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About Raleigh - Raleigh Relocation Information

Welcome to Raleigh

Relocating to Raleigh NCRaleigh 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

Raleigh real estate agentsFor 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 golf course homesRaleigh 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

Government Links

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA – OFFICIAL WEBSITE

WAKE COUNTY


​DURHAM COUNTY

​ORANGE COUNTY

FRANKLIN COUNTY

JOHNSTON COUNTY


Performing Arts/Theatre/Entertainment


Museums

​​​​Sports
Collegiate Sports

DUKE UNIVERSITY – OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Professional Sports

CAROLINA HURRICANES – NHL HOCKEY
CAROLINA MUDCATS – PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
DURHAM BULLS – PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
CAROLINA RAILHAWKS – PROFESSIONAL SOCCER


Sports Complex

CARY TENNIS PARK
MILLBROOK EXCHANGE TENNIS CENTER
WAKEMED SOCCER PARK
WALNUT CREEK SOFTBALL COMPLEX
USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER


Golf

401 PAR GOLF
BRIER CREEK COUNTRY CLUB
CROOKED CREEK GOLF CLUB
DEVIL’S RIDGE GOLF CLUB
EAGLE RIDGE GOLF CLUB
LOCHMERE GOLF CLUB
NEUSE GOLF CLUB
HERITAGE GOLF CLUB
PINE HOLLOW GOLF CLUB
RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB
THE LONNIE POOLE GOLF COURSE AT NCSU
TPC AT WAKEFIELD PLANTATION
WILDWOOD GREEN GOLF CLUB
WIL-MAR GOLF CLUB

Parks and Recreational Activities
State Parks


ENO RIVER STATE PARK
FALLS LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
JORDAN LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
OCCONEECHEE MOUNTAIN STATE NATURAL AREA
WILLIAM B. UMSTEAD STATE PARK


Local Parks & Gardens

DURANT NATURE PARK
E. CARROLL JOYNER PARK
FRED G. BOND METRO PARK
HISTORIC YATES MILL COUNTY PARK
JC RAULSTON ARBORETUM
LAKE JOHNSON PARK
LAKE WHEELER PARK
MORDECAI HISTORIC PARK
MUSEUM PARK AT THE NC MUSEUM OF ART
NEUSE RIVER CANOE TRAIL
NORTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN
PULLEN PARK
SARAH P. DUKE GARDENS
STEVEN NATURE CENTER AND HEMLOCK BLUFFS NATURE PRESERVE

Largest Area Employers

Education

DUKE UNIVERSITY
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Financial Services

CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS
FIRST CITIZENS BANK


Government

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
WAKE COUNTY

Healthcare

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER
REX UNC HEALTHCARE
WAKEMED

Pharmaceuticals

BAYER BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS
GLAXOSMITHKLINE
MERCK

PATHEON PHARACEUTICAL
TALECRIS BIOTHERAPEUTICS

Research/Technology

BAYER CROPSCIENCE
BASF
CISCO SYSTEMS
CREE

DELTA PRODUCTS CORPORATION
DUPONT
EMC

ERICSSON
IBM
NETAPP
RTI INTERNATIONAL
SAS INSTITUTE
WASTE INDUSTRIES


Area Educational Institutions
Higher Education

DUKE UNIVERSITY
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MEREDITH COLLEGE
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
PEACE COLLEGE
SHAW UNIVERSITY
SOUTHEASTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE
WAKE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

K-12 Schools

Wake County Schools
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
HIGH SCHOOLS
MAGNET SCHOOLS
WAKE COUNTY CAREERS


ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS

DURHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS

Private/Independent Schools
CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL
CARY ACADEMY
CARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
CRESSET CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
HEARTWOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL
ST. DAVID’S SCHOOL
NORTH RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
RALEIGH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
RAVENSCROFT SCHOOL
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
ST. RAPHAEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF RALEIGH
THE RALEIGH SCHOOL
TRINITY ACADEMY OF RALEIGH
TRINITY SCHOOL OF DURHAM AND CHAPEL HILL
WAKE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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