Raleigh ( is the capital city of the state of North Carolina, the seat of Wake
County and the second largest city in North Carolina
Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for
its many oak tree
. According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, the city's estimated population on July 1, 2008 was
392,552 (a 42% increase from the 2000 Census), making Raleigh the
8th fastest growing city and the 45th largest city in the United States.
Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three historically primary cities of
the Research Triangle
metropolitan region. The regional nickname of "The Triangle"
originated after the 1959 creation of the Research
Triangle Park, located between the cities of Raleigh, Chapel Hill
The Research Triangle region encompasses the
U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area of
Raleigh-Durham-Cary in the central Piedmont region of North
As of July 1, 2008 the estimated population of the
Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,690,557, while the Raleigh-Cary
was estimated at 1,088,765, making it the nation's fastest
growing metropolitan area.
Raleigh is located within Wake County, with a very small portion extending into Durham
County. The towns of Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell, and Rolesville are some of Raleigh's primary nearby suburbs and satellite
December 1770, Joel
Lane successfully petitioned the North Carolina General
Assembly to create a new county, resulting in the formation of
Wake County. The county was formed from portions of
Cumberland, Orange, and Johnston counties. the county gets its name from Margaret
Wake Tryon, the wife of Governor William
The first county seat was Bloomsbury.
Raleigh was chosen as the site of a new state capital in 1788. It
was officially established in 1792 as both the new county seat and
the new state capital. The city was named in 1792 for Sir Walter Raleigh
, sponsor of the Colony of Roanoke
. The "Lost Colony" is
commemorated at the Fort Raleigh National Historic
Site on Roanoke
Island, North Carolina.
The city's location was chosen, in part, for being within 10 miles
(16 km) of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a popular tavern frequented
by the state
. No known city or town existed previously on the
chosen city site. Raleigh is one of the few cities in the United
States that was planned and built specifically to serve as a
Its original boundaries were formed by the downtown streets of
North, East, West and South streets. It was planned to be laid out
in an axial fashion, with four public squares and one central
The North Carolina
first met in Raleigh in December 1794, and
quickly granted the city a charter
, with a
board of seven appointed commissioners
(elected by the city after 1803) and an "Intendant
of Police" (which would eventually
become the office of Mayor
) to govern
it. In 1799, the N.C. Minerva and Raleigh
became the first newspaper published in Raleigh.
John Haywood was the first Intendant of Police. Raleigh's Historic Oakwood contains many houses from the 1800s that are still in good condition.
Raleigh, North Carolina in 1872
In 1808 Andrew Johnson
, the nation’s
, was born at
Casso’s Inn in Raleigh. The city's first water supply network
was completed in
1818, although due to system failures the project was abandoned.
1819 saw the arrival of Raleigh's first volunteer fire company
, followed in 1821 by a full-time
a fire destroyed the State Capitol.
Reconstruction began two years later with
being delivered by the
first railroad in the state. Raleigh celebrated the completions of
the new Capitol and new Raleigh & Gaston Railroad
the first State Fair was held near Raleigh.
institution of higher learning in Raleigh, Peace College, was established in 1857.
After the War began, Governor Zebulon Baird Vance
construction of breastworks
around the city as
protection from Union
General Sherman's Carolinas Campaign
, Raleigh was captured
by Union cavalry
under the command of
General Hugh Judson
on April 13
. After the Confederate
cavalry retreated west ,
the Union soldiers followed, leading to the nearby Battle of Morrisville
. The city was
spared significant destruction during the War, but due to the
economic problems of the post-war period and Reconstruction
grew little over the next several decades.
After the Civil War ended in 1865, African Americans
were able to be educated
and men could become involved in politics. With the help of the
, many freedmen
rural areas to Raleigh. Shaw University, the South's first African-American college, began
classes in 1865 and was chartered in 1875. Shaw's Estey Hall was the first building constructed for the higher education of black women, and
Center was the first four-year medical school in the country for African
clergy founded St. Augustine's College for the education of freedmen.
In 1869, the state legislature
approved the nation’s first school for blind and deaf African
Americans to be located in Raleigh. And in 1874, the city's Federal Building was constructed in Raleigh, the first Federal Government
project in the South following the Civil War.
