Historic structures abound in Raleigh, with the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel a prime landmark in the city’s downtown – locally known as Old Raleigh. Architecture enthusiasts can also head to the historic neighborhoods of Cameron Park, Country Club Hills and Five Points. Midtown Raleigh is primarily residential with a few commercial shopping centers, and East Raleigh includes North Hills, one of the poshest neighborhoods in the city.
West Raleigh is the home of North Carolina State University and the PNC Arena. North Raleigh is a diverse suburban area that’s been growing for decades and includes many large shopping areas. South Raleigh is less developed and less densely populated than other areas of Raleigh. Shaw University can be found in Southeast Raleigh, with the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, one of the biggest outdoor concert venues in the region, another major neighborhood landmark.
The total number of single-family homes in the city is just over 140,000 with another 13,040 condo units and 661 apartments. In total, there are 4,492 commercial properties in Raleigh and 576 zoned for industrial use. More than 9,400 vacant lots await future development.
Driving in and around Raleigh is relatively easy, thanks to the numerous interstate highways, such as I-40 and I-440, with I-540’s launch bringing even more possibilities. Raleigh is home to an Amtrak station, which services four train lines daily, making it one of the busiest train stations in the south. Capital Area Transit (CAT) oversees 33 bus routes throughout the city, while North Carolina State University has its own free transit system, the Wolfline, servicing the university campus area.
With higher education institutions like North Carolina State University and Wake Technical Community College, it’s no surprise Raleigh has the 3rd highest percentage of college graduates in the nation. Public schools are overseen by the Wake County Public School System and income is the primary criteria for assigning students to schools. There are 3 public and 3 magnet high schools offering International Baccalaureate programs.
Duke University Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the region, with 13 nationally-ranked specialties. Other hospitals include University of North Carolina Hospitals, nationally ranked in 8 specialties, UNC Rex Healthcare, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals.
The latest FBI data reported a 7% decrease in crime in Raleigh, with large decreases in property crimes, but a notable uptick in violent crimes. Overall, North Carolina crime rates continue to mirror national trends of decreasing property crimes and climbing violent crime rates.
Raleigh is home to many of the best museums in the South, including the African American Cultural Complex, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Mordecai Plantation and the J. C. Raulston Arboretum. Performing arts are celebrated in the city, with international touring acts at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.
Downtown’s Red Hat Amphitheater is also a popular live music venue, in part thanks to its immediate proximity to countless restaurants and bars where patrons can keep the party going after concerts. A trip to the downtown district unearths a number of local art galleries such as Bee Hive Studies, Art Space in City Market, and 311 Gallery.
The Angus Barn, Second Empire Restaurant, and Sullivan’s Steakhouse guarantee a posh dining experience. Low-key foodie hotspots include Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant, Mami Nora’s, and Sassool.