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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Raleigh is a city in North Carolina with a population of 449,477. Raleigh is in Wake County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Raleigh offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Raleigh there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Raleigh and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Raleigh are highly rated.
About Raleigh...
Population
449,477

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$225,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,010
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Raleigh Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    230.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    141
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    735.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,162.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Raleigh

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,505
National
$55,322
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Raleigh Reviews

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Amazing place to raise a family. With the population growing, Raleigh is booming with new start-ups, great restaurants, more housing, and so much more! Living in North Carolina allows you to have instate tuition to amazing public schools such as UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina State University and many more. Raleigh is becoming more innovated as companies and families roll in. I am very fortunate to have been raised in a city with so many opportunities!
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Raleigh is a wonderful, growing city! There are great neighborhoods, delicious restaurants and awesome outdoor activities. Many people are moving from other places as it is a huge area for tech jobs. Also, with three large health systems in the area you can't go wrong with medical care and/or employment in one of the systems! Currently, housing is very affordable compared to many other places around the country. Lastly, both the mountains and the beach are quick trips in the car!
I moved to Raleigh when I was 11 years old, Of course I was nervous coming from New York down to the south I had negative thoughts at first. Then I starting opening up and met a lot of new friends and started joining clubs and school teams. One thing I really did love was the southern hospitality I got down here that was it existing up north, The people were really friendly and actually spoke when we walking past you! I moved away when I was 17 going back up north by shortly with her and when I was 20 to live down here by myself while my parents were still up North. One thing I definitely would change about Riley is creating more entertainment music wise, and some driving laws but other than that it’s a beautiful place to live