About The Area

Raleigh Area Facts

About Raleigh
Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees. It is the second most populous city in North Carolina after Charlotte.  Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three historically primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of "The Triangle" originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located between the cities of Raleigh and Durham.
Most of Raleigh is located within Wake County, with a very small portion extending into Durham County. The towns of Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, and Wendell are some of Raleigh's primary nearby suburbs and satellite towns.

Raleigh History
Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh who, in the 1580's, wanted to establish the first English Colony on the shores of the new world, but was unsuccessful.  One of its nicknames is "The City of Oaks"

Raleigh Population
The estimated population on July 1, 2008 was 380,173. Since 2006, Raleigh's municipal population has surpassed those of Minneapolis, Tampa, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, and it is the 15th fastest growing city in the United States. Its population has grown by more than 100,000 since 2000, an increase of nearly 40%.

Raleigh-Durham Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is located nine miles (14.5 km) northwest of the town of Morrisville in suburban Wake County, North Carolina, midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. The airport covers 4,929 acres (1,995 ha) and operates three runways, providing direct service to 36 domestic and international destinations on 406 daily flights.  In 2007, more than 10 million passengers traveled through the airport.

Distance To Major Cities (In Miles) From Raleigh
Asheville         --- 241
Atlanta             --- 424
Charlotte          --- 143
Chicago            --- 784
Nashville          --- 515
New York         --- 489
Orlando             --- 588
Washington, D.C.--- 251
Wilmington, N.C --- 123

Raleigh Weather Facts
Raleigh enjoys a temperate subtropical climate, with generally moderate temperatures during spring and autumn. Summers are typically warm to hot. Winters are cool to cold and wet with highs generally in the range of upper 40s to low 50s°F (8 to 11 °C) with lows in the mid 20s to low 30s°F (-4 to 0°C), although an occasional 60°F (15°C) or warmer winter day is not uncommon. Summer daytime highs often reach mid to upper 80s to low 90s°F (29 to 35°C) with cooler nights between 65°F to 70°F. The region's rainiest months are January and March with the driest months being April and November.

Raleigh Geography
Raleigh is located in the gently rolling pine woods of the central Piedmont section of North Carolina, midway between the Great Smoky Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, each about a three-hour drive.
Area: 117.3 square miles (2000)
Elevation: 434 feet above sea level

Raleigh is divided into seven major geographic areas, each of which use a Raleigh address and a ZIP code that begins with the digits 276. 

Downtown/Old Raleigh ("Inside the Beltline")
is home to historic neighborhoods and buildings such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel built in the early 20th century, the restored City Market, the Fayetteville Street downtown business district, as well as the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State Capitol, Peace College, the Raleigh City Museum, Raleigh Convention Center, Shaw University, and Saint Augustine's College. The neighborhoods in Old Raleigh include Cameron Park, Boylan Heights, Country Club Hills, Coley Forest, Five Points, Glenwood-Brooklyn, Hayes Barton, Moore Square, Mordecai, Belvedere Park, Woodcrest, and Historic Oakwood.

East Raleigh is situated roughly from Capital Boulevard near the I-440 belt-line to New Hope Road. Most of East Raleigh's development is along primary corridors such as U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard), New Bern Avenue, Poole Road, Buffaloe Road, and New Hope Road. Neighborhoods in East Raleigh include New Hope, and Wilder's Grove. The area is bordered to the east by the town of Knightdale.

West Raleigh lies along Hillsborough Street and Western Boulevard. The area is bordered to the west by suburban Cary. It is home to North Carolina State University, Meredith College, Pullen Park, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Cameron Village, Lake Johnson, the North Carolina Museum of Art and historic Saint Mary's School. Primary thoroughfares serving West Raleigh, in addition to Hillsborough Street, are Avent Ferry Road, Blue Ridge Road, and Western Boulevard.

North Raleigh is an expansive, diverse, and fast-growing suburban area of the city that is home to established neighborhoods to the south along with many newly built subdivisions and along its northern fringes. The area generally falls North of Millbrook Road. It is primarily suburban with large shopping areas. Primary neighborhoods and subdivisions in North Raleigh include Bedford, Bent Tree, Brentwood, Brookhaven, Crossgate, Falls River, North Ridge, Stonebridge, Stone Creek, Stonehenge, Wakefield, Windsor Forest, and Wood Valley. The area is served by a number of primary transportation corridors including Glenwood Avenue (U.S. Route 70), Wake Forest Road, Millbrook Road, Lynn Road, Six Forks Road, Spring Forest Road, Creedmoor Road, Leesville Road, and Strickland Road, as well as the Interstate-540 Expressway.

Midtown Raleigh, which used to be considered a part of North Raleigh, is a residential and commercial area just North of the I-440 Beltline. It is roughly framed by Glenwood/Creedmoor Road to the West, Wake Forest Road to the East, and Millbrook Road to the North. It includes shopping centers such as North Hills and Crabtree Valley Mall. It also includes the upcoming high-rise Soleil Center, as well as North Hills Park and part of the Raleigh Greenway System.

South Raleigh is located along U.S. 401 South toward Fuquay-Varina and along US 70 into suburban Garner.  The area is bordered to the west by Cary, to the east by Garner, and to the southwest by Holly Springs. Neighborhoods in South Raleigh include Lake Wheeler, Swift Creek, Riverbrooke, and Enchanted Oaks.

Southeast Raleigh is bounded by downtown on the west, Garner on the southwest, and rural Wake County to the southeast. The area includes areas along Rock Quarry Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and New Bern Avenue. Primary neighborhoods include Chavis Heights, Raleigh Country Club, Southgate, and Biltmore Hills. Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion (formerly Alltel Pavilion and Walnut Creek Amphitheatre) is one of the region's major outdoor concert venues and is located on Rock Quarry Road.

North Carolina General Information
    •    State abbreviation/Postal code: N.C./NC
    •    U.S. Representatives: 13
    •    Entered Union (rank): Nov. 21, 1789 (12)
    •    Present constitution adopted: 1971
    •    Motto: Esse quam videri (To be rather than to seem)
    •    State symbols:
    ⁃    Flower:    Dogwood (1941)
    ⁃    Tree:        Pine (1963)
    ⁃    Bird:        Cardinal (1943)
    ⁃    Mammal: Gray Squirrel (1969)
    ⁃    Insect:      Honeybee (1973)
    ⁃    Reptile:    Eastern Box Turtle (1979)
    ⁃    Gemstone: Emerald (1973)
    ⁃    Shell:        Scotch Bonnet (1965)
    ⁃    Historic boat:Shad Boat (1987)
    ⁃    Beverage:    Milk (1987)
    ⁃    Rock:        Granite (1979)
    ⁃    Dog:        Plott Hound (1989)
    ⁃    Song:        “The Old North State” (1927)
    ⁃    Colors:    Red and Blue (1945)
    ⁃    Fruit:        Scuppernong Grape (2001)
    ⁃    Nickname: Tar Heel State


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