Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh: The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is a major center for business, government, and education. The city is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the top public universities in the country. Raleigh is also a popular tourist destination, known for its many parks and gardens, its vibrant arts and culture scene, and its mild climate.

About

Raleigh is a city located in the county of Wake in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its population at the 2010 census was 403,892 and a population density of 1,067 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 474,414 inhabitants.

The city was created 231 years ago in 1792.

Raleigh is the capital and second largest city in the state of North Carolina. As of July 29, 2023, Raleigh has an estimated population of 474,069 residents. Here are some key facts about Raleigh:

History

Raleigh was founded in 1792 and planned specifically to serve as North Carolina’s capital city. It is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who sponsored early English settlements.

Geography

Raleigh sits within the Piedmont region of central North Carolina. The city sprawls along oak trees, rolling hills, and creeks. The climate is mild and humid.

Economy

Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and several tech companies. Major industries include government, education, healthcare, and biotech research.

Culture & Entertainment

Popular sites include the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and historic Mordecai House. Performing arts venues draw big acts.

Population

The Raleigh metro area population exceeds 1.3 million. There are large young professional and millennial populations attracted by growing job prospects.

In summary, Raleigh is an emerging Southern hub for innovation, higher education, and culture with an attractive quality of life, affordable cost of living, and thriving job market.

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Location of Raleigh on North Carolina map.

Quick Facts about Raleigh

Population : 474,414 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : North Carolina (United States)
County : Wake County
Instagram username : raleighgov
Twitter username : RaleighGov
Postal code : 27601
Phone Area Codes : 984, 919
Area : 378.62 km2
Named for : Walter Raleigh
Altitude : 315 feet / 96 meters
Capital city : Raleigh is capital of North Carolina
Establishment : December 12, 1792 (231 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 21:12:21 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 1,253 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 14.87% (2010-2020)
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Geography

Raleigh is located at 35°46'20"N 78°38'19"W (35.7721000, -78.6386100).

Raleigh map

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Demographics

The population of Raleigh increased by 14.87% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 403,892 - census
2011 413,958 2.43% estimation process
2012 423,304 2.21% estimation process
2013 431,391 1.87% estimation process
2014 439,503 1.85% estimation process
2015 449,546 2.23% estimation process
2016 459,469 2.16% estimation process
2017 465,776 1.35% estimation process
2018 469,314 0.75% estimation process
2019 474,069 1% estimation process
2020 474,414 0.07% estimation process

Raleigh zip code is 27601. County name: Wake, County fips: 37183

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Best Things to Do in Raleigh

1 North Carolina Museum of Art

Rating: 4.8 (7515)

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North Carolina Museum of Art

2 Pullen Park

Rating: 4.7 (6331)

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Pullen Park

3 Frankie's of Raleigh

Rating: 4.4 (5620)

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Frankie's of Raleigh

4 Marbles Kids Museum

Rating: 4.8 (4849)

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Marbles Kids Museum

5 Lake Johnson Park

Rating: 4.7 (3474)

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Lake Johnson Park

Where ot Eat in Raleigh

1 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh

Rating: 4.7 (4331)

2116-D New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610, United States ➦ Show Map

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh

2 Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

Rating: 4.6 (2758)

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Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

3 Cook Out

Rating: 4.4 (2480)

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Cook Out

4 Tupelo Honey

Rating: 4.3 (2365)

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Tupelo Honey

5 Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Rating: 4.5 (2022)

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Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Where to Stay in Raleigh

1 Raleigh Marriott City Center

Rating: 4.4 (2625)

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Raleigh Marriott City Center

2 Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown

Rating: 4 (1461)

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Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown

3 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Brownstone - University

Rating: 4.1 (1169)

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh - Brownstone - University

4 Aloft Raleigh-Durham Airport Brier Creek

Rating: 4.3 (937)

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Aloft Raleigh-Durham Airport Brier Creek

5 Red Roof PLUS+ Raleigh NCSU - Convention Center

Rating: 3.7 (916)

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Red Roof PLUS+ Raleigh NCSU - Convention Center

Other Places in Raleigh

1 North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Rating: 4.2 (6)

2 W Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States ➦ Show Map

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North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

2 Avery C. Upchurch Municipal Complex

Rating: 4.5 (4)

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Avery C. Upchurch Municipal Complex

3 City of Raleigh, NE Remote Operations Facility

Rating: 4.5 (4)

