can visit them at any of the movie night events, or go to their website at beascout.org.
For more information on the upcoming Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night series, including sponsorship visit knightdale nc.gov.
As the calendar year of 2016 heads into the end of summer and toward the fall, there are several popular Custom Home Design Trends that new home owners have been utilizing their professional builders, just like the experts helping you to craft your dream home in Knightdale’s first master planned community, Knightdale Station , that you may want to take into consideration as the construction process begins.
The kitchen as many of you know has become one of the main focal points not only when building a new home, but also among the Custom Home Design Trends that have been noted throughout 2016 thus far. One such trend that has consistently remained popular in kitchens this year is “white on white spaces.” This “clean look” with the usage of white cabinets with a light colored or white counter top or back splash has returned in a big way. The main factor attributing to making this one of the most frequently seen of 2016’s Custom Home Design Trends , is the overall desire of new home buyers and builders to use the kitchen as the center of the home for entertaining guests, as the brightness of the “white on white” helps in opening up and making the appear large.
Double islands in the kitchen is another of this year’s Custom Home Design Trends that has seen many who have built a new home include, for much of the same reason. One island for seating and entertaining, with a second for much of the same and in some cases even for a sink, makes for more overall space when trying to be a good host.
As far as Custom Home Design Trends in regards to flooring this year, reclaimed lumber continued to be the choice of many. First gaining major popularity a few years back, this eco-friendly option in floors adds a unique look, and a bit of character and personality also.
It was not very long ago that brass fixtures in a newly built home were considered outdated and less than savory as far as Custom Home Design Trends go. However, they are back with a vengeance this year, mainly due to how “unique look of the brass when partnered with a more contemporary style fixture.
Continuing to take priority among the new homeowners in 2016 was a focus on indoor/outdoor living spaces. As is commonplace here among each of the Custom Home Design Trends discussed, this too plays into the open space concept that has become so important in recent years. Allowing indoor and outdoor spaces to flow seamlessly such as an outdoor living room type area around a fireplace or the indoor dining area opening to a patio space.
The incredible homebuilder team, and the wide selection of floor plans available at Knightdale Station can help you to implement any or all of these Custom Home Design Trends into your new home. To see the plans and get more information the builders…at the Station, visit knightdalestation.com.
With delicious and authentic signature dishes and what customers have called the “freshest pasta in town,” Mike’s Italian Kitchen, located at 7142 Knightdlale Blvd., just minutes up the road from your new home at Knightdale Station, is what many are calling number one among Knightdale Italian Restaurants.
With some of the most glowing customer reviews on both TripAdvisor and Yelp of all Knightdale Italian Restaurants, whether you crave authentic Italian in the form of an appetizer, entrée, pasta dish, or even pizza, Mike’s has got you covered. With appetizers that include cold or hot antipasto, bruschetta, or caprese and calamari described by one customer on Trip Advisor as “the absolute best caprese and calamari I’ve had in my life there appears to be no wrong choice in starting off a meal.
Moving along to the pizza, entrees and pasta dishes, which are a huge reasons that Mike’s has earned such a great reputation among Knightdale Italian Restaurants, the customer reviews are equally as stellar. One customer mentioned that “the lasagna and marsala are worth committing crimes for,” while another reviewer noted that Mike’s was “Some of the best Italian food and pizza I’ve had in Raleigh area so far…it felt like I had pizza from N.Y.” Likewise, yet a third happy customer praising Mike’s Italian Kitchen as tops among Knightdale Italian Restaurants said, “The appetizers and main course are so authentic tasting.” Continuing, the same customer compared Mike’s to other Italian eateries in the are, noting, “We have visited several of the well-known Italian restaurants in Apex, Raleigh and Cary and this is as good as those or even better…Well worth the drive for pizza or a meal.”
In addition to the entrees and dishes spoken of by the happy customers above, Mike’s offers the residents of Knightdale many delicious chicken and veal dishes, including Marsala, Parmigana, and Piccata. Likewise, the Zuppa Di Pesce and Shrimp Scampi are favorites of seafood lovers seeking out a meal at Knightdale Italian Restaurants. Gnocchi, Linguine (with white or red clam sauce), Rigatoni, and all pasta dishes are a huge hit and the Pizzas, Calzones, and Stromboli also set Mike’s apart from the pack among Knightdale Italian Restaurants.
Open on Monday-Thursdays at 11:00 a.m until 9:00 p.m., and an hour later on Friday and Saturday nights in addition to Sunday’s from noon through 9:00 p.m., since opening its doors this past January, Mike’s Italian Kitchen is setting the standard among Knightdale Italian Restaurants, for full menu options and to see more about Mike’s visit them on Face Book at facebook.com/Mikes-Italian-Kitchen.a