In 1880, the newspapers News
combined to form The News
. It remains Raleigh's primary daily
newspaper. The North Carolina College of Agriculture
and Mechanic Arts, now known as North
Carolina State University, was founded as a land-grant college in 1887.
city's Rex Hospital
opened in 1889 and
housed the state's first nursing school. The Baptist Women's
College, now known as Meredith College, opened in 1891, and in 1898, The Academy of Music private music
conservatory was established.
In 1900, the state legislature passed a new constitution
, with voter
registration rules that disenfranchised most blacks and many poor
whites. Added to earlier statutory restrictions, the state
succeeded in reducing black voting to zero by 1908. It was not
until 1965 that the majority of blacks in North Carolina would
again be able to vote, sit on juries and serve in local
Fayetteville Street during the
The North Carolina State Capitol can be seen in the
Construction of the Commercial
National Bank building, c 1912
Martin Street business district, c
In 1912, Bloomsbury Park opened, featuring a popular carousel ride.
Park, the carousel is still operating.
From 1914-1917, an influenza
killed 288 Raleigh citizens. The state of North Carolina lost a
total of 5,799 men in the World War I.
In 1922, WLAC signed on as the city's first radio station, but
lasted only two years. WFBQ signed on in 1924 and became WPTF in
1927. It is now Raleigh's oldest continuous radio
December 12, 1942, The Roman Catholic Diocese of
Raleigh was officially established by the Vatican and the Sacred Heart
Cathedral became the official seat of the diocese.
The city's first airport, Curtiss-Wright Flying Field opened in
1929. That same year, the stock market
resulted in six Raleigh banks closing.
During the difficult 1930s of the Great
, government at all levels was integral to creating
jobs. The city provided recreational and educational programs, and
hired people for public works projects. In 1932, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium was dedicated.
The North Carolina Symphony
, founded the
same year, performed in its new home. From 1934-1937, the
Conservation Corps constructed the area now know as William
B. Umstead State Park.
In 1939, the State General Assembly
chartered the Raleigh-Durham Aeronautical Authority to build a
larger airport between Raleigh and Durham, with the first flight
occurring in 1943.
In 1947, Raleigh citizens adopted a council-manager
government, the current form.
Raleigh experienced significant damage from Hurricane Hazel
WRAL-TV became the first local television
opening of the Research Triangle Park in 1957, Raleigh began to experience a population
increase, resulting in a total city population of 100,000 by
Following passage of the federal Voting Rights Act
, one of the main
achievements of the African-American
Civil Rights Movement
and the Lyndon B. Johnson
participation and voting by African Americans in Raleigh increased
rapidly. In 1967, Clarence E.
was elected to the City
Council, and in 1973 became Raleigh's first African-American
In 1976, the Raleigh City and Wake County schools merged to become
the Wake County Public
, now the largest school system in the state and
19th largest in the country.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the I-440
constructed, easing traffic congestion and providing access to most
major city roads.
Convention Center (replaced in 2008) and Fayetteville Street Mall
were both opened in 1977.
Fayetteville Street was turned
into a pedestrian-only street in an effort to help the then-ailing
downtown area, but the plan was flawed and business declined for
years to come. Fayetteville Street was reopened in 2007 as the main
thoroughfare of Raleigh's downtown.
1988 Raleigh tornado
outbreak of November 28, 1988 was the most destructive of the
seven tornadoes reported in Northeastern North Carolina and
southeastern Virginia between 1:00 AM and 5:45 AM. The Raleigh tornado
produced over $77 million in damage, along with four fatalities
(two in the city of Raleigh, and two in Nash
County) and 154 injuries.
The damage path from the
storm was measured at long, and wide at times.
two large skyscrapers in Raleigh were completed, First Union
Capital Center and Two Hanover Plaza, along with the popular
Amphitheatre in Southeast Raleigh.
the Olympic Flame passed through
Raleigh while on its way to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Also in 1996, Hurricane Fran
struck the area, causing
massive flooding and extensive structural damage.
