Raleigh, North Carolina – The capital city of North Carolina. Research Triangle Park. NC State University. These descriptions of the city are accurate, yet dated. They are merely the seeds that have laid the ground for Raleigh to blossom into a dynamic, growing city that in recent years has attracted substantial national attention. So what exactly is Raleigh like, and why have so many people moved there? Here are ten reasons why Raleigh has become such a popular location with both businesses and recent arrivals.
1. Raleigh has a central location & temperate climate
Situated along the eastern seaboard, the city of Raleigh is an embodiment of the real estate adage “Location, Location, Location”. Travel to the beautiful North Carolina coastline in 2 hours, to the mountains in 3 hours, or to one of the other 2 cities that make up the Research Triangle Region (Durham & Chapel Hill) in just 30 minutes. Raleigh’s location also has moderate climate, allowing residents to enjoy four distinctive seasons. The annual high temperature is 71.3°F and the annual low temperature is 50.3°F.
2. Raleigh has a stable economy and diverse job market
Ranked #1 by Forbes for “Best Places for Business and Careers”, Raleigh has a large pool of highly skilled workers and a wide variety of employment options. The main industries include government, education, healthcare, and technology. Research Triangle Park, founded in 1959 and home to 170 companies, has brought international attention to the area in the fields of biotechnology, textiles, and medical devices. With the relocation of Red Hat, Ipreo, and Citrix to downtown Raleigh, the city is also becoming a world-class technology hub.
3. Raleigh has big city appeal with hometown atmosphere
Raleigh is a rapidly growing city where you can enjoy the benefits of a bustling urban city, such as thriving arts and culture scene and entrepreneurial business incubators, and still retreat to your quiet neighborhood only ten minutes from the city center. There is always plenty to see and do without the stress of constant heavy traffic or the feeling of living in a concrete jungle.
4. Raleigh is foodie heaven
With over 120 dining establishments in just the downtown area, Raleigh has emerged as a foodie destination attracting connoisseurs from across the nation. Raleigh’s restaurant scene covers the entire spectrum of cuisine preferences, from mouth-watering eastern Carolina BBQ spots to top-notch, gourmet options from around the world. Raleigh Restaurant Week and Triangle Restaurant Week, when participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options for a fixed price, are two great opportunities to experience the area’s culinary selections!
5. Raleigh has world renowned universities
Raleigh is home to N.C. State, a major tier one research university and the largest public university in North Carolina with 34,000 students. At the other points of the Research Triangle are Duke University in Durham and The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, both of which are top-5 ranked universities. The proximity of three major universities not only has a huge impact on the city’s economy and public school systems, but also provides residents with exceptional benefits including a cutting-edge healthcare system, unique collaboration opportunities between universities and area businesses, countless sporting events and much more.
6. Raleigh is The City of Oaks
Raleigh lives up to its reputation as the “City of Oaks” thanks to the oak-lined streets in the Downtown area and an abundance of greenways and parks throughout the metro area that make Raleigh an especially beautiful city.
7. Raleigh has low cost of living
Compared with other large metro areas, the cost of living is much lower in Raleigh. Residents enjoy low taxes and the many amenities of a high-quality lifestyle without the high price tag that might be expected.
8. Raleigh has southern charm
Citizens of Raleigh pride themselves on their Southern hospitality and charm. Whether it is the garbage man or your next door neighbor, many who relocate here mention the friendly atmosphere and welcoming people as a large draw to the area.
9. Raleigh has many fun festivals and events for all
Last year Downtown Raleigh hosted over 180 outdoor festivals and events. From local beer to international bluegrass festivals, modern art events to historic attractions, Raleigh has many family friendly events for everyone to enjoy. Some of the largest of these include First Friday (every 1st Friday of the month), Artsplosure, Hopscotch, and IMBA World of Bluegrass.
10. Hop over to Chapel Hill or Durham, only 30 minutes from Raleigh
If ever Raleigh doesn’t have something you are interested in doing, Chapel Hill and Durham are quick and easy to reach. Each of these cities has their own distinct character and attractions. Downtown Durham’s revitalization has brought many new hotels, breweries and restaurants to the city Southern Living considers the “Tastiest Town of the South”. Durham is also home to the minor league baseball team the Durham Bulls, whose ballpark was just ranked in the Top 10 minor league ballparks. Chapel Hill has a beautiful small, southern town vibe with main attractions including the NC Botanical Garden, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and a wide variety of local boutiques and restaurants.