Discover the Exciting City of Oaks Lifestyle

Founded in 1792 as an ideal place to put the state legislature, the planned community of Raleigh has grown steadily to a city of 438,000. And it’s still growing, in business and cultural opportunities, with a focus on redevelopment of lagging areas into once again thriving business and residential communities.

Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the city center. Almost every picture of Raleigh as a city includes the new convention center wall art oak tree or the two-story globe of the earth at the entrance to the Museum of Natural Sciences. Raleigh is also known as the Smithsonian of the South for its many museums: including museums of art, science, natural history, and the wonderful Marbles kids museum and IMAX theater. The Monet exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art set attendance records. You can also visit the science lab at the Museum of Natural Sciences to watch a team of paleontologists work on their latest find of oviraptorosaur dinosaur eggs. There are also a dozen performing arts centers and concert halls should you want to see the opera, symphony, acting troupes or other performances.

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Welcome to Raleigh

Raleigh has many, many attractions. The State Fairgrounds, multiple concert venues, multiple institutions of higher learning, including N.C. State University, Wake Tech Community college, and African-American and women’s colleges. The Carolina Hurricanes hockey team calls Raleigh home, as do many varied businesses. Restaurants, clubs, chocolatiers and food truck rodeos, as well as the State Farmers Market, are all a draw. There are a number of attractive shopping areas all over town including Cameron Village, Brier Creek, North Hills, Triangle Town Center, Lafayette Village and Crabtree Valley. The historic Five Points neighborhood and many others are entirely walkable.

The city is known for its network of parks, opens spaces and greenways – including more than 100 miles of walking trails and the 5,600-acre William B. Umstead state park. There are a host of parades and events – including Artsplosure, the annual Krispy Kreme run, New Year’s Eve festivities, and the annual World of Bluegrass fest, which draws some of the top names in bluegrass from around the south. It’s also a great place for entrepreneurs: With one of the nation’s most educated workforces and low business costs, Forbes recently ranked Raleigh the No. 2 “Best Place for Business and Careers” in the U.S.

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Getting Around

Durham: 30 min
Research Triangle Park: 24 min
Major Roads: I-40, I-440, Glenwood, Capital Boulevard, Wade Avenue
Airport: Raleigh-Durham International


Population: 464,758
Population Change Since 2010: +15.0%
Median Home Value: $225,000

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