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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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Raleigh is a city in North Carolina with a population of 457,159. 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 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
457,159

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$236,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,074
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Raleigh Rankings

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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
    8%
    13%

Working in Raleigh

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,891
National
$55,322
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Raleigh keeps their communities, stores, parks and streets clean. They are good for transportation with buses, or taxis. A lot of great public schools, especially colleges for furthering education ( ncstate, methodist, William peace etc). There are several affordable places to live/ enjoy and with family/friends (fun activities). I do know they have free events every month, especially around the holidays. I know Raleigh have many restaurants for vegetarians, meat and sweet lovers. The community is very diverse. Majority of the people I have met are friendly and supportive. There are plenty or non-profits/organizations that helps those that are need for assistance. A lot of volunteering occurs as well which is a blessing. The commute isn't too bad as long as you go with the flow of traffic. The police department do their best to get to those on need during on, off call. Overall, I have to say Raleigh is a great place to live, or visit. Its always something great to do there!
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Raleigh is simply an amazing place to live. There’s always something to do and something new to see! In Raleigh, you don’t have to go out of your way to find anything because it’s all right here. Despite being a big city, Raleigh still keeps its southern charm and hospitality without feeling too overwhelming. The people here will always welcome you with open arms! Another thing to add, Wake County Public Schools is consistently ranked in the top 10 school districts in NC. My children love growing up in Raleigh and we couldn’t have picked a better city to live in!
Need to live somewhere that is family friendly? Diverse? Fun? Has a good school system? Raleigh checks all the boxes! My family was pretty hesitant about moving here, especially coming from out of state. But we have absolutely loved it. Raleigh has everything we need and more. The people here have been nothing but welcoming and everyday I discover new things to do. After living in city after city, my family has found the perfect place to call home.