Center arena opened to provide a venue for the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes and NC State Wolfpack men's
In 2001, the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium complex was expanded with
the addition of the Progress
Center for the Performing Arts, Meymandi Concert Hall,
Fletcher Opera Theater, Kennedy Theatre, Betty Ray McCain Gallery
and Lichtin Plaza.
Fayetteville Street reopened to vehicular traffic in 2006. A
variety of downtown building projects began around this time
including the 34-story RBC Bank Tower, multiple condominium
projects and several new restaurants. Additional skyscrapers are in
the proposal/planning phase.
With the opening of parts of I-540
from 2005-2007, a new
loop around Wake County, traffic congestion eased somewhat in the
North Raleigh area. Completion of the entire loop is expected to
take another 15 years.
In 2008, the city's Fayetteville Street
joined the National Register of
Also in 2008, Raleigh has featured prominently in a number of "Top
10 Lists," including those by Forbes
, due to its quality of life and business
Law and government
Raleigh operates under a council-manager government
city council consists of eight members; all seats, including the
mayor's, are open for election every two years. Five of the council
seats are district representatives and two seats are citywide
representatives elected at-large
Historically, Raleigh voters have tended to elect conservative Democrats
state, and national elections, a holdover from their one-party
system of the late 19th century.
- Charles Meeker, Mayor
- Nancy McFarlane, Councilor
(District A, north-central Raleigh)
- Rodger Koopman, Councilor (District B, northeast Raleigh)
- James West,
Councilor (District C, mayor pro tem, southeast Raleigh)
- Thomas Crowder, Councilor
(District D, southwest Raleigh)
- Philip Isley, Councilor (District
E, west and northwest Raleigh)
- Russ Stephenson, Councilor
- Mary-Ann Baldwin, Councilor
34 murders or non-negligent cases of
manslaughter were reported within
Raleigh's city limits, per the Federal
Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime
Mayor Charles Meeker
is a member of
the Mayors Against
Illegal Guns Coalition
, a bi-partisan
group with a stated goal of
"making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets."
coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor
Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael
Raleigh averages a rate of 469.2 motor vehicle thefts
per year per
100,000 residents, below the average rate of 528.4 motor vehicle
thefts per year per 100,000 residents for all metropolitan areas in
According to the Uniform Crime Reports, crime in Raleigh has
steadily decreased in recent years. In 2004, there were 580
reported incidents of violent crime
and 3,768 reported incidents of property
reported per 100,000 population. Nationally there were
466 violent crimes and 3,517 property crimes reported per 100,000
population, while U.S. cities with a population between 250,000 and
500,000 residents reported 978 violent crimes and 5,631 property
crimes per 100,000 population,.
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, Raleigh occupies a total area of
115.6 square miles (299.3 km²), of which
114.6 square miles (296.8 km²) is dry land and
1.0 square miles (2.5 km²)(0.84%) is covered by
Raleigh is located in the northeast central region of North
Carolina, where the North
and Atlantic Coastal Plain
This area is known as the "fall line
because it marks the elevation inland at which waterfalls begin to
appear in creeks and rivers. As a result, most of Raleigh features
gently rolling hills that slope eastward toward the state's flat
coastal plain. Its central Piedmont location situates
Raleigh about three hours west of Atlantic
Beach, North Carolina, by car and four hours east of the
Great Smoky Mountains of the
range. The city is south of Richmond, Virginia; south of Washington, D.C.; and northeast of Charlotte, North
Snow in Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh enjoys a humid
, with generally moderate temperatures
during spring and autumn. Summers are typically warm to hot.
Winters are cool to cold and wet with highs generally in the range
of upper 40s to low 50s°F
(8 to 11
) with lows in the mid 20s to low 30s°F
(-4 to 0°C), although an occasional 60°F (15°C) or warmer winter
day is not uncommon. The record low temperature recorded at the RDU
Airport is -9°F (-22°C) set in 1985. Occasional single digit
temperatures can be experienced in any given winter. Spring and
Autumn days usually reach the low/mid 70s°F (low 20s°C), with lows
at night in the lower 50s°F (10 to 14°C). Summer daytime highs
often reach mid to upper 80s to low 90s°F (29 to 35°C) with cooler
nights between 65°F to 70°F. The region's rainiest months are
January and March with the driest months being April and
Raleigh receives an average of 7.0" of snow
winter. Freezing rain
also occur most winters, and occasionally
the area experiences a major damaging ice
. On January 24-25, 2000, Raleigh received its greatest
snowfall from a single storm - - during the Winter Storm of January 2000
this magnitude are generally the result of cold air damming that affects the city due
to its proximity to the Appalachian Mountains.
