Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh Quick Facts

Population: 1.3 Million +
Land Area: 146 square miles
Founded in 1972 as North Carolina’s capital city.
Annual Average Temp.(°F): 71 (high), 50 (low)


City of Oaks

It’s more than a blossoming Southern metropolis—you’ll feel enriched and energized the instant you’re warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. RALEIGH’S BRIGHT MINDS head top-tier technology, education and life science institutions; its artists create a bevy of cultural and culinary touchstones; and its storytellers proudly carry on the collective heritage of a rich, historic capital city.

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The state’s capital and one of the best cities in America, the city of Raleigh is a top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, and nationally recognized as a city on the rise

  • No. 2 easiest city to find a job (Forbes, 2015)
  • No. 2 hot spot for tech jobs (Forbes, 2016)
  • No. 3 best city for young professionals (Forbes, 2016)
  • No. 4 best place to live (U.S. News & World Report, 2016)
  • Best big city in the Southeast (Time, 2016)
  • Selected as a Google Fiber expansion city

With nearby Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hothouse for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

Raleigh is also home to nationally acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and a wealth of celebrated arts, culture and sports, from the North Carolina Museum of Art to the Hopscotch Music Festival and the Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey team.