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Raleigh, NC

Rich in history, Raleigh, North Carolina, is the state's capital, as well as one of its fastest-growing cities, with a population increase of over 100,000 in the past decade. The city is home to more than 376,000 residents. Raleigh was originally settled in the late 1700s, and today it continues to attract new residents with its low cost of living and business-friendly environment. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Established as the state capital in 1792, Raleigh has long been a government and education center in the region, with more than six degree-granting colleges and universities within the city limits.

Other primary industries in Richmond include equipment and textile manufacturing, food processing and pharmaceuticals. Along with neighboring cities Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh helps make up the North Carolina Research Triangle, which is home to some of the country's leading research facilities in the biotech and high-tech industries.

Major employers are the State of North Carolina, General Parts, Inc., Investors Management Corporation, Carolina Power & Light Company, North Carolina Department of Transportation and Progress Energy, Inc.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Raleigh accommodates a little fewer than 120,700 houses with an occupancy ratio of 93 percent. Out of these, a little more than 58,000 houses are owner-occupied and 54,500 are renter-occupied.

If you like to walk, Raleigh is an excellent place to do it, as most of the restaurants, coffee shops, bars, movie theaters and parks are situated within a short distance from the center of the city.

Some of Raleigh's popular residential neighborhoods include:

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Local sports teams and athletic franchises include the United Soccer League's Carolina Railhawks, the AA minor league Carolina Mudcats, the AAA minor league Durham Bulls and the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, which won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate- and graduate-degree institutions in the greater Raleigh metropolitan area include North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Saint Augustine's College, Wake Technical Community College, Meredith College and Peace College. As a result, the city has an average full-time student population of more than 70,000. Other nearby colleges and universities within 40 miles of Raleigh include Duke University, Campbell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LOCAL MEDIA

Raleigh is served by a number of newspapers, notably the large daily The News & Observer, the weekly Independent Weekly, the monthly Carolina Journal, the African American weekly The Carolina Times and the African American twice-weekly The Carolinian. Raleigh is also home to Metro Magazine: From the Triangle to the Coast, serving the greater metropolitan area. As part of the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market, the city also receives more than 10 local broadcast television stations and more than 20 AM and FM broadcast radio stations.

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