The region also experiences occasional periods of drought
, during which the city sometimes has
restricted water use by residents.
Downtown Raleigh panorama, from
Raleigh is divided into seven major geographic areas, each of which
use a Raleigh address and a ZIP code
begins with the digits 276.
Raleigh ("Inside the Beltline") is home to historic
neighborhoods and buildings such as the Sir Walter
Raleigh Hotel built in the early 20th century, the restored City
Market, the Fayetteville
Street downtown business district, as well as the North Carolina Museum of
History, North Carolina Museum
of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State Capitol, Peace
College, the Raleigh City
Museum, Raleigh Convention Center, Shaw
College. The neighborhoods in Old Raleigh include
Cameron Park, Boylan Heights, Country Club Hills, Coley Forest, Five Points,
Glenwood-Brooklyn, Hayes Barton, Moore Square, Mordecai, Belvidere
Park, Woodcrest, and Historic
Old Raleigh is also home to the nation's
smallest Roman Catholic
is situated roughly from Capital
Boulevard near the I-440
beltline to New Hope
Road. Most of East Raleigh's development is along primary corridors
such as U.S. 1
(Capital Boulevard), New
Bern Avenue, Poole Road, Buffaloe Road, and New Hope Road.
Neighborhoods in East Raleigh include New Hope, and Wilder's Grove.
is bordered to the east by the town of Knightdale.
lies along Hillsborough Street
Boulevard. The area is bordered to the west by suburban
Cary. It is home to North
Carolina State University, Meredith
Park, Pullen Memorial Baptist
Church, Cameron Village,
Lake Johnson, the North Carolina Museum of Art and historic Saint Mary's School.
Primary thoroughfares serving West Raleigh,
in addition to Hillsborough Street, are Avent Ferry Road, Blue
Ridge Road, and Western Boulevard.
is an expansive, diverse, and
fast-growing suburban area of the city that is home to established
neighborhoods to the south along with many newly built subdivisions
and along its northern
fringes. The area generally falls North of Millbrook Road. It is
primarily suburban with large shopping areas. Primary neighborhoods
and subdivisions in North Raleigh include Bedford, Bent Tree,
Brentwood, Brookhaven, Crossgate, Crosswinds, Falls River, Lake
Park, North Ridge, Stonebridge, Stone Creek, Stonehenge, Wakefield,
Windsor Forest, and Wood Valley. The area is served by a number of
primary transportation corridors including Glenwood Avenue (U.S.
Route 70), Wake Forest Road, Millbrook Road, Lynn Road, Six Forks Road
, Spring Forest Road, Creedmoor Road
, Leesville Road, and
Strickland Road, as well as the Interstate-540 Expressway.
, which used to be considered a
part of North Raleigh, is a residential and commercial area just
North of the I-440 Beltline. It is roughly framed by
Glenwood/Creedmoor Road to the West, Wake Forest Road to the East,
and Millbrook Road to the North. It includes shopping centers such as
North Hills and Crabtree
It also includes North Hills Park and part
of the Raleigh Greenway System.
is located along U.S. 401 South
toward Fuquay-Varina and along US 70 into
This area is the least developed and least
dense area of Raleigh (much of the area lies within the Swift
development regulations limit housing densities and construction).
is bordered to the west by Cary, to the east by Garner, and to the southwest by Holly
Neighborhoods in South Raleigh include Lake
Wheeler, Swift Creek, Riverbrooke, and Enchanted Oaks.
Southeast Raleigh is
bounded by downtown on the west, Garner on the southwest, and rural Wake
County to the southeast.
