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Raleigh, NC: One of America's Best Places to Live

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the second largest city in the state after Charlotte. Raleigh makes up one of the key cities in the “Triangle” region, marking one the eastern-most anchor of the Research Triangle Park. The “RTP” is collection of high-tech, research and bio-engineering employers bordered by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. 

Businessweek.com's #1 "America's Best Place to Live," and WallSt.com's #5 "Top 10 Best Cities for Educated Workers" are just a couple of the awards that Raleigh has received. It truly is one of the "Best Cities in America for Health and Happiness" asEcoSalon has mentioned. 

Raleigh has been through a lot of changes since becoming North Carolina's capital in 1792, when the city's location was chosen because of its proximity to Isaac Hunter's Tavern - a popular location frequented by state legislators. 

Location, Education, Employment & Entertainment

One of the fastest growing cities in the country, Raleigh covers about 140 square miles of North Carolina's Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain. It is celebrated for its proximity to both the beach and the mountains - each only 2 to 3 hours away. Surrounding towns such as Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner and Fuquay-Varina are also part of what is commonly referred to as the "Triangle." 

Home to many universities, Raleigh enjoys a steady flow of graduates and as a result of being a hotbed for academia, many stellar companies call Raleigh home. Red Hat, INC Research, and Epic games are just a couple of the excellent employers in the city. Proximity to the "Research Triangle Park," or RTP, means access to other employers such as IBM, Lenovo, Quintiles, Cisco and GlaxoSmithKline. 

Raleigh offers its citizens museums, sporting events, recreational facilities, and shopping. It has an exceptional mixture of leisure and business. Raleigh will surprise you with an amazing array of activities, festivals, and events. 

Raleigh Statistics:

Raleigh is in the top 50 cities in the United States in population. The 2008 US Census Bureau estimates the population at nearly 400,000. The Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan area was named the fastest growing Metropolitan area in the United States from 2007-2008. The city was founded in 1792 and named for Sir Walter Raleigh, the English explorer and aristocrat. 

Raleigh Weather:

The National Climatic Data Center registers Raleigh’s average temperature in January as 51ºF / 32ºF and in August 89ºF / 69ºF

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