2021 is the year of the "Zoom town" – a great shakeup where professionals are exploring their home options. As more jobs go remote, fewer people are tethered to their old neighborhoods. Now's the time to go exploring and find a place where you'll feel truly enthusiastic to live.
For many people, that place is Raleigh, North Carolina.
There are so many reasons to consider Raleigh homes for sale. We decided to share a few!
- Raleigh Has a Low Cost of Living
A study by Payscale showed that average housing expenses in Raleigh are 30% lower than the U.S. average. Its overall cost of living is estimated at 5% lower than the U.S. national average, placing it among America's most inexpensive big cities. Many buyers have the chance to purchase not only a house but ample land.
- It is Emerging as Another Tech Hub
Perched between three major universities, Research Triangle Park has become the epicenter of an all-new tech boom for the South. More than 200 companies operate within the Triangle, and it has attracted the talents of some 50,000 workers in areas like microelectronics, biotechnology, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
- A Regional Leader in Higher Education
Few other places in the U.S. can match Raleigh's three major colleges, including Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University. It's a phenomenal place to start or continue with higher education, and about 43% of locals hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Wake Forest University is also nearby.
- Mild Winters Perfect for New Englanders
While the summer weather can be humid, Raleigh winters are a pleasant departure for many people who are used to wind, rain, hail, and snow. The average winter temperature is a balmy 43 degrees, well above what's needed for snow. In the summer, the average temperature "soars" to 78 degrees – hardly sweltering heat.
- Surrounded by Natural Beauty
No matter what interests you, Raleigh has the diverse geography you need for plenty of outdoor adventures. Weekend trips to the mountains or the beach are each about two hours away. Carolina Beach offers you the beautiful shore without the crowds, one of the top-ranked Pacific beach areas outside of Florida.
- The Smithsonian of the South
History buffs will have plenty to love when they choose Raleigh for their new home. Some of the most beloved museums in the country are right here, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and dozens of historic sites.
- Exceptional Shopping and Dining
There are three major shopping malls in the Raleigh area, providing everything from handmade local goods and colorful boutiques to all your favorite chain stores. The culinary scene is on the rise, too: Southern comfort food is on the menu, but so is innovative, sustainable cuisine suitable for foodies and locavores.
- A Welcoming, Friendly Community
In a word, Raleigh is neighborly. It has a sense of community you'll be hard-pressed to find in many other large cities, as well as distinctive neighborhoods with their own character. Oakwood, Five Points, Brier Creek, and the rest all offer unique charms, including differing tastes in architectural style.
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