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About Raleigh - Raleigh Relocation Information
Welcome to Raleigh
Raleigh is the Capital City of North Carolina and with a population of over 380,000 it is the State’s second largest city.
Raleigh has experienced tremendous growth over the last several decades. And it is easy to see why. Raleigh has it all: climate, culture, education, economic opportunity and a great quality of life. Ideally located between the Great Smoky Mountains and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast, Raleigh is a great place to call home and a popular relocation destination.
So what is important to you?
Education, Healthcare, Sports and Recreation, Culture, and Economic Diversity? Raleigh has it all.
Education in the Triangle
The City of Raleigh is located in Wake County which is renowned for having one of the best public school systems in the country. In addition, parents have a number of options and can often choose between year-round or traditional calendar schools, magnet schools with a specific academic focus or charter schools which are privately run, but publicly funded. The area also has a number of excellent private and independent schools.
For great higher education, look no further than North Carolina State University located in Raleigh or nearby Duke University and The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Other nearby universities and colleges include Meredith College, Peace Collage, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s College, North Carolina Central University, Campbell University, Elon University and Wake Technical Community College all call Raleigh area home. Residents are discovering the benefits of having these institutions close by and taking advantage of class offerings to learn a new language or skill or explore life long interests.
Healthcare in Raleigh
WakeMed, Rex Healthcare, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are just a few of the major hospitals that are located in Raleigh. In addition, the area is second to none for renowned medical centers, such as Duke University and the University of North Carolina Hospitals, which continue to lead the way in advanced medical treatments.
Sports & Recreation in the Triangle
For the Sports enthusiast, Raleigh is hard to beat. From the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes to the collegiate sports teams including the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, Duke University Blue Devils and the University of North Carolina Tarheels which compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Raleigh area sports provide plenty of excitement and intense rivalry.
And if you prefer golf or tennis, there are numerous courses and affordable venues to test your skills. If you are looking for something even more challenging, Raleigh is host to the Hale Irwin designed TPC Wakefield Plantation Golf Course and the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Brier Creek.
Plus, nearby is the Cary Tennis Park. This is one of the largest public tennis parks in the Southeast and one of the premier centers in the country with its scenic bridges, extensive landscaping, well equipped pro shop and outstanding facilities. Cary Tennis Park is a year round facility that hosts top tournaments and events as well as lessons, league play and drop in play.
One of the great things about the Raleigh area is that residents get to enjoy a full four seasons of fun and activities. Yet the mild winters allow outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of activities all year round. With miles of greenway trails, a parks and recreation system that manages 8000 acres of park land as well as Pullen Park, Umstead State Park, Falls Lake Recreation Area and Jordan Lake; Raleigh residents have a variety of activities to choose from to stay healthy and active.
Raleigh area Cultural Activities and Nightlife
Raleigh plays host to a number of cultural activities and events. Take in an elegant evening that the Carolina Ballet or enjoy a night out at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This Performing Arts Center houses the Memorial Auditorium which is home to the North Carolina Theatre. The Fletcher Opera Theater, which is designed for opera, dance, and theatrical productions, as well as Meymandi Concert Hall, the new home of the North Carolina Symphony, are located at the Performing Arts Center as well.
Other cultural treasures in Raleigh include the North Carolina Museum of Art which has recently undergone a major renovation. The North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences are both noteworthy for their exhibits. Both are located in downtown Raleigh in the Capital District. Children are sure to delight in the Marbles Children’s Museum which offers lots of hands on exhibits, an outdoor water garden, and even a pirate ship!
Are you looking for something to complete a great day of exploring all that Raleigh has to offer? Then why not head to downtown and sample some of the nightlife on Glenwood Avenue or enjoy a great meal at one of the area’s trendy restaurants.
But you don't have to take our word for it. Here's just a few of the many accolades Raleigh NC and the Triangle Area have earned in recent years:
No. 1 Best Place to Live in the US (Raleigh) – Msnbc.com
No. 3 Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh) – Forbes
No. 23 Best Places for Business and Careers (Durham) – Forbes
No. 1 Best State Business Climate (North Carolina) – Site Selection
No. 7 Next Youth-Magnet City (Raleigh-Durham) – Wall Street Journal
Top 15 Place for Cultured Retirement (Raleigh) – Smithsonian.com
No. 1 Best Company to Work for (SAS Institute in Cary) – Fortune
Top 10 Start-up Friendly Cities (Chapel Hill) – Entrepreneur
No. 14 Great American Town (Apex) – CNNMoney.com
No. 20 America's Fastest Growing Suburbs (Wake Forest) – Forbes
No. 5 Best Places to Live Among Small Cities (Cary) – Money
No. 4 Best Places to Live (Raleigh) – Money