592 reviews
  1. City in North Carolina
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$208,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$926
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    230
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    18
    41
  • Robbery
    141
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    736
    525
  • Theft
    2,163
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,398
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • 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%

Raleigh Reviews

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I am a traveling Registered Nurse that has 13-week contracts in different cities of my choice. I had chosen Raleigh, NC for this contract and have been living here for approximately 12 weeks now. From my experiences of traveling, Raleigh offers great restaurants and nightlife for young professionals. The people, overall, are very welcoming to an outsider and being in a hospital I have come to realize the safety and prestigious areas of the surrounding hospitals. Coming from Denver at one point in my career, I do believe that Raleigh offers less outdoor experiences such as swimming, biking, hiking, and other such activities. Although a few hours from the mountains and water, it does not offer the "here and now" outdoor recreation as other cities such as Denver offer. Overall, I believe Raleigh is a great friendly city to visit for all ages!
My experience living and working in Raleigh is fantastic. The people here are so kind, welcoming, and genuine, and I love being a part of a community of inspiring leaders and entrepreneurs. One of my favorite parts about Raleigh is First Friday, which happens the first Friday of every month. Downtown is hopping with events, performances, art exhibits, and more! I'd love to see more artistic events throughout the normal week, too. Parking can definitely be tough on weekends or during big events, but luckily there are some parking decks to accommodate!
Right now Raleigh is ranked #4 of best cities to live in in the United States. I have been living here since the summer of 1997 and doubt that I will ever leave. This place has grown so much as every season comes and goes. As you watch more buildings pop up and more schools being built you realize how prosperous it has gotten. You can go into a Starbucks, local grocery store, school or doctors office and you can see that this city is a melting pot. There are great restaurants from Vietnamese, Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Japanese; you name it. More families move into Raleigh because it is a safe city for their children and there is a great education system here. We North Carolinian's are very happy and proud to call Raleigh, North Carolina our home!