Welcome to Raleigh!
Raleigh, North Carolina is the state capital and is known for it's superior universities including North Carolina State University. It is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city and was named for Sir Walter Raleigh.
Raleigh recently was awarded the #7 best places to live in the US by US News & World Report. It is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. As home to North Carolina State University, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and Research Triangle Park, along with Durham and Chapel Hill (the "Triangle"), Raleigh attracts some of the most educated people from all over the world. The employment opportunities created by the formation of the Research Triangle Park has made it one of the fastest growing communities in the United States.
The cost of living in the "Triangle" is slightly lower than the national average, although prices have climbed significantly over the past few years. Housing costs are expected to continue to rise as more people flock to the area. However, relatively low property taxes make home ownership easier than in other major cities. Compared to other technology and research hubs like San Francisco, the North Carolina Research Triangle is still relatively affordable.
Raleigh is home to numerous cultural, educational, and historic sites. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Raleigh features three theater venues and serves as the home for the North Carolina Symphony and the Carolina Ballet. Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek is a large music amphitheater located in southeast Raleigh. Museums in Raleigh include the North Carolina Museum of Art in West Raleigh, as well as the North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences located next to each other near the State Capitol in Downtown Raleigh.