It's never been a better time to consider moving to Raleigh. The second-largest city in North Carolina is now also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. And it's not hard to see why.
With parks, museums, performing arts and a rich history all within driving distance, there's always something to do in the City of Oaks.
Time Magazine ranked Raleigh the third-most educated city in the country, based on the number of people living there with college degrees. Raleigh is home to some of the most prestigious schools in the Southeast. Beyond the UNC-Duke rivalry (more on that in a minute), North Carolina A&T State University is widely seen as one of the finest public schools in the U.S.
Here are three things you need to know about moving to Raleigh.
Any conversation about Raleigh isn't complete without also talking about Chapel Hill and Durham. The three cities make up the region known as the Research Triangle Park. The RTP is the Southeast's epicenter of technological research and innovation.
Originally founded in 1959, its initial funding came from state and local governments, as well as universities. It now covers more than 7,000 acres of land and includes more than 130 different research and development facilities, employing nearly 40,000
Intel, Microsoft and Fidelity Investments also have large-scale operations in the RTP, which makes moving to Raleigh an attractive option for young people who want to start their careers in a fun city with lots to offer. And each company enjoys strong working relationships with some of the city's best colleges and universities.
Some of Raleigh's private institutions are among the most recognized in the country. William Peace University was established in 1857 and was one of the oldest women's schools in the country. Peace has a student body of just more than 700 students and only in the last 10 years began accepting male students.
The NHL's Carolina Hurricanes have called the city home since 1997. They're the only professional team from North Carolina to have won a national championship, bringing home the Stanley Cup in 2006.
But no conversation about Raleigh is complete without talking about the city's massive college sports following. Between the Blue Devils, the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack, a sports fan won't be bored for long in a city like Raleigh.
The fan experience in Raleigh is like few others anywhere else in the country, with the pregame celebrations and tailgate parties echoing the excitement and energy inside the stadiums.
But if you prefer a low-key sports experience, you're in luck, through minor league baseball teams like the Durham Bulls and the Carolina Mudcats and the North American Soccer League's Carolina RailHawks Football Club. You may be missing the thrill of a major league game, but tickets are inexpensive — and so is the beer. Plus local bars and restaurants often serve food at these games, so not only are you supporting the local team, but you're also supporting local businesses.
If it's culture and knowledge you're after, you've come to the right place. Raleigh is home to 15 premier museums, including the North Carolina Museum of Art. The museum features paintings and artifacts going back 5,000 years and spanning the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Major acquisitions in recent years have dramatically improved the museum's stock of contemporary art, as well.
The Walnut Creek Amphitheatre is a beloved venue that has seen any number of major bands through its gates. Its 20,000-seat capacity makes finding a ticket easy, and you're sure to find a favorite group playing there. And its outdoor lawn seating is perfect for an evening out with friends.
The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is an arts and entertainment complex and home to a number of small venues, including the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and the Fletcher Opera House. The venues host performances throughout the year. There are even free outdoor shows during the warmer months. With a ballet and symphony to call its own, Raleigh has become a hub of fine cultural offerings.
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