The Heart of North Carolina
Besides being the legislative heart of North Carolina, Raleigh is a thriving center for culture, leisure, and entertainment. Raleigh is home to a variety of museums and performing arts centers with offerings that include opera, ballet, touring musicals, and local theater productions.
The city is made up of a diverse network of neighborhoods and entertainment districts—each with its own culture and flair. You can shop and affordably dine in the open-air spaces of Cameron Village. The Capitol grounds offer stately buildings and historic architecture. Moore Square and Fayetteville Street are always bustling with festivals and outdoor concerts. Dine, dance, see, and be seen in the Glenwood South and Hillsborough Street areas where students, executives, visitors, and locals converge. The area's year-round calendar of events provides unique entertainment opportunities for all interests and ages.
Spectator sports, both college and professional, are always available. Area teams include the Carolina Hurricanes National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Durham Bulls and Carolina Mudcats (MILB) baseball teams, and the Carolina Railhawks (NASL) professional soccer team. Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams in the area include the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, Duke University Blue Devils, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels.
Raleigh is a great place to live, learn and launch a career.
But don't take our word for it. Check out these national surveys and studies that ranked Raleigh as one of the best areas for work and quality of life.
#1 Fastest Growing Metro The Atlantic Cities, April 2014
#1 Best City for Raising a Family Forbes, April 2014
#2 Fastest Growing City Forbes, February 2014
#3 Fastest Growing City CNN Money, March 2014
#3 U.S. City for Business Prosperity Business Review USA, January 2014
#5 Emerging Tech Hub in the World TransferWise,
#5 Top Cities for African American Professionals Urban Views Weekly, February 2014