Raleigh, the second largest city in North Carolina, grew from a travelers’ rest stop in the early 1800s, into an urban center. The city is well known for its museums, parks and live productions such as Broadway musicals, live concerts, and local theatre. Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Wake County Speedway, and is host to PGA Tour golf tournaments.
Raleigh is what you would call a “planned capital city,” meaning the founders built it to be the location for the capital of North Carolina. In 1792, Raleigh, originally named Wake Crossroads, started out as a rest stop for travelers during their journeys north to south and vice versa. On New Year’s Eve of 1792, “Raleigh” was declared the official name for the capital, and nearly 50 years later in 1840, the state Capitol Building was completed and still stands today. After surviving the Civil War with little physical damage, Raleigh’s retail industry started to grow. Once WWII ended, the city transformed into an urban center with the expansion of colleges, parks, and shopping areas.
Raleigh is about three hours in each direction from the Great Smoky Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and is nestled in the central Piedmont area of North Carolina. The average temperature during the winter is about 38° F and is close to 80° F in the summer. The annual average temperature is 59.3° F.
Capital Area Transit provides bus services and the R-Line in the downtown area as a means of public transportation for residents and visitors. Also, shuttles are available for transport to and from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Cost of Living in Raleigh
Raleigh’s cost of living is more expensive than the national average. Use these links to determine how your current budget will be affected in Raleigh.
The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is the largest school district in North Carolina and the 16th largest in the United States. Nearly 150,000 students are enrolled in the district’s 165 schools.
Duke University Hospital is the number one ranked hospital in the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area as well as the number one hospital in the state of North Carolina. Duke University Hospital is a general medical and surgical facility as well as a teaching hospital. The hospital is nationally ranked in 13 adult and 9 pediatric specialties. If you’ve made Raleigh your home, it’s a good idea to learn about the medical resources available to you:
Raleigh Real Estate
Just like the city’s cost of living, Raleigh’s real estate can also be a little high; it is some of the most expensive in North Carolina. Use the links below to learn more about real estate in Raleigh, and to begin your search for a home in or around Raleigh.
Raleigh has 140 hotels and other accommodations to choose from. Use these links to find the right place to stay the next time you are visiting Raleigh.
Raleigh boasts over 1,000 restaurants, offering nearly 50 different cuisines. Search your culinary options in Raleigh using the links below.
Things to Do in Raleigh
Raleigh is a hot spot for shopping with 11 major retail centers in the area. The city is also host to many Broadway shows and live concerts. It’s a great place for visitors and families of all sizes with activities ranging from world-class museums to parks and lakes to local microbreweries. There really is something for everyone.