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Wake County, North Carolina

27601, 27603, 27604, 27605, 27606, 27607, 27608, 27609, 27610, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615

"The State Capital"
"You Can See the Whole State from Here!"
The City of Oaks

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History & History-related items

City Attractions



Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The North Carolina state capital is Raleigh.
The population of Raleigh is approximately 341,530 (2005), 403892 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 112,608 (2000), 162999 (2010).
The amount of land area in Raleigh is 228.269 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Raleigh is 114.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.794 sq kilometers.
The distance from Raleigh to Washington DC is 232 miles.
The distance to the North Carolina state capital is miles. (as the crow flies)
Raleigh is positioned 35.82 degrees north of the equator and 78.65 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Raleigh elevation is 434 feet above sea level.
Raleigh per capita income is $ 24,841.
Raleigh median income is $ 46,612 (2000).
The Raleigh median home price is $ 156,000 (2000).
Raleigh average annual rainfall is 44.7 inches per year
Raleigh average annual snowfall is 2.4 inches per year.
Raleigh average temperature is 59.8 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 47 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 70 degrees F.


in north-central North Carolina not far from Durham. Other nearby communities include Garner, Knightdale, Cary, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Apex and Holly Springs.
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in the rolling terrain of North Carolina's Piedmont region.
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moderate. Here is a local weather forecast phone number: 919-515-8225
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History & History Related Items

Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh who, in the 1580's, wanted to establish the first English Colony on the shores of the new world, but was unsuccessful.
One of its nicknames is "The City of Oaks"

This history summary is from the Raleigh Public Affairs Department:
Chartered in 1792 to serve as the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is among the oldest cities in the United States. It was named to honor Sir Walter Raleigh who, two centuries earlier had sponsored the first English colony to settle in the New World.

Some 60,000 Union troops were quartered in Raleigh when word came of President Lincoln's assassination in April 1865. Torch-carrying troops, bent on revenge, headed downtown. General John Alexander Logan stopped the troops at gunpoint, thus saving Raleigh's downtown. Raleigh remained a rather sleepy state capital until 1959 when an initiative by the State of North Carolina carved out the now world renowned Research Triangle Park just west of the city. This nucleus of research has transformed the city into one of the fastest growing, yet liveable spots to call home in America.
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The founding of Raleigh

1792 as the capital city of North Carolina


The Carolina Hurricanes Hockey club

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-839-NCMA

Raleigh City Museum
220 Fayetteville Street Mall
Briggs Building
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-832-3775

Joel Lane Museum House
Corner of St. Mary's and W. Hargett Streets
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-833-3431
Built in the 1760's, this is Raleigh's oldest residence. Costumed docents help you learