The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh offers the perfect combination of modern and historic culture. From downtown shopping and eating, to museums, art galleries and performances you really can do it all in Raleigh.
Be sure to check out one of the dozens of museums in Raleigh, and take a stroll through Historic Oakwood neighborhood. Because the city was founded in 1792, there is no shortage of history to be found downtown.
Raleigh’s entertainment scene combines the best of a big city in terms of energy with the easy access of a small town concert venue. Whether you want to see a Monster Truck show with your kids, a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game, Cirque du Soleil or a big name artist such as Keith Urban, the RBC center offers plenty to choose from. Smaller venues are scattered all over the city for those who prefer a more intimate concert experience.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Raleigh’s parks, lakes, and trails offer plenty to do. Rent a boat and take to the water for an afternoon, or lace up your hiking boots and enjoy a scenic hike. You can even play some disc golf or check out a family fun center for go karting and more. Whether you’re looking to play or watch sports, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for in Raleigh. And if sports aren’t your thing, this city offers such diversity that it would be hard to not find something to enjoy.
Wake County Schools
Raleigh is served by the largest public school system in the state, the Wake County Public School System. With 163 schools in the district, WCPSS serves more than 137,000 students. Some of the districts schools operate on a traditional calendar, while others are year-round giving families freedom to choose the style best for their children. In 2008 the district graduated 7,684 students. Ninety percent of those students planned to continue on to higher education. The student-to-teacher ratio for the district is 25.5:1 or better for all grade levels, ensuring students receive the best education possible.
The district serves a diverse student body. In 2009, roughly 51.8 percent of the student body is white, 26.1 percent is African-American, and 11.5 percent is Hispanic, 5.8 percent Asian, 4.6 percent multiracial and .3 percent American Indian. Raleigh also features a number of private schools and academies. The largest three schools are North Raleigh Christian Academy, Ravenscroft School and Cardinal Gibbons High School.
Raleigh makes up one of the three points in the Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. With its numerous Colleges and Universities, education employs a large number of residents. The Research Triangle Park also provides jobs to thousands of Raleigh workers. . RTP employs 38,500 people and the average employee earns $56,000. In 2010, the state was ranked in first place for business climate according to Site Selection Magazine. Despite the recent economic downturn, Raleigh maintains its commitment to higher education, public transportation and other public projects making it a great place to do business.
Since 2000 Wake County has grown by 43.5 percent and is the second largest county in North Carolina by population. In 2008 the median household income, in Raleigh, was $53,825, the median family income was $71,563 and the per capita income was $30,849. Raleigh is served by the News & Observer newspaper in addition to major national publications. Business news for the triangle area can be found in The Triangle Business Journal.