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Relocating To Raleigh?
With so much to offer, it's no wonder that Raleigh is often named one of the greatest locations to live in the United States. Raleigh offers an average cost of living, plenty of career opportunities, great universities, and much more. It is a very outdoorsy area with miles and miles of hiking trails. No wonder so many people are moving to Raleigh! If you're considering a move to Raleigh, we would love to help you. You can contact us here. We also have a community Facebook group. This group was made to help current or new residents find out more about the area. You can join the group here. All that is great, but why would I want to move to Raleigh?
Raleigh has won many accolades over the years. I will only go over a few or we will be here all day!
Raleigh and Durham collectively rank #2 Best Place to Live - U.S. News & World Report, July
Raleigh ranked as the 11th best-run city in America - WalletHub, June
Raleigh tops list of best places to retire early - Triangle Business Journal, May
Raleigh makes list of best cities to start a career - WalletHub, May
Raleigh ranks 3rd in U.S. for Cheap Cities Seeing Relocation Boom amid COVID-19 Pandemic - 24/7 Wall Street, January
This list goes on and on with award after award. You can see more of our accolades here. We continuously are awarded accolades so be sure to keep your eye out for the next one. One of the more recent awards is Raleigh being voted one of the most recession-resistant areas! This is always great to hear about an area you're moving to!
One of my favorite things about Raleigh is the small-town feel, while still being a larger city. Raleigh was voted one of the fastest-growing cities in the US too. Even as we continue to grow, it still has the small-town feeling. It is large enough to keep meeting new people but small enough to see people you already know or have met. People are very friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. People tend to hold the door, will jump-start your car, give a ride when in need, or even pull you out of a ditch. The people in Raleigh are extremely happy and welcoming. We were even voted 3rd happiest city in the US! Raleigh is most definitely a dog-friendly city. If you have a pet, you should find it fairly easy to accommodate them here. We have plenty of dog parks in the area for them! You can also take them to most lakes, hiking trails, greenway paths, or parks.
There are so many different types of restaurants to choose from in the Raleigh area. We even have a few food halls to choose from here! I personally try to go to new food places to review quite often. I am able to find something new every time I look! We currently have over 2,000 restaurants to choose from here. This does include chains and chainless restaurants. That is a lot of places to try for a city with around half a million people(as of today)!
If you would like to see some of the area's top recommendations, you can view them here. I also have things to do, relocation resources, nearby activities, food reviews, and much more on raleighlivin.com.
Last year, Raleigh was actually voted "Best City For Jobs In The US". Several things came into consideration when determining this. Including, more than 54,000 open jobs with a median average wage topping $55,000. The competition for talent is high, Raleigh has an unemployment rate under 3%.
Raleigh is also number one for hiring opportunities. This is rated on the ratio of job openings to population. The city’s employers received a collective job satisfaction ranking of 3.5 on a 5-point scale, good for the seventh place! Raleigh also ranked 19th for the cost of living, which includes the median salary as it compares to median home value.
Our hottest job categories include software engineers, customer service representatives, and marketing managers! So if you are looking for a job in that category, you're in luck. If you're in the market for a job in Raleigh, take a look at these. Currently, Indeed is showing 68,000 jobs available in Raleigh. Some may be duplicates or expired jobs, but that is still a lot even if cut in half!
Raleigh is also known for the Research Triangle Park or "RTP". RTP is home to many large companies' headquarters. RTP is basically a large corporate park hosting many companies. It is also the largest research park in the United States! RTP has over 300 companies currently including IBM, Cisco, PPD, Fidelity, Credit Suisse, and much more!
Raleigh is home to over 200 different parks! Some of these parks include art centers, athletic facilities, community centers, lakes, nature preserves, dog parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, greenway trails, historic sites, open spaces, and more! Some of the most popular parks in Raleigh include Umstead Park, Moore Square, Lake Johnson, Lake Wheeler Park, Dorothea Dix Park, and Pullen Park.
Hikers, trail runners, bicyclists, and equestrians appreciate William B. Umstead State Park's wide network of hiking and multi-use trails. Three manufactured lakes are surrounded by trailheads on both sides of the park, which are accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70. Big Lake is the largest and offers canoe and rowboat rentals. All of the lakes and tributaries are open to fishing. Picnic spots surround shelters with fires that can be reserved at both access points. Primitive group campsites, as well as two group campgrounds with cabins, mess halls, and washrooms, are accessible for organizations and nonprofit groups. Overnight group events can be held at the historic Maple Hill Lodge. During the summer, tent camping is available.
