Raleigh, North Carolina 

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+17.4% since 2020

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6.7 / 6.7

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Best Places to Live in Raleigh, North Carolina

College town(s) Mid-sized-city complex - Northeast-central North Carolina, 40 miles south of Virginia border. May, September and October are the most pleasant months in Raleigh, while July and January are the least comfortable months.
State: North Carolina
County: Wake County
Metro Area: Durham-Chapel Hill Metro Area
City: Raleigh
Zip Codes: 27610, 27603, 27616, 27604, 27606, 27613, 27615, 27612, 27614, 27609, 15 total
Cost of Living: 2.3% higher
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 441 ft above sea level
Raleigh, NC Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Median Home ValueHomes less than 10 yrs old
Most Expensive HomesAll Single Family Homes
College-town amenities
Attractive residential areas
Strong economy
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Hot, humid summers

What Bert Has To Say About Durham-Chapel Hill Metro Area

Previously, the so-called “Durham” metro area was part of the larger Research Triangle triumvirate of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. Now Raleigh, and the large suburban enclave of Cary, have been split off into a metro area of that name, leaving the western half of the former metro area under the name Durham. The Durham area includes Chapel Hill, so on the surface, the two major cities in the area are both college towns – Durham is home to Duke University, while Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina. But that’s where the similarities end. Durham is an old tobacco town, not too prosperous, not too interesting but livable. Some of the old tobacco processing plants in town add some historic interest.


The unemployment rate in Raleigh is 4.3% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Raleigh jobs have increased by 3.0%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Raleigh's cost of living is 2.3% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Raleigh's Cost of Living

May, September and October are the most pleasant months in Raleigh, while July and January are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Wake county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 62.3% to 35.8%. More Voting Stats

Raleigh's population is 474,414 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 17.4%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 23.4 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Raleigh is Real Estate: $346,600. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 7.8%.

Raleigh public schools spend $8,256 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15.6 students per teacher in Raleigh. More Education

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Housing Market in Raleigh

It's a good time to buy in Raleigh. Home Appreciation is up 17.3% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Raleigh is $346,600.
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Reviews for Raleigh   220 Reviews
Visit and do your research before you decide - 9/13/2021
I've lived in Raleigh since 1971 so I've definitely seen a lot of changes, some good and some not! I won't say which is which in my review because realistically, we all... Read More
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Think twice before you do it and don't. - 7/12/2021
I've been here 25 years. I can't wait to leave. What was a beautiful, charming, quiet town has turned into a nightmare of hundreds of people moving here every day.... Read More

Bland and Boring - 7/5/2021
I don’t see how Raleigh makes the top best places to live lists. The people are funny acting and job market is only great if you are in IT or Medical/biotech field. Cost... Read More

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27610, 27603, 27616, 27604, 27606, 27613, 27615, 27612, 27614, 27609, 15 total


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