Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is known as the City of Oaks for its numerous and beautiful oak trees. The City of Raleigh estimates its population to be 347,729 as of January 1, 2006, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. When combined with Durham and Chapel Hill, the three cities also known as "The Triangle," boast a population of over 1.5 million.
With its per capita income at $34,498, Raleigh and the Triangle can accurately state that they are over the median income for the nation. In 2006, Forbes magazine rated Raleigh, North Carolina as the 2nd best places for business and careers.
"The Triangle" rated well thanks to low business costs, a highly educated workforce and strong migration trends. The top Raleigh area industries include:
- High Technology Research and Development
Major employers in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle include:
|State of North Carolina||23,230 employees|
|Duke University and Medical Center||17,421 employees|
|University of North Carolina||15,588 employees|
|UNC Healthcare||4,753 employees|
The Triangle can easily claim a beautiful location, job diversity, and incomes that set the standards for the nation. It is easy to see why Raleigh, North Carolina and her adjoining sisters, Durham and Chapel Hill have a population growth at over 10% a year and are rated as some of the best places to live and work in the United States.
For more information on colleges and universities in North Carolina, explore our North Carolina state page.