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Overview

Introduction to Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina is the capital of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County. Due to the prevalence of oak trees in the area, the city is widely known as the "City of Oaks." Its population of 27,000 makes it the second largest city in North Carolina, after Charlotte. Raleigh is part of The Triangle, which also includes Durham, and Chapel Hill. The Triangle is named for the Research Triangle Park, created in 1959, that is located between Durham and Raleigh. Raleigh is also one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

Raleigh Culture

Raleigh is often referred to as the Smithsonian of the South because it has 20 free attractions. Its museums are of the highest caliber, from the interactive world museum, to the world’s largest natural history museum, to the most comprehensive European art collection in the South. The arts are a big part of life in Raleigh and The Triangle. There is a wide range of cultural activities, including The BTI Center for the Performing Arts and the North Carolina Symphony. There are also many smaller community-oriented events, such as summer outdoor theater, parks, and gardens. Raleigh is also home to the Carolina Ballet, the North Carolina Theatre, and the Broadway Series South.

Raleigh Sports and Leisure

In the realm of professional sports, Raleigh has a lot of hockey to offer. The National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes moved to the city in 1999 and play at the RBC Center. College sports are also prevalent here, such as NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University. St. Augustine College and Shaw University also provide great competition and viewing. Bike routes such as the NC-DOT Mountains to Sea and the US Maine to Florida routes go through Raleigh. Amateur sports like soccer, softball, flab football, basketball, and dodgeball leagues are offered throughout the city. Golf is also a popular activity in Raleigh, with quality public golf courses across the metropolitan area.

Raleigh Outdoors

Outdoor opportunities in Raleigh revolve around the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Coast, both of which are located relatively close to the city. These two geographic features provide an endless range of outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding at one of the area’s ski resorts. Warm, sunny beaches await visitors along the coast, with breezes coming up from the Gulf Stream. The city has award-winning parks, greenway systems, and open spaces across the metropolitan area. The Mountains of North Carolina provide many opportunities to hike to the tops of towering peaks, fish in pristine trout streams, or camp under a blanket of stars.

Raleigh at Night

Raleigh has excellent nightlife, being rated near the top of America’s Best Place for Singles, Cities that Rock, and Best Small Concert Venues. The area combines big city vibrancy with small-town charm. With five different entertainment districts, Raleigh offers a wide variety of small live music venues and large performing arts facilities. There’s fun and entertainment for everyone in the city of Raleigh. For example, the Greenshields Brewery and Pub is known for brewing its own beer. The Hiberian features hearty soups and plenty of wine and beer.

People

Total Population 432,520
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 222,922
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 40.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.2%
Median Earnings25+ $38,493
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,336
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,385

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,061
% Above Poverty Level 84%
% Below Poverty Level 16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $926
Median House Value $208,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.4%
Irish 8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Raleigh Almanac

Category Value
County Wake
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27601, 27603, 27604, 27605, 27606, 27607, 27608, 27609, 27610, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615, 27616, 27617
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27602, 27611, 27619, 27620, 27621, 27622, 27623, 27624, 27625, 27626, 27627, 27628, 27629, 27636, 27650, 27658, 27661, 27675, 27676
Company Zip Codes 27634, 27635, 27640, 27656, 27668, 27690, 27695, 27697, 27698, 27699
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.771
Longitude -78.638

Raleigh Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RALEIGH 4 SW
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 72 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station RALEIGH STATE UNIV
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Station RALEIGH DURHAM AP
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Raleigh, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Brentwood (27616, 27604)

Cameron Village (27605)

Crabtree Valley (27612)

Duraleigh (27612)

McCullers (27603)

Ncsu Student Housing (27607)

Neuse (27604)

North Hills (27609, 27614)

Wake Crossroads (27604)

Westgate (27623, 27675)

Wilders Grove (27604)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Apex 42,220 $106,886
Cary 151,186 $112,844
Clayton 17,869 $75,060
Garner 27,160 $68,185
Knightdale 13,243 $80,204
Morrisville 21,726 $105,306

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Raleigh Public Libraries

Library
Wake County Public Libraries
4020 CARYA DRIVE
Raleigh, North Carolina
(919) 250-1206
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Raleigh Hospitals

REX HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4420 LAKE BOONE TRAIL
(919) 784-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

DUKE HEALTH RALEIGH HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3400 WAKE FOREST RD
(919) 954-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

WAKEMED, RALEIGH CAMPUS
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3000 NEW BERN AVE
(919) 350-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Raleigh High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WILLIAM G ENLOE HIGH
128 CLARENDON CRES
919-856-7918
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,344 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

NEEDHAM BROUGHTON HIGH
723 SAINT MARYS ST
919-856-7810
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,171 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

SOUTHEAST RALEIGH HIGH
2600 ROCK QUARRY ROAD
919-856-2800
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,088 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

LEESVILLE ROAD HIGH
8409 LEESVILLE RD
919-870-4250
Serves 2,085 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

MILLBROOK HIGH
2201 SPRING FOREST RD
919-850-8787
Serves 2,040 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

WAKEFIELD HIGH
2200 WAKEFIELD PINES DRIVE
919-562-3600
Serves 1,818 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SANDERSON HIGH
5500 DIXON DRIVE
919-881-4800
Serves 1,770 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

ATHENS DRIVE HIGH
1420 ATHENS DRIVE
919-233-4050
Serves 1,769 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

RALEIGH CHARTER HIGH
1111 HAYNES STREET
919-715-1155
A Charter School.
Serves 475 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

PHILLIPS HIGH
1923 MILBURNIE RD
919-856-7710
A Non-traditional School
Serves 217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

LONGVIEW
318 N KING CHARLES RD
919-856-7691
A Non-traditional School
Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.2

GOV MOREHEAD SCHOOL
301 ASHE AVENUE
919-733-6381
A Special Education School
Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.4

BAKER CHARTER HIGH
330 S SALISBURY STREET
919-856-5929
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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