Strolling the streets of downtown Raleigh, the “City of Oaks,” is like walking through a fine art painting. Beautiful overarching oak trees create a stunning, picturesque setting. Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, it has been named best place to live in North Carolina, and best big city in the Southeast. Residents love Raleigh’s family-friendly atmosphere, quality of life, low cost of living, and endless things to do – all served up with gracious Southern charm.
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Raleigh is part of an area known as the Research Triangle www.rtp.org due to a high concentration of technology and scholarly institutions. Raleigh has North Carolina State University, Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina, and Durham’s got Duke University and North Carolina Central University. This triangle has become one of the country’s most successful research parks, contributing significantly to advancements in high-tech, biotech research and textile development. An added benefit, Raleigh usually tops the list of best places to live for broadband access and Wi-Fi hotspots, making it a highly connected city.
Job opportunities and career advancement are huge benefits Raleigh offers due to a highly educated population, low unemployment, strong job growth, and a low cost of doing business. Raleigh is well served by an industrial base that spans financial services, medical, apparel electrical, electronic and telecommunications equipment, food processing, paper products and pharmaceuticals.
Ranked a most walkable large city, Raleigh is also one of the Best Retirement Cities thanks to its low cost of living, mild winters and walkability. There are tons of places to enjoy the outdoors. The Neuse River Trail www.raleighnc.gov is a 33-mile long scenic path; the 66-acre Pullen Park offers rides, paddle boats and places to picnic and relax; Umstead State Park has lakes, bike trails and camping; and Johnson Park has 150 acres of water opportunities to swim, paddle and fish. There’s a BMX championship-caliber race track; and J.C. Raulston Arboretum, a 10-acre arboretum and botanical garden offering year-round exhibits and permanent gardens.
For a night out, Raleigh has art museums, symphony, ballet, and many other options. Take in a show at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre www.amphitheatreraleigh.com or Red Hat Amphitheater www.redhatamphitheater.com, both feature top performing artists, providing easy listening under the beautiful Carolina night sky.
Hungry? Barbecue is top of the food chain. The Carolina Hot Dog is a favored specialty, along with Sweet Tea. Raleigh has a burgeoning craft beer scene, with reputable breweries like Trophy, Big Boss, Lone Rider, and Crank Arm. Boylan Bridge Brewpub www.boylanbridge.com offers some of the best brews in town combined with one of the best views in town.
For sports, Raleigh has National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, and North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack, which competes nationally in 24 intercollegiate varsity sports as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They say, if the Wolfpack lose a game, you can hear the Wolfpack howl across the city.
Raleigh’s location in the center of North Carolina puts residents a short drive to beautiful beaches in Wilmington, and a few hours drive to skiing and snowboarding at Sugar Mountain. All very doable in just one day.
An excellent place to raise a family, Raleigh has great schools and a strong emphasis on family values. This, combined with Raleigh’s great career advancement opportunities, creates a place where families flourish. Choose Raleigh and enjoy a life you only dreamed of – full of everything you want and need. And at day’s end, kick back on your front porch and sip a satisfyingly cool sweet tea, southern style.