Raleigh, North Carolina, City and Education Information

Information about Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina, nicknamed the City of Oaks, is part of the state's famed Research Triangle Park (RTP), an area that's home to many well-regarded research centers focusing on medicine and technology. The Triangle's anchor cities are Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh, with the latter's estimated 439,896 residents (based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau figures) making it the most populous of the three and the state's second-largest city.

Raleigh features a dynamic cultural scene, with the downtown area hosting such museums as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Marbles Kids Museum, the North Carolina Museum of History and the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Raleigh is also home to the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes.

Higher Education

North Carolina State University in Raleigh is the largest postsecondary school in the state, with almost 34,000 students enrolled as of Fall 2014. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked N.C. State at #37 among the nation's top public schools and in 50th place in the category of best value schools. Also, Raleigh's Meredith College was ranked the fifth best regional college in the South.

Other not-for-profit 4-year schools in Raleigh include William Peace University, Shaw University and St. Augustine's University. Additionally, Raleigh's Wake Technical Community College offers certificate and associate's degree programs to more than 20,000 students annually.

Raleigh's Economy

In 2014, Forbes named Raleigh the second fastest-growing city in the country, based on its proximity to RTP and several well-known research universities, including Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. RTP's more than 170 firms employ approximately 39,000 full-time workers and an estimated 10,000 contract employees. Major employers include IBM, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline and the SAS Institute. Other major employers in Raleigh are found in the financial sector, including Wells Fargo and Fidelity Investments.

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