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Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. It is the second largest city in the state of North Carolina, behind only Charlotte, and is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city.

Most of Raleigh is located within Wake County, with a very small portion extending into Durham County. The towns of Cary, Morrisville, Garner, Clayton, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, and Rolesville are some of Raleigh’s primary nearby suburbs and satellite towns.

As of 2011, Time magazine ranked Raleigh as the third most educated city in the US based on the percentage of residents who held college degrees. This statistic can most likely be credited to the presence of universities in and around Raleigh, as well as the presence of Research Triangle Park to the Northwest.

Home Values

The median home value in Apex is $229,000. Apex home values have gone up 5.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Raleigh is $144, which is higher than the Raleigh Metro average of $132. The median price of homes currently listed in Raleigh is $342,900 and the median rent price is $1,382, which is higher than the Raleigh Metro median of $1,495.


Raleigh is home to numerous cultural, educational, and historic sites. For instance, art lovers will appreciate the North Carolina Museum of Art while those with an interest in science might enjoy the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. History buffs should take a tour of the North Carolina State Capitol and a jaunt through the North Carolina Museum of History. And for active travelers, Raleigh contains a number of parks, including Umstead and Pullen.