Moore Square is a time-honored, historic district in downtown Raleigh that encompasses a one-block radius on all sides of the park/square and old City Market. The neighboring area, which has just been restored into a 21st-century environment, is alive with activity (and nightlife). It's a wonderful combination of old and new, with cobblestone walkways contrasting with modern additions like the new GoRaleigh Transit Station, a multimillion-dollar restoration that serves more than 15,000 commuters every day.
Lake Johnson Park encompasses more than 300 acres of property surrounding a 150-acre lake. Boating (jonboats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and personal launches—non-motorized, non-trailered), picnic shelters, concessions, facility rentals, greenway trails, and a wide range of classes, special events, and recreational opportunities for the entire family are available at the lake/park. The lake is ideal for largemouth bass, shell cracker, crappie, bream, catfish, and carp fishing. Admission is free; however, there is a cost for boat launch and facilities usage.
Lake Wheeler Park
Have you ever visited Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh, North Carolina? Lake Wheeler Park first opened its doors in 1956. They even received assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers! This vast park encompasses 650 acres of lake and 150 acres of parks and land. There are a few activities available at Lake Wheeler. You may rent boats and kayaks, go fishing, walk your dog, walk the trail, and even go fishing! There is also a tiny concession counter where you may purchase beverages and snacks. You may also play sand volleyball on the court! Some of the activities and rentals are seasonal, so make sure to check before you go.
Dorothea Dix Park
Dorothea Dix Park (or Dix Park) is one of the most beautiful spots in Raleigh, yet it's only a half-mile from downtown. It's the city's largest park, at 308 acres, and it's home to wide open fields, stunning meadows, and some of Raleigh's greatest vistas. Dorothea Dix Park is available to the public from sunrise to dark every day. Visit dixpark.org for additional information about park activities and programming, as well as ongoing planning work.
Pullen Park, North Carolina's first public park, is the fifth-oldest operational amusement park in the United States and the 16th oldest in the world! The park is located west of downtown on 66.33 acres of property between Western Blvd. and Hillsborough St., next to North Carolina State University. Dentzel Carousel, which was erected in 1911, the park also has a small railway for guests to ride, a kiddie boat ride for children, and paddle boats (available seasonally) for peaceful rides around the park's lake.
Close To The Beach And Mountains
Raleigh is perfectly situated 3 or so hours away from the beach and mountains. You can get to Wilmington, NC in about 3 hours as well as Boone, NC. This gives Raleigh residents more options to choose from for a vacation! They're even close enough to make it a day trip. Boone, NC is a great place to visit year-round. There is so much nature to see in Boone! If you are an outdoors person, NC is definitely the place for you.
Things To Do In Raleigh
Well, what is there to do in Raleigh? Raleigh has plenty of things to do, including free things to do! All of the NC museums in downtown Raleigh are free. Downtown Raleigh has the NC Museum Of Natural Sciences, Marbles Kids Museum, NC Museum Of Art, and the NC Museum Of History. So you have a few to choose from!
There are also miles of hiking trails throughout the city. The most popular is the greenway trail. This paved trail runs hundred of miles around the city of Raleigh. Some of it even runs along the Nuese River!
Raleigh also has a few areas to shop. The most popular locations people shop at are Crabtree Valley Mall and North Hills. Crabtree Valley Mall was actually just purchased by another company. So we might see some changes to the mall coming soon! There have been multiple attempts to upgrade the Crabtree Valley Mall. If you're looking for more things to do, check this out.
Living In Raleigh
By now you might be wondering, what is it like to live in Raleigh, NC? Raleigh is an excellent area to live, work, play, and educate oneself. North Carolina's capital is frequently ranked among the greatest places to live and cities with the highest quality of life. The cost of living in Raleigh is lower than the national average, and you get more bang for your buck in the City of Oaks than you do in other large metropolitan areas. Raleigh is an excellent spot to further your career. Raleigh has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see - a lengthy history, a thriving cultural scene, superb food, and plenty of open space are all advantages of living in this southern metropolis.
Raleigh continuously has one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Housing values have increased significantly in the last few years and will likely continue. Today's market is plagued with multiple offer situations and over-list price bidding. If you are currently making offers on homes, you know what I am talking about. This competitiveness will continue to drive prices up regardless of interest rates.
Our home prices are still relatively low in comparison to similar cities and similar economies. With many people working from home, buyers are looking a little outside of Raleigh for more affordable homes. But as more people explore these areas the competition will follow.
We do have a lot of new construction homes being built in the area. If you drive around Raleigh and Wake County, you will notice a lot of new neighborhoods coming up. As of today, the average new construction sales price in Raleigh is $480k. This is a 16.4% increase in price since January of 2019.