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"City of Oaks"

Raleigh is a city in Wake County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, English colonizer, courtier and writer.

The latitude of Raleigh is 35.771N. The longitude is -78.638W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 315 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 316,802.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Raleigh demographic reports
Raleigh is in the eastern piedmont.
Former and merged names include:
· Bloomsbury
· Oberlin
· Caraleigh
Although Raleigh was surrendered to Gen. William T. Sherman in 1865, Union forces did not officially withdraw until 1877.
Public transportation: Capital Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,004. The number of murders and homicides was 14. The violent crime rate was 6.5 per 1,000 people.
In a 2006 study, AllBusiness named Raleigh-Cary as the No. 1 best metro for women entrepreneurs.

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Filming location for:
· 1990 movie, "The Handmaid's Tale"
Well-known residents have included:
· President Andrew Johnson
· Marion Jones, Olympic athlete
· David Sedaris, author
Local bands (past and present) have included Whiskeytown
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Pecan Day - Nov. 16, 2007
  • North Carolina State Fair - Oct. 12-21, 2007
  • Lebanese Festival - May 27, 2007
  • Apple Day - Sept. 27, 2007
  • BugFest - Sept. 15, 2007
  • Grecian Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
  • Heritage Day - Oct. 6, 2007
  • International Festival - Nov. 3-4, 2007
  • Gourd Festival - Sept. 8-9, 2007
  • Crawfish Day - June 2, 2007
  • Sweet Potato Day - Sept. 20, 2007
  • Storytelling Festival - Sept. 29, 2007
  • La Fiesta del Pueblo - Sept. 8-9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Raleigh web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Raleigh Little Theatre, North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Civic Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Falls Lake State Recreation Area, William B. Umstead State Park
Raleigh attractions: J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Sports teams: Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), Raleigh Rebels (arena football)
Historic sites and museums: North Carolina Museum of History, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh City Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Exploris, Marbles Kids Museum
Colleges and universities: North Carolina State University, Meredith College, Peace College, St. Augustine's College, Shaw University
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 106
When I was a child, Raleigh called itself 'The City of Oaks.' But don't try to find an oak these days in the criminal mess that money and the chloroformed City Council have made from innocent fertile dirt and what grew in it.
-- Blue Calhoun
Reynolds Price

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Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Raleigh demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Wake County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Raleigh-Durham area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 27605 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Raleigh residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Raleigh ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Raleigh was $25,113, compared with $21,587 nationally.


45% of Raleigh residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Raleigh, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $627.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,203.


Libraries in Raleigh include Athens Drive Community Library, Cameron Village Regional Library, Electronic Information Center, Green Road Library, North Regional Library, Olivia Raney Local History Library, Richard B. Harrison Library, South Raleigh Library, State Library of North Carolina, West Popular Lending Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Raleigh include News & Observer

TV stations in Raleigh include WBXU-CA, WLFL, WRAL, WRAZ.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WCPE., WSHA.

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Wake County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Raleigh political report.

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Raleigh restaurants taking online reservations include 18 Seaboard, 518 West, Azitra, Bella Monica, Bogart's American Grill and Bar, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Enoteca Vin, Frazier's Restaurant, Jibarra Modern Mexican, Nana's Chophouse ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Raleigh workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 60 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Raleigh between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


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“ When I was a child, Raleigh called itself 'The City of Oaks.' But don't try to find an oak these days in the criminal mess that money and the chloroformed City Council have made from innocent fertile dirt and what grew in it. ”
~ Blue Calhoun
Reynolds Price

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