Raleigh is the capital city of the state of North Carolina, as well as the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. Population is over 500 million as of 2014. Raleigh is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh who established the lost Roanoke town in Dare County.
Raleigh has had steady and consistent economic growth. Our area was not as deeply affected by the past recession largely due to the diverse employment in the area. Besides being the state capital with all the government employees, Raleigh is home to the Research Triangle Park (RTP) which is a 7,000-acre development, is home to more than 170 companies, including everything from Fortune 100 multinational R&D operations to freshly hatched university spin-outs. RTP employs over 50,000 workers and 10,000 contractors. This includes the second largest IBM operation in the world, smaller only than the one in India; the company has around 14,000 employees in RTP.
There are 10 traditional universities and colleges.
The Raleigh area has some of the best and renowned hospitals in the US.
Downtown Raleigh NC offers an affordable way to enjoy history, culture and the good old outdoors. Spend the day hopping between state museums of art, history and natural sciences. Visitors are free to wander around the grounds of the State Capitol, where they can also observe the legislative process. Stroll past the graves of Civil War generals at a historic cemetery or meander along cobblestone streets of City Market. Shop for the greenest broccoli, reddest apples and tastiest homemade treats around at the State Farmers Market. With over 150 parks, lakes and green ways in Raleigh alone, there is ample opportunity to enjoy golf, biking, swimming, boating and other outdoor adventures.