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Getting to Know Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, the "City of Oaks," is part of the Research Triangle (along with Durham and Chapel Hill). The area's economy is strong, resulting in high per capita income and low unemployment. The Triangle area is a leader in the production of electrical machinery, electronic equipment, processed foods, pharmaceuticals and metal products. It's also well-regarded for the universities in the area, including North Carolina State University, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. Locals will tell you Raleigh is pronounced "Rah-Lee," and if you're relocating, you'll find that southern pronunciation is an art. However you say it, Raleigh is a lovely place to call home. It has a vibrant student community, positive job growth and plenty of culture and entertainment.

The Best Neighborhoods in Raleigh

In addition to new apartment complexes, with state-of-the-art amenities, Raleigh is experiencing a revitalization of some of its older properties. It's easier to now find resort-style pools and community fitness centers.

  • North Raleigh: Comprising a huge section of the city, North Raleigh is full of cute residential enclaves within the larger area. There are plenty of places to eat, shop and play, like Research Triangle Center, which make this neighborhood a fun place to settle down.
  • Downtown Raleigh: The downtown area is a cultural hotspot. It's not only the most walkable neighborhood, but also has the best transit system. This is where history meets culture meets good ole' Southern dining along East Martin Street.
  • North Hills: Located at the south end of Raleigh, check out North Hills if you want an up-and-coming area. This is where developers are introducing new shops, restaurants, offices and homes.
  • Brier Creek Country Club: Live within a stone's throw of Research Triangle Park in the Brier Creek area. Here you'll find a mix of single-family homes and condominiums next door to offices and shops.
  • Northwest Raleigh: Placing both residential clusters and shopping centers into a park-like setting, Northwest Raleigh is a beautiful place to call home. Enjoy mature oaks and tons of greenery while running errands in this affordable part of town.
  • West Raleigh: To find all the students in Raleigh, this neighborhood should be your first stop. Home to North Carolina State University, there are plenty of eclectic restaurants and sports bars in this lively neighborhood.
  • Tryon Place: With outdoor entertainment available year-round, Tryon Place is a neighborhood meant for those who love nature. It's also not too far from today's modern conveniences, shops and restaurants.
  • Cameron Village: Shopping is the claim to fame in Cameron Village. Here you'll find a mix of national brands and local retail shops selling everything from home goods to fashion. There's also plenty of choices when it comes to dining, thanks to the local mall.
  • Southwest Raleigh: Bordering North Carolina State University, Southwest Raleigh is a popular neighborhood for students. Even with its ideal location, the neighborhood has a quiet vibe. When you want to distance yourself from the college crowd, there are plenty of lakes and greenspaces to enjoy.
  • Crabtree: In Crabtree, it's all about the mall. The neighborhood even takes its name from the 200+ stores and restaurants you'll find there. With a reputation extending back to 1972, this is a mall that residents won't stop talking about. It almost overshadows the other amenities in the area like access to the East Coast Greenway.

Fun Things to Do in Raleigh

A bustling town, there's no shortage of things to do when it comes to living in Raleigh. Activities appeal to every interest. From history-buffs to those looking for something family-friendly, you're covered.

Raleigh Attractions

For a great place to learn about area history, visit the North Carolina Museum of History. It's home to artifacts, photographs and exhibits from Colonial times to present day. Taking up 157 acres, Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve lets you get up close to nature and learn a little more about the local wildlife. You can also visit the only African American museum in the state, that was once someone's home. Check out the Pope House Museum for a closer look at the life of Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, one of Raleigh's most prominent African-American citizens.

Free Things to do in Raleigh

You'll find plenty of free things to do in the City of Oaks.  There's picturesque Pullen Park, anchored by a 1920s carousel for a nice walk. The North Carolina Museum of Art is home to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park filled with walkways dotted with works of art. For a walk among the flowers, swing through the Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden, home to more than 60 varieties of roses.

Adventures in Raleigh

From adrenaline-boosting activities to educational tours, there's a lot of excitement to be had in Raleigh. Take a hot air balloon ride, go ziplining in the treetops and more. Cheer on the Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium as NC State battles against some of the best football teams in the ACC. You can also visit PNC Arena, the home of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. This venue hosts entertaining events year-round including rodeos, NCAA tournament basketball, Disney on Ice and, of course, Hurricane hockey.

For Families with Kids

Maintaining its small-town charm, but with big-city opportunities, Raleigh is full of fun things to do with kids. Start with the Marbles Kids Museum in downtown, where learning is hands-on. When it's time for a more formal education, parents have more than 170 public schools to consider within the Raleigh school district. It's the largest public-school district in North Carolina.

Getaways from Raleigh

Living in Raleigh, you're less than four hours from Virginia Beach. The Outer Banks, on North Carolina's coast, is also nearby, accessible via U.S. 64 East. The closest beach to Raleigh, Wrightsville Beach, is just two hours away.

Find Your Apartment in Raleigh

Finding a new place to live can be a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment or simply want an affordable place to live, we'll help you find your perfect match. Regardless of your desires, there's an apartment in Raleigh for you.



Frequently Asked Questions About Raleigh

What is the average rent in Raleigh?

The average rent of a studio apartment in Raleigh is $1,445 per month. For a one-bedroom apartment it's $1,355 per month. For a two-bedroom apartment the average rent is $1,576 per month.

What is the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom in Raleigh?

The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Raleigh is $1,355

Are there any cheap apartments for rent in Raleigh?

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