7 Reasons to Live in Smithfield NC

Town of Smithfield North Carolina

Are you looking for a new hometown in the Raleigh-Durham area? New Home Inc. has 7 reasons to live in Smithfield, NC. The Raleigh suburb is one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina, which makes perfect sense when you look at the many advantages of living in Smithfield.

1. Smithfield is close to Raleigh

Smithfield is a small town—about 13,000 residents—on the Neuse River, in the heart of Johnston County. In fact, it’s the county seat and just south of Raleigh, which is a half-hour drive when you’re living in Smithfield. Research Triangle Park is also an easy drive from your home here. With such easy access to these urban and commercial centers, you can get in and out of the city and experience all that the North Carolina capital has to offer. Meanwhile, you reap the benefits of living in a quiet, friendly, and close-knit area with more open space to enjoy your broader horizons.

2. There’s something for everyone in Historic Downtown Smithfield…and beyond.

A nationally  accredited and award-winning Main Street Community, Smithfield and its leadership are invested in keeping the town as a welcome, walkable place to experience something special any time of year.

Downtown Smithfield presents a beautiful tribute to North Carolina’s past and present. The national historic district includes 24 buildings that date as far back as 1890. The Howell Theatre has been a valued source for entertainment since 1935, and the movie theatre continues to operate today.

Many more businesses have found a home in Downtown Smithfield, bringing something new to the historic landscape. Take your pick of places for shopping, dining, entertainment, culture, and recreation. 

When you venture beyond Downtown Smithfield, you’ll find more things to do. The Carolina Premium Outlets offer a bargain hunter’s treasure hunt where you search for unbeatable deals on designer styles and products.

The Brightleaf Flea Market presents a similar shopping exploration. Work your way through 100,000 square feet in this indoor market, which includes a local farmers market, bakery, restaurants, and concession stands.

3. Smithfield offers an affordable cost of living.

Finding a hometown that offers an affordable cost of living is a priority for many people who are relocating to the Triangle region. You can find this benefit in the Raleigh suburb of Smithfield, NC. The cost of housing is more than 10% lower than the average for North Carolina and more than 27% lower than the national average! Across all categories—groceries, healthcare, median home cost, transportation, and utilities—Smithfield’s affordable cost of living is a real plus, particularly when you weigh it with the high quality of living here.

4. You can live AND work in Smithfield.

If you want to minimize your commute, there are plenty of job opportunities in your hometown of Smithfield. Major employers include Amazon, which brought 500 new jobs to Smithfield with the opening of its 620,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in 2022. You’ll find many other highly rated employers—local, national, and international—in this Raleigh suburb.

Of course, the commute to Raleigh and Research Triangle Park is worth the drive to a vast—and growing—array of employment, from entry level to executive positions. Either way, living in Smithfield puts you in a great location to where you want to be.

5. Smithfield schools deliver a great education.

Families have to consider the quality of education offered in their new hometown. Smithfield schools are known for providing quality academics as well as a well-rounded educational experience, from preschool through high school. The acclaimed Johnston County School District represents a region with one of the highest numbers of top-rated public schools in North Carolina. Smithfield’s schools have kept up with changes in technology, education, and the growing population of the town they serve.  

6. Festivals are part of the fun-loving Smithfield culture.

Living in a small town means neighbors become friends. And what better way to cultivate and strengthen these friendships than to celebrate? Smithfield loves its festivals and special events. The town hosts a variety of annual and seasonal festivities, like the Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival, held the first Saturday in May for almost 40 years. You’ll also discover other locally treasured gatherings, like The Smithfield River Rat Regatta (August), Touch-A-Truck fundraiser (November), the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk (November), and Smithfield’s section along the 301 Endless Yard Sale (June).

Of course, the townspeople also gather for a 4th of July celebration, the Smithfield Shamrock Shuttle for St. Patrick’s Day, Ghost Walk for Halloween, and a variety of spirit-sparking seasonal events every December.

7. Nature and recreation come together in Smithfield.

Is recreation how you like to spend your free time? Name your activity and you’ll find it close to home when living in Smithfield. The Smithfield Community Park is just the place for the sporting crowd. Take your pick of 4 tennis courts, 2 outdoor basketball courts, shuffleboard, bocce, 4 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, a youth football/multipurpose field, 3 picnic shelters, 2 playground areas, a one-mile walking trail, 2 horseshoe courts, a 9-hole disc golf course, and a double batting cage facility. You can also access the trail head to the Buffalo Creek Greenway from the  Smithfield Community Park.

The Smith-Collins Park is another popular Smithfield public recreation area, particularly since the addition of a splash pad.

If you want to make a bigger splash, head to the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center. There’s water fun for all ages with a 50-meter, 8-lane indoor pool and indoor splash park. For an out-of-water experience, the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center is equipped with both racquetball and basketball courts, an indoor walking track, fitness center, and aerobics room. There’s even an Arts & Crafts Room where you can take pottery classes. 

Links lovers love playing the 18-hole, 7,000-yard golf course at The Country Club of Johnston County in Smithfield.

When you furry family members want some recreation of their own, head to the Smithfield Dog Park where they can join canine companions in a fully fenced space. 

Your new home is waiting for you in Smithfield.

New Home Inc. appreciates the many reasons for living in Smithfield, so we’re building new homes in this appealing Raleigh suburb. We have new homes for sale in Smithfield at Riverwalk in Downtown Smithfield. Brand new townhomes for sale in Smithfield are planned for Franklin Townes, coming soon to Smithfield.

When you choose New Home Inc., your home is built with comfort, safety, and lasting value in mind—and the extra built-in feature of affordability. We approach homebuilding with a Future-Proof mindset and design. Your New Home Inc. home is  healthy and smart, as well as stylish and well crafted. You have plenty of choices for your new home. Living in Smithfield, in a New Home Inc. home, is the best combination you can get. Browse our communities, floor plans, and available homes for sale in Smithfield, Raleigh, and the surrounding areas. Then contact New Home Inc. to plan your move.

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