Morrisville is a town of about 23,699 people (2015 U.S. Special Census) occupying 8.3 square miles in Wake and Durham Counties in the central portion of the state, about 14 miles due west of Raleigh, the state capital. Its motto is “the heart of the triangle” after its location in Research Triangle Park, an internationally recognized research center.
Namesake Jeremiah Morris deeded land over to the North Carolina Railroad and the community grew with rail service and its prime location at a nexus of roads feeding Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Hillsboro. Of historical significance, the town was the site of the last major calvary engagement in General Sherman’s campaign nearing the end of the Civil War.
Morrisville is located in the southern U.S. and has a moderate, humid subtropical climate. Average low temperatures range from 31°F in January to 70°F in July, while average high temperatures range from 51°F in January to 90°F in July. Average annual rainfall totals 43 inches, and average snowfall is 7 inches.
Public transportation is provided by bus (Triangle Transit) and private taxi. Rural areas are served via van transportation provided by TRACS, Wake County Transportation Rural Access. Auto and truck traffic enjoys close proximity to Interstate Highways 40 and 540, as well as State Highways 540 and 147. The town is a fifteen minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The North Carolina Railroad Company operates several passenger lines in the area.
Morrisville Cost of Living
How much will it cost you to live in Morrisville, North Carolina? Most of the necessities run close to the national average. However, you will likely pay a 40 to 50 percent premium for housing compared to the rest of the state. Use the resources below to calculate how far your dollar will go.
Morrisville is part of the Wake County school system which provides public education with more than 160 schools in the area, including Morrisville Elementary and Cedar Fork Elementary Schools in Morrisville. There are four high schools only minutes away in Cary. The diocese of Raleigh maintains several Catholic schools in the area. For higher education, Morrisville is close to Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
An online search finds 15 hospitals within 30 miles of Morrisville. WakeMed Health, headquartered in Raleigh, operates three hospitals with emergency services in the area, including Cary Hospital with 156 beds. Of special note, Duke University Hospital (20 miles) is nationally ranked in 12 specialties and 10 children’s specialties.
Morrisville Real Estate
The most recent census finds 8,784 housing units in the town, with an occupancy rate of 90 percent. These are about evenly split between owner-occupied and renter-occupied. The median price for owner-occupied housing is $268.500, with monthly ownership costs of $1677 for homes with a mortgage, $438 for homes without a mortgage. The median gross monthly rent for all renter-occupied units is $1,058.
The greater Morrisville area features ample choices for lodging, with three-star facilities such as the Holiday Inn and Hilton DoubleTree offering rooms under $100. Additional amenities and elegance are available in upscale properties, such as the Umstead Hotel and Spa (five stars) and the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center (four stars).
What are you hungry for? Your taste buds have lots to choose from. Southern style barbecue? Try Smokey’s BBQ Shack. How about some Mediterranean morsels? Check out Neomonde Bakery & Deli. Fresh seafood? Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar. You’ll also find Indian, Italian, Chinese, Vegetarian, Sushi, Thai, and just about any other kind of cuisine you have a hankering for—including American, of course.
Things to Do in Morrisville
The town of Morrisville provides many opportunities for recreation. There are organized programs for adult basketball, and for junior and youth basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse. The Morrisville Aquatics and Fitness Center offers year round swimming, dry sauna, fitness and aerobics training, plus racquetball and tennis. The state capital in Raleigh offers a variety of entertainments and cultural attractions, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Pullen Park, and outdoor playland where you can snap your portrait with a statue of Andy and Opie of Mayberry fame.