Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the best places to live for number reasons that I would like to discuss for those that are considering to move to this wonderful city. Let me start off by clarifying that I love Raleigh and I before I moved here I have lived many places around the world including Slovakia, Russia, Germany then in America I have lived in Bridgeport in CT, Pittsburgh in PA, Melbourne in FL, Toledo in OH, and Cleveland in OH not to mention all the cities I have travelled.
1. Raleigh Pops with Color
As a welcoming city with an expansive green terrain preserved amongst the highways and roads, Raleigh makes an extra effort in keeping the landscapes green by minimizing the number of trees cut down around homes, new construction, and especially roads. Then something blooms here all yearround and some percentage of the trees and shrubs remain green so Raleigh never looks gloomy and gray not even in the worst of winter weather. Unbeknownst to most Northerners, we even get snow here, sometimes as much 18” as reported back in 1899 by The Great Blizzard more than a century before The Global Climate Change “started.” But that’s not all! When you move to Raleigh you get the bonus of not just one great city, rather you score triple by being right next to Durham and Chapel Hill both with their own facets of fascinating history, old and unique architecture, fabulous schools and politically and culturally diverse community life. You are essentially moving to what we call The Triangle, not just Raleigh the capital city, like if that wasn’t great enough. Then 2-3 hours West you are visiting the Smokies while about 2-3 hours East you can be vacationing at the beach of the Atlantic Ocean. What else? Real Estate is booming and our real estaste property taxes are very manageble compared to the rest of the country.
2. Raleigh is a Great City for Families
Families have choices of placing their kids in public district, public charter and private schools that fair very well when compared nationally in all three cities. Some of best renowned public schools in the area that fair close and better in some cases than the private schools are charter schools:
1. Franklin Academy (K-12) with 4 separate campuses in Wake Forest with average SAT score of 1260.
2. Endeavor Charter(K-8) school also in Wake Forest
3. Raleigh Charter High School (9-12) close to downtown Raleigh with average SAT score of 1380.
4. Voyager Academy (K-12) in Durham with average SAT of 1270.
5. Woods Charter (K-12) in Chapel Hill with average SAT of 1270.
The Triangle has also one of the best private schools:
1. Cary Academy (6-12) with 753 students, 2018 tuition of $22,4K for average SAT score of 1370.
2. Durham Academy (K-12) with 1,231 students, 2018 tuition of $25,925 for average SAT score of 1380.
3. Ravenscroft (K-12) with 1150 students, 2018 tuition of $24,500 for average SAT of 1340.
My kids have been attending the Franklin Academy years after attending local public schools. They appreciate smaller classes and more attention and respect given to students by the teachers. Coming from the district public schools into well managed school environment has been a blessing for our family. One of the best approaches to education in Math and English is the placement of kids into 5 different levels of classes by student performance. If a child is great in Math he or she can be in a fast pace class and enjoy learning without being held back by kids that may need more attention. Vice versa kids that need more attention benefit greatly being by in classes with peers at their level where the teacher takes more time to cover new subject area. It’s a win win design for all.
The national doctrine of avoiding schools that are closer to inner-cities doesn’t hold true for the Triangle, quite the contrary, the residential real estate and the schools closer to downtown Raleigh, for example, are booming, they are more expensive on average than areas outside of the Raleigh 440 belt-line and for many it is a status symbol to live “Inside The Beltline” as witnessed by ITB car stickers. I’m adding a link to greatschools.org map of schools in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest and Chapel Hill. Note the distribution of schools with high EOG scores being scattered with no noticeable decline in average scores for schools closer to downtown areas.
Raleigh Public Schools
Durham Public Schools
Chapel Hill Public Schools
3. Best Universities
1. Duke University in Durham
2. North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh
3. University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill
4. Best Medical Care
With best schools in the Triangle comes the best medical care and hospitals:
1. Duke University Hospitals ranked nationally in 11 adult specialties and 9 pediatric specialties
2. University of North Carolina Hospitals nationally ranked in 5 adult and 7 pediatric specialties.
3. UNC Rex Hospital
4. WakeMed Health and Hospitals
and many others
5. Jobs and Opportunities
Best known concentrated campus for jobs is the Research Triangle Park with over 275 companies calling it their home in technology, biomed and pharmaceutical jobs with leaders like Cisco, IBM, NetApp, GlaxoSmithKline, RTI, Biogen and many others.
The Triangle is also home to employers of all industries and sizes. Below are top 10 largest employers in the area:
|Duke University and Health System||38,591|
|State of North Carolina||24,083|
|Wake County Public School System||19,845|
|WakeMed Health & Hospitals||9,105|
|North Carolina State University||9,069|
|UNC Rex Healthcare||7,400|
|SAS Institute, Inc.||5,632|
6. Entertainment and Food
Raleigh downtown area is booming with daily events and night-life from bars to great restaurants, museums, parks, events and frequent food trucks parades and so much more. Durham and Chapel Hill is right behind with list of their own events menu. Some of the local highlights:
1. Raleigh Beer Garden is the world’s largest beer pub with over 366 varieties of beers on tap from local craftsman and breweries.
2. PNC Arena with venues from sports (Hurricanes hockey games), concerts (Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, etc.) and family shows like Disney on Ice. It seats 19,700 people.
Trans Siberian Orchestra at the PNC Arena
DPAC Durham Performance Arts Center presenting Lord of the Dance
Thank you for reading my article! My name is Livia Keesee and I’m a local full service Realtor® in the beautiful Raleigh, Durham, Chapel also known as the Triangle. I pride myself on working with great people every day that are relocating to this area, moving out or that are upgrading to bigger better homes. I spend time educating my clients on all their is to know about local real estate economy, market, neighborhoods, red flags, regulations and the transaction process. I look forwarding to working with you!