Raleigh, North Carolina From outdoor activities to arts and culture, Raleigh continues to earn recognition as one of the most desirable places to live

There are many reasons to study, live or work in the Raleigh metropolitan region, which is consistently recognized by national publications as one of the `best places to live‘ in the United States.

North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh has a mild climate year-round (average high temperature of 71 degrees), it‘s easy to see why the “City of Oaks” and the surrounding region is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable destinations in America.

Raleigh boasts a population of more than 450,000 residents and is home to nine colleges and universities. One-third of the population is comprised of minorities, and one-third of the population is also between the ages of 18 and 32. The Raleigh region has over 1.2 million people.

Raleigh has more than 9,000 acres of parkland and almost 1,300 acres of water, offering recreational activities year-round. A nationally-acclaimed greenway system spans 152 miles, providing walking, jogging and hiking trails that connect many of the City of Raleigh’s 200+ parks.

The greater Raleigh area has five venues for live music events. The Red Hat Amphitheater is located right downtown and has a capacity of 5,990, while the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek part of a 77-acre complex and can seat 6,847.

Sports and outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to cheer about, as Raleigh and the surrounding area is home to professional hockey, minor league baseball and pro soccer teams among the sports to enjoy.

Raleigh is home to the annual North Carolina State Fair. The state’s largest annual event, is held for 11 days in mid-October, and attracts more than a million people every year.

Raleigh is ideally situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. There are 11 major beaches within a two to three hour drive to the east, including North Carolina‘s famed Outer Banks. Mountain retreats await to the west, highlighted by the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

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