The area includes areas
along Rock Quarry Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and New
Bern Avenue. This area is very diverse, with new suburban
developments to poor inner-city neighborhoods. Many of the older
neighborhoods are historically African American and date back to
the end of the Civil War
neighborhoods include Chavis Heights, Raleigh Country Club,
Southgate, and Biltmore Hills. Time Warner Cable Music
Pavilion (formerly Alltel Pavilion and Walnut Creek
Amphitheatre) is one of the region's major outdoor concert venues
and is located on Rock Quarry Road. And Shaw
University the oldest
HBCU in the South is Located just off of
Martin Luther King Jr
Raleigh's industrial base includes electrical, medical, electronic
and telecommunications equipment; clothing and apparel; food
processing; paper products; and pharmaceuticals. Raleigh is part of
North Carolina's Research Triangle, one of the country's largest
and most successful research parks and a major center in the United
States for high-tech
research, as well as advanced textile
development. The city is a major retail
shipping point for eastern North Carolina and a wholesale
distributing point for the grocery industry.
In 2009 the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical
placed #5 on WomenCo.
's list of
the Top 25 Cities for Your Career.
At the 2005-2007 American Community Survey Estimates, the city's
population was 61.4% White (57.0% non-Hispanic White alone), 29.0%
Black or African American, 0.7% American Indian and Alaska Native,
4.1% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 6.1%
from some other race and 1.3% from two or more races. 9.5% of the
total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 
46.5% of the population had a Bachelor's
degree or higher. 
As of the 2000 United States census
were 276,093 persons (July 2008 estimate was 380,173) and 61,371
families residing in Raleigh. The population density
was 2,409.2 people per
square mile (930.2/km²). There were 120,699 housing units at an
average density of 1,053.2/sq mi (406.7/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 63.31% White
, 27.80% African American
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 3.24% of
, and 1.88%
of two or more races. Residents who described themselves as
of any race represented 7.01% of
There were 112,608 households
in the city
in 2000, of which 26.5% included children below the age of 18,
39.5% were composed of married couples
living together, 11.4% reported a female householder with no
husband present, and 45.5% classified themselves as nonfamily. In
addition, 33.1% of all households were composed of individuals
living alone, of which 6.2% was someone 65 years of age or older.
The average household size in Raleigh was 2.30 persons, and the
average family size was 2.97 persons.
Raleigh's population in 2000 was evenly distributed with 20.9%
below the age of 18, 15.9% aged 18 to 24, 36.6% from 25 to 44, and
18.4% from 45 to 64. An estimated 8.3% of the population was 65
years of age or older, and the median age was 31 years. For every
100 females, there were 98.0 males; for every 100 females aged 18
or older, there were 96.6 males aged 18 or older.
The median household income
the city was $46,612 in 2000, and the median family income
was $60,003. Males earned a
median income of $39,248, versus $30,656 for females. The median
per capita income
for the city was
$25,113, and an estimated 11.5% of the population and 7.1% of
families were living below the poverty
. Of the total population, 13.8% of those below the age of
18, and 9.3% of those 65 and older, were living below the poverty
Private, for profit
Primary and secondary education
Public schools in Raleigh are operated by the Wake County Public
School System. Observers have praised the Wake County Public School
System for its innovative efforts to maintain a socially,
economically and racial balanced system by using income as a prime
factor in assigning students to schools.
The State of North Carolina provides for a legislated number of
. These schools are
administered independently of the Wake County Public School System.
Raleigh is currently home to eleven such charter schools:
Private and religion-based schools
As of August 2008, Wake County had the highest estimated number of
home-schoolers in the state, with 7,059 students.North Carolina law
defines a home school as a non-public school in which the student
receives academic instruction from his/her parent, legal guardian,
or a member of the household in which the student resides. The home
school academic instructional setting must always meet the home
school legal definition of G.S. 115C-563(a) and is limited to
students from no more than two households. These schools are
administered independently of the Wake County Public School System
and are registered with the State of North Carolina Department of Non-Public
Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek hosts major international touring acts.
Progress Energy Center for the Performing
Arts complex houses the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, the
Fletcher Opera Theater, the Kennedy Theatre, and the Meymandi
Concert Hall. During the North
Carolina State Fair, Dorton
Arena hosts headline acts.