7708 Burwell St, Raleigh, NC 27615 ➦ Show Map

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4 Raleigh City Council

Rating: 3.7 (3)

222 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601 ➦ Show Map

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5 Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden

Rating: 4.7 (3)

301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607, United States ➦ Show Map

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Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden

6 USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Building

Rating: 3 (2)

3127 Ligon St, Raleigh, NC 27606, United States ➦ Show Map

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7 City Of Raleigh Transportation Field Services

Rating: 3 (2)

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8 Raleigh, N.C., Visitor Information Center

Rating: 4 (2)

500 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States ➦ Show Map

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Raleigh, N.C., Visitor Information Center

9 USDA APHIS

Rating: 5 (1)

920 Main Campus Dr # 200, Raleigh, NC 27606, United States ➦ Show Map

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USDA APHIS

10 National Agriculture Services

2 W Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States ➦ Show Map

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National Agriculture Services

People born in Raleigh (197)

People born in Raleigh, including professional wrestler Dash Wilder, guitarist Brad Suggs, linguist Robert A. Hall, .

List

  • Michael C. Hall (American actor) he was born in 01/02/1971
  • Evan Rachel Wood (American actress and singer) she was born in 07/09/1987
  • Emily Procter (American actress) she was born in 08/10/1968
  • Gracie Glam (American movie actress) she was born in 30/09/1990
  • Andy Hunt (American computer programmer) he was born in 01/01/1964
  • Liz Vassey (American actress) she was born in 09/08/1972
  • Daniel McFadden (economist) he was born in 29/07/1937
  • John Wall (American professional basketball player) he was born in 06/09/1990
  • Clay Aiken (singer-songwriter, actor, record producer) he was born in 30/11/1978
  • Doug Aldrich (American musician) he was born in 19/02/1964
  • Armistead Maupin (American writer) he was born in 13/05/1944
  • Anne Henning (speed skater) she was born in 06/09/1955
  • Aubrey Dollar (American actress) she was born in 23/09/1980
  • Robert Duncan McNeill (American actor and director) he was born in 09/11/1964
  • Randy Jones (American disco and pop singer) he was born in 13/09/1952
  • Louis Bacon (American hedge fund manager) he was born in 25/07/1956
  • William Willard Ashe (U.S. forester and botanist (1872-1932)) he was born in 04/06/1872
  • Chris Wilcox (American basketball player) he was born in 03/09/1982

Schools in Raleigh

College & universities near Raleigh, NC

Code Name City ZIP
199643 Shaw University Raleigh (NC) 27601
199272 William Peace University Raleigh (NC) 27604-1194
199582 Saint Augustine's University Raleigh (NC) 27610-2298
199193 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh (NC) 27695-7001
198950 Meredith College Raleigh (NC) 27607-5298

Stations (15)

Amtrak & bus stations near Raleigh, NC

Code Name Address Type
RGH Raleigh Union Station 320 West Cabarrus Street RAIL
NSF North Carolina State Fair station 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd. RAIL
CYN Cary 211 North Academy Street RAIL
DNC Durham 400 W. Chapel Hill Street RAIL
SSM Selma–Smithfield 500 East Railroad Street RAIL

Post offices near Raleigh

Post Office Name City ZIP
Capitol Post Office Raleigh (NC) 27601
Century Post Office Raleigh (NC) 27601
Cameron Villag Post Office Raleigh (NC) 27605
Five Poin Post Office Raleigh (NC) 27628
North Hill Post Office Raleigh (NC) 27609

Other places with the same name (4)

Other cities in Wake County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Wake County , NC.

City Name Population Title
West Raleigh 338,759 A census-designated place located in Wake County, North Carolina.
Cary 173,587 Town in North Carolina, United States
Apex 64,388 The most populous city in Wake County, North Carolina.
Wake Forest 47,314 Town located in the U.
Garner 32,180 Town in North Carolina, United States
Fuquay-Varina 32,145 City in North Carolina
Holly Springs 31,377 City in and county seat of Marshall County, Mississippi, United States
Morrisville 30,495 Town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States
Knightdale 18,122 City in Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America
Wendell 9,387 Town in North Carolina, United States
Rolesville 8,882 City in Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America
Zebulon 6,514 City in Pike County, Georgia, United States
Green Level 2,158 City in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Raleigh distances to largest North Carolina cities