The secret is out about one of the best places to live in the United States. Raleigh was recently named the second best place to live in the US according to the latest U.S. News & World Report. Raleigh also ranked as the No 1 place to live in North Carolina. It’s no surprise that more people are relocating to this southern metropolis capital of North Carolina which is also the second-largest city in the state. If you are considering relocating to Raleigh, you can take comfort in knowing there are several reasons to make the move. This captivating city continues to lure new residents daily with strong job growth, a dynamic business climate, affordable housing, great schools, and a high quality of life. Here are top reasons why Raleigh is a great place to call home.
Raleigh is home to one of the largest high-tech Research & Develop centers in the US (Research Triangle Park) with top employers including: IBM, GlaxoSmithCline, Fidelity Investments, IQVIA, SAS, Cisco Systems, and Lenovo to name a few. To make that list more impressive, both Apple and Google just announced plans to come to the area. Apple announced in April that it plans to invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina and build a new campus and engineering hub in the Raleigh-Durham area. This will create more than 3,000 new jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and other fields. Similarly, in March, Google said it would establish a Google Cloud hub in RTP that will create more than 1,000 engineering jobs. Two of the largest tech companies in the world moving in is evidence that Raleigh and the surrounding areas possess strong job growth, a great cost of living, and a high quality of life.
The Great Outdoors
Outside of the economic draws of Raleigh, many people are choosing to relocate here because this sprawling Southern city is really a small-town at heart. Raleigh can be quiet and suburban, with access to city parks and great schools. Raleigh is ideal for those who love city life but want to access to nature. The Capital Area Greenway is a network of public open spaces and recreational trails for walking, hiking, biking, nature study, and more. The Capital Area Greenway runs through the city of Raleigh and currently spans over 112 miles through much of Wake County. Dorothea Dix Park has 308 acres of open space, tree groves and more. If you need a spacious dog park near the city, look no further!
If you are a sports fan, you’ve come to the right place! Raleigh, NC has a lot to offer when it comes to head-to-head competition. From edge-of-your seat NHL hockey games to buzzer-beating ACC basketball games, the on-court action gets taken seriously around here. The Carolina Hurricanes is Raleigh’s hometown professional sports team. The Canes play their home games at 20,000-seat PNC Arena from September to April and have created the ultimate fan experience. That game day experience starts outside the area where the parking lots double as prime tailgating spots (yes, we tailgate for hockey games in Raleigh). The North Carolina State Men’s basketball team also plays home games at PNC Arena. There is no greater rivalry in college sports like those being played in and around Raleigh NC. With three major universities located just a few minutes apart, the competition is fierce with Duke, NC State, and UNC Chapel Hill.
The Raleigh area is home to three tier-1 universities and ranked as the 2nd most educated city in America. In the city proper is North Carolina State University, an international leader in veterinary medicine, which is close neighbors to the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the prestigious research university, Duke. For your kids, Raleigh offers quality private, charter, and public education in one of the best school systems in North Carolina – Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). GreatSchools.Org is a great resource if you want to look up the ratings of schools in the Raleigh area. OnWire Realty can set up a specific search for you by school district to help you find the perfect home that is in your desired school district.
Location, Location, Location
Raleigh is centrally located in the state of North Carolina and on the East Coast. In Raleigh, you’re about halfway between New York and Florida (within a day’s drive of each) and you’re close to the beach and the North Carolina mountains! Interstate 40 (I-40) runs through the outskirts of town and in two hours you can get to Wrightsville Beach and a 4-hour drive west will get you to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville. Interstate 95 (I-95) is also close by and the main interstate on the East Coast. You can get to destinations such as Washington DC in just 4.5 hours (278 miles), New York City in just 8.5 hours (487 miles), Atlanta in just 6.5 hours (407 miles), and Orlando in just 8.5 hours (594 miles).
Amazing Food and Drink Options
Last, but by no means least, Raleigh is quickly becoming a foodie’s paradise. With delicious restaurants on every corner, the city has become home to numerous world-renowned chefs and prestigious James Beard nominees (the Oscars of food). Downtown Raleigh is booming with tasty eats as the community continues to grow with passionate chefs and foodies from all over the world. From bakeries and delis to pizzerias and breweries, Raleigh surrounds you in endless options. Maybe you just want to enjoy an artisanal cocktail from the speakeasy Watts and Ward or take in the killer view of downtown while sipping on a cold one from Raleigh Times rooftop bar. If alcohol isn’t your thing and you want a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee, check out Morning Times Cafe. There really is a bit of something for everyone in Raleigh.
As one of the best cities to live in the United States, Raleigh will only get better in the coming years. With its excellent quality of life and exciting new opportunities, Raleigh is great place to call home.
So, if you’re thinking of moving to Raleigh, what are you waiting for? Take the opportunity to be a part of a community and area that offers affordable homes, plenty of jobs, and a variety of things to do and see. Reach out to the team at OnWire Realty to find your new home in Raleigh. We’ll be happy to show you around and introduce you to our wonderful community.