In 2008, a new theatre
space, the Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School, was opened in
the restored auditorium of the historic Murphey School
performances are also offered at the Raleigh
Little Theatre, Long View Center,
Theatre in the Park, and Stewart
Theater at North Carolina State University.
Raleigh is home to several professional arts organizations,
including the North Carolina
, the Opera Company of North Carolina, Burning Coal Theatre Company
the North Carolina Theatre
Broadway Series South and the Carolina
. The numerous local colleges and universities
significantly add to the options available for viewing live
Carolina Museum of Art, occupying a large suburban campus on Blue Ridge
Road near the North Carolina State
Fairgrounds, maintains one of the premier public art
collections located between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
In addition to its extensive collections of American Art
, European Art
and ancient art
, the museum recently has hosted
major exhibitions featuring Auguste
(in 2000) and Claude Monet
(in 2006-07), each attracting more than 200,000 visitors. Unlike
most prominent public museums, the North Carolina Museum of Art
acquired a large number of the works in its permanent collection
through purchases with public funds. The museum's outdoor park is
one of the largest such art parks
the country. The museum facility is currently undergoing a major
expansion, scheduled for completion in 2010.
Sports and leisure
National Hockey League's
Carolina Hurricanes franchise
moved to Raleigh in 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut (where it was known as the Hartford Whalers). The team played its
first two seasons in the nearby city of Greensboro, while its home arena, Raleigh's RBC Center was under construction.
The Hurricanes are
the only major league (NFL
) professional sports team in North
Carolina to have won a championship, winning the Stanley Cup
in 2006, over the Edmonton Oilers
In addition to the Hurricanes, the Carolina RailHawks FC
of the United Soccer Leagues
play in suburban
Cary to the west; the Carolina
, an AA minor-league
team, play in the city's eastern suburbs; and the
, the AAA minor-league
team made internationally famous by the movie
, play in the
neighboring city of Durham.
Several other professional sports leagues have had former
franchises (now defunct) in Raleigh, including the Arena Football League
; the World League of American
; the Raleigh Cougars
the United States
; and most recently, the Carolina Courage
of the Women's United Soccer
(in suburban Cary), which won that league's
championship Founders Cup in 2002.
The Research Triangle region has hosted the Professional
Golfers' Association Nationwide
Tour Rex Hospital Open
1994, with the current location of play at Raleigh's Wakefield Plantation
The North Carolina Tigers
compete as an Australian Rules
club in the United States
Australian Football League
, in the Eastern Australian Football
Raleigh is also home to the Carolina Rollergirls
, an all-women
flat-track roller derby
team that is a
competing member of the Women's Flat Track Derby
. The Carolina Rollergirls compete at Dorton Arena at the North Carolina State
The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety
of leisure opportunities at more than 150 sites throughout the
city, which include: of park land, of greenway
, 22 staffed community center
, a BMX
championship-caliber race track, 112
tennis courts among 25 locations, 5 public lakes, and 8 public
The J. C. Raulston Arboretum, an 8 acre
(32,000 m²) arboretum and botanical garden in west Raleigh
administered by North Carolina State
University, maintains a year-round collection that is open
daily to the public without charge.
The RDU sign at the entrance of the airport.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the
region's primary airport and the second-largest in North Carolina,
located northwest of downtown Raleigh via Interstate-40 between
Raleigh and Durham, serves the city and greater Research Triangle
metropolitan region, as well as much of eastern North
The airport is a hub for American Eagle Airlines
. The airport
offers service to more than 45 domestic and international
destinations and serves approximately 10 million passengers a year.
The airport also offers facilities for cargo
. The airport authority currently is tripling the size
of its Terminal 2 (formerly Terminal C), and is planned for
completion in winter of 2011.
Several licensed private general-aviation
airports operate in
Raleigh's immediate suburban areas:
- Bagwell Airport , Garner
Airport , Louisburg
Airport , Apex
Airpark Airport , Apex
of Dreams Airport , Zebulon
- Fuquay/Angier Field Airport , Fuquay-Varina
Raleigh Airport , Louisburg
- Peacock Stolport Airport , Garner
- Raleigh East Airport , Knightdale
- Triple W Airport , Raleigh
Freeways and primary designated routes
- Interstate Highways:
- I-40 traverses
the southern part of the city, connecting Raleigh to Durham and
Chapel Hill toward the west, and coastal Wilmington,
North Carolina to the southeast.
