Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the friendliest and fastest growing areas in the country, and there are plenty of reasons why. This ever-growing capital city is a hotbed for more than just population growth and Southern charm.

Raleigh is just a few short miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and by 2008 had 123 city parks, 8 public swimming pools and more than 9,000 acres of park and greenways, three large hospitals (Rex, Wake Medical Center and Duke Health Raleigh Hospital), nine public libraries, 120 hotels, 250+ places of worship and 150 financial institution locations! With six universities, including North Carolina State University (enrollment 33,000+), it’s no wonder 43.9% of the cities’ population held a bachelor’s degree or higher and 89.3% of the population held a high school diploma or higher, according to the 2000 census.


In the past few years, Raleigh has undergone a downtown revitalization project that continues today with new businesses, road improvements, new home communities, parks and so much more! This revitalization drew over 10.34 million visitors in 2008 and is a major draw to newcomers to want to make it their home. In fact, Raleigh has grown by more than 100,000 people from 1999-2009 (from 280,132 to 388,926) and increased from 114.901 square miles in 1999 to 142.902 square miles in 2009.


In 1792, Raleigh was created to be North Carolina’s capital. Raleigh was is home

to the Native American Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian tribes, and North

Carolina is one of the original 13 colonies. Our fine state was the first to officially call for independence with the Halifax Resolves in 1776.


Raleigh’s rich history and drive for improvement are a point of pride for the North Carolina-born residents and the transplants, alike. Find out for yourself why so many wonderful people call Raleigh their home.




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Population and Demographics

For current population information, please see the Raleigh Dvelopment Report.  Data below is from the 2000 US Census Bureau Profile:

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Median Age:
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Raleigh weather facts

  • July is the average warmest month.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 105 degrees in 1952.
  • The average coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -6 degrees in 1985.
  • The most precipitation on average occurs in January.

Tax Rates

Town - $.3735
Wake County - $.534/$100
Total - $.9075

Wake County - 2% 
State - 4%
NC Prepared Food - 1% 

Median Age Median Household Income Population
30.9 $46,612 276,093

 * Based on 2000 US Census.

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