A capital place to live, work and play
County: Wake County
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The capital city of Raleigh is the second largest city in the state. It is centrally located in Wake County and serves as the anchor of the popular Triangle area. Over the past 10 years, it has ranked among some of the fastest growing communities in the nation boasting increased residential and commercial development, a strong economy with career opportunities and a multitude of amenities and offerings for residents and visitors alike. It is consistently recognized among national publications and research organizations like Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and GlassDoor.com as one of the top cities to live, work and play.
Raleigh’s business landscape is booming with employment opportunities in a variety of industries. Of course, the city is also only a short drive from the nationally recognized Research Triangle Park technology and sciences hub, Durham and the RDU Airport.
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Things To Do in Raleigh
Art & Museums
The city is rich with cultural offerings including numerous museums, performance theaters and entertainment venues. Resident and visitors enjoy strolling through area museums like the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and the Marbles Kids Museum as well as catching performances by the Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Symphony. Raleigh is also home to the Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes hockey team and Carolina RailHawks men’s pro soccer club.
Raleigh’s food scene is one of the very best in the state with award-winning chefs and restaurants. The city’s food truck fleet continues to grow offering a fun approach to dining al fresco on area streets and at local parks. Another of the city’s unique offerings includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds, which plays host to the Raleigh Flea Market and the annual State Fair, an agricultural celebration with live concert performances, fun rides and games and nightly fireworks.
Outdoor Activities in Raleigh
The City of Oaks lives up to its name with more than 9,000 acres of wooded and grassy parkland, much of which is connected by a well-planned 152-mile greenway system and area trails. Children of all ages enjoy the city’s popular Pullen Park with carousel, train and paddleboats and fishing enthusiasts enjoy heading out to Falls Lake on the north side of town.
Top Notch Schools and Education
Raleigh’s educational offerings include leading public and private schools, community colleges and universities. Among the most well known higher education institutions located in the city are N.C. State University, Meredith College, Shaw University and Wake Tech Community College.
Shopping in Raleigh
Shopping is topnotch throughout the large city with an array of national retailers and grocers as well as locally owned boutiques and upscale shops. There are two large area malls and numerous shopping centers including Cameron Village, North Hills and Lafayette Village.
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No need to bring your own chair! When new, this pizzeria had loyal fans that brought their own lawn chairs to sit outside and enjoy the ‘Best Pizza in Raleigh’ according to the Independent Weekly - 10 times. That’s devotion.
Videri Chocolate Factory
Not many cities can claim a handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolate factory. Raleigh has one downtown. Using the finest organic beans, cocoa butter and sugar, their chocolate truly is a Raleigh treasured delicacy.
NC Museum of Art
Summer concerts, summer movies, rotating exhibitions, lectures, classes, performances, and one of the best permanent collections available is what makes the NCMA a cherished Raleigh asset.
City With a Small Town Feel
For those seeking urban living amid the hustle and bustle of a lively downtown to families searching for a home on a larger lot in a quiet and friendly neighborhood, Raleigh really is a capital place to be.