- I-440 Beltline
makes a loop around the central part of the
city. The I-440 route labeling formerly encompassed the entire loop
around the city, co-numbered though South Raleigh with I-40. In
2002, the NCDOT removed the I-440 designation from the co-numbered
I-40 (southern and southwestern) sections of the loop, and the
directional signage on the remaining I-440 portion was changed from
Inner/Outer to East/West. As of
2008, many of the signs slated for updating have yet to be
replaced, however. The route designation changes were made to avoid
driver confusion over the Inner/Outer designations, especially with
Raleigh's new "Outer Loop," as I-540 has become known.
- I-540/NC 540 is
currently under development. It is a partially completed outer
beltway that will run around the outer edges of Wake County and
into a small portion of southeast Durham county. The route is
complete and currently open between the NC 55 interchange in suburban Apex
and the US-64/US-264 interchange
in suburban Knightdale.
- United States Highways:
- U.S. 1 enters the city from the
north along Capital Boulevard, joins I-440 around the west side of
Raleigh, and leaves the city to the southwest as the US 1/US 64
expressway in Cary.
- U.S. Route 64 is the main east-west route through
Raleigh; all segments share routes with another highway. East of
the city, US-64/US-264 is known as the Knightdale Bypass. US 64 follows I-440 (as
a wrong way concurrency) and I-40 along southern Raleigh, and US 1
to the southwest.
- U.S. Route 70 runs roughly northwest-southeast
through Raleigh. North of downtown, the route follows Glenwood
Avenue into Durham. South of Raleigh, the route (along with US 401
and NC 50) follows South Saunders and South Wilmington Streets into
Garner. Through downtown, US 70 uses small segments of several
streets, including Wade Avenue, Capital Boulevard, Dawson, and
- U.S. Route 264 cosigned with US 64 through East
- U.S. Route 401 north of downtown Raleigh it
follows Capital Boulevard and Louisburg Road. South of downtown it
is cosigned with US 70 from Wade Avenue southward.
- North Carolina
- N.C. Route 54 follows Chapel Hill Road
and Hillsborough Street in West
Raleigh. The route ends at its interchange with I-440.
- N.C. Route 50 is a north-south route
through Raleigh. North of Raleigh it follows Creedmoor Road. NC 50
joins US 70 and later US 401 in downtown Raleigh. The three routes
remain together through south Raleigh.
- N.C. Route 98, known as Durham Road in
North Raleigh, traverses the extreme northern parts of the
train station is one of Amtrak's busiest
stops in the Southern
The station is served by three passenger trains,
the Silver Star,
Daily service is offered between Raleigh
- Charlotte, with intermediate stops including Cary,
Durham, Burlington and Greensboro, North Carolina.
- New York City, with intermediate stops including Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia.
- Miami, with
intermediate stops including Columbia, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia; as well as Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Florida.
Public transportation in and around Raleigh is provided by Capital Area Transit
operates 38 bus fixed routes and a historic trolley line within the
city, and also by Triangle Transit
(known formerly as the Triangle Transit Authority, or TTA).
Transit offers scheduled, fixed-route regional and commuter bus
service between Raleigh and the region's other principal cities of
Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill, as well as to and from the Raleigh-Durham International
Airport, Research Triangle Park and several of the region's larger suburban
TT also coordinates an extensive vanpool
that serves the region's larger employers and commute destinations.
Carolina State University also maintains its own transit system, the Wolfline, that provides zero-fare bus service to the general public along
multiple routes serving the university's campuses in southwest
Raleigh also offers a zero-fare
downtown circulator bus service known as
Government agencies throughout the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area
have struggled with determining the best means of providing
fixed-rail transit service for the region.
the cornerstone of Triangle Transit's long-term plan was a 28-mile
rail corridor from northeast Raleigh, through downtown Raleigh,
Cary, and Research Triangle Park, to Durham using DMU
technology. There were proposals to extend this corridor
7 miles to Chapel Hill with light rail
However, in 2006 Triangle Transit deferred
implementation indefinitely when the Federal Transit
declined to fund the program due to low
The region's two metropolitan planning
appointed a group of local citizens in 2007 to
reexamine options for future transit development in light of
Triangle Transit's problems. The Special Transit Advisory
Commission (STAC) retained many of the provisions of Triangle
Transit's original plan, but recommended adding new bus services
and raising additional revenues by adding a new local half-cent
sales tax to fund the project.
