State government has been Raleigh's principal business since 1792, when it became North Carolina's capital. Just before the Civil War, the city was the setting of the fiery legislative debate that led to North Carolina's secession from the Union in 1861. Raleigh endured Union occupation by General Sherman in 1865, and during Reconstruction saw the west wing of its imposing Grecian Doric capitol building turned into a rowdy barroom by "carpetbagger" and "scalawag" legislators, its steps permanently nicked from whiskey barrels rolling in and out of the building.
Downtown Raleigh has been transformed by an attractive pedestrian mall where trees, fountains, and statuary create a shopping oasis. No fewer than six college campuses dot the city's streets, with wide lawns and impressive brick buildings. The oldest, St. Mary's College, was founded in 1842. The big name in town, though, is North Carolina State University, and cheering for the Wolfpack in basketball or football is more than just an idle pastime. New suburbs and gigantic shopping centers dominate the outskirts of Raleigh, characterized by nicely designed homes blending into a landscape that retains much of its original wooded character.
Victorian mansions and majestic oak trees line Raleigh's graceful boulevards, and North Carolina's capitol has been called "a city within a park." Saved from destruction during the Civil War by a well-timed surrender, Raleigh's preserved history and vibrant technology industry make it a place where the Old South and New South effortlessly intersect. Along with neighbors Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors The Triangle, a region of 1.5 million known for its excellent universities, mild climate and high tech industrial sector.
As the population explosion suggests, real estate and construction in and around Raleigh are abundant, to say the least. The City of Oaks is broken down into five geographic areas: Olde Raleigh, predictably, is home to the city's oldest neighborhoods as well as the City Market, Fayetteville Street Mall, the North Carolina State Capitol and a handful of museums and other attractions; East Raleigh is bordered by the town of Knightdale and lies along the I-440 Beltline, and most of its development is along established thoroughfares like Capitol Blvd. (US 1) and New Bern Ave. (US 64); West Raleigh is home to the North Carolina State University campus and the Municipal Rose Garden, and is bordered to the west by the town of Cary; North Raleigh or outside the beltline is an expansive area that is home to many established neighborhoods and rapidly developing rural areas; South Raleigh is the least developed and populated section of the city, but it too is home to handful of neighborhoods and is growing fast.
Raleigh boasts a number of museums, parks, and events that draw visitors and keep locals busy during their leisure time. Exploris is a new interactive museum focused on world cultures and features the only IMAX Theatre in the state. Others which are more established include the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the North Carolina Museum of History. On pretty days (and in Raleigh there are plenty), visitors can enjoy outdoor sites such as the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, Shelley Lake Park and historic Oakwood, Raleigh's oldest and grandest neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sports fans can check out the Carolina Hurricanes, an NHL team, formerly the Hartford Whalers that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Raleigh's largest event is the North Carolina State Fair, which takes place over ten days every October and draws more than 700,000 visitors.
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Raleigh is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 393,866 people and 55 constituent neighborhoods, Raleigh is the second largest community in North Carolina. Raleigh has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Raleigh, where the median household income is $46,612.
Raleigh real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Raleigh house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Raleigh is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.02% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Raleigh is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Raleigh who work in office and administrative support (14.72%), sales jobs (12.11%) and management occupations (10.76%).
Also of interest is that Raleigh has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Raleigh is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Raleigh have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Raleigh is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Raleigh, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Raleigh is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.
Not only is Raleigh a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Raleigh is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
Raleigh, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Raleigh are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
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