Bicycle and pedestrian
mountains-to-the-sea North Carolina Bicycle Route
2 travels through the city of Raleigh, as does the Maine-to-Florida U.S.
Bicycle Route 1
. North Carolina Bicycle Route
5, the Cape Fear run, connects nearby suburban
Apex to the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and closely parallels the
route of the Randonneurs USA
600 km brevet
Most public buses are equipped with bicycle racks, and some roads
have dedicated bicycle-only lanes. Bicyclists and pedestrians also
may use Raleigh's extensive greenway
system, with paths and trails located throughout the city.
There are several printed newspapers and periodicals that serve the
- The News &
Observer, a large daily newspaper owned by the The McClatchy Company
- Independent Weekly,
a free weekly newspaper (published in nearby Durham)
- Carolina Journal, a free monthly newspaper
- The Blotter, a free monthly literary journal
- Q-Notes, a
bi-weekly newspaper serving the LGBT community
and published in Charlotte, is distributed to locations in Raleigh and via
Slammer, a weekly crime newspaper available at local
convenience stores (published by CorMedia, LLC)
- The Carolinian, North Carolina's oldest and largest
- The Carolina Times, African-American weekly newspaper
- Triangle Tribune, African-American weekly, servicing Raleigh
and the Triangle (offices are located in Durham)
Raleigh, a daily hyperlocal news magazine chronicling downtown
Raleigh politics, culture and business.
Raleigh Telegram, a professionally run paper that is the first
and only online newspaper to join the NC Press Association
is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville Designated
Market Area, the 28th largest broadcast television market in
the United States.
The following stations are licensed to
Raleigh and/or have significant operations and viewers in the
- WUNC-TV (4, PBS) licensed to Chapel Hill,
owned by the University of North Carolina
- WRAL-TV (5, CBS): licensed to the city of Raleigh, owned by
- WTVD (11,
ABC): licensed to the
city of Durham. News bureau located in Raleigh, owned by ABC
(The Walt Disney
- WNCN-TV (17, NBC): studios located
in Raleigh, licensed to the city of Goldsboro southeast of Raleigh; owned by Media General
- WLFL-TV (22, CW): licensed to the city of
Raleigh, owned by Sinclair
- WRDC (28,
MyNetworkTV) licensed to Durham, owned
by Sinclair Broadcast
- WRAY-TV (30, Independent/Jewelry TV) licensed to
Wilson, owned by Multicultural
- WUVC-TV (40, Univision) licensed
to Fayetteville, owned by Univision.
- WRAZ-TV (50, Fox):
licensed to the city of Raleigh, owned by Capitol Broadcasting
- WAUG-TV (68, Independent station) licensed to Raleigh, owned
and operated by Saint Augustine's College
Raleigh is home to the Research Triangle Region bureau of the
regional cable news channel News 14
Public and listener-supported
Raleigh has several sister cities
- Inogolo: How To Pronounce Raleigh
- Raleigh Durham Annexation Agreement Lines
- Historic Boylan Heights Neighborhood Main Page
- The Research
- As Test Scores Jump, Raleigh Credits Integration by
Income, Alan Finder, 1:1 September 25, 2005, New York
- "Home-school enrollment up in Wake, state" The News
& Observer newspaper
- North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education
- ARTSCAPE: Dr. Lawrence Wheeler, Director, North
Carolina Museum of Art, 8-25-06
- Monet Exhibit Sets New Attendance Record at N.C. Museum of
Art :: WRAL.com
- International destinations include London, Toronto and Cancun,
Mexico (seasonal). Delta Airlines announced in November 2008 that
service from RDU to Paris, France would begin in June 2009.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
- "Raleigh starts downtown circulator" - Raleigh
News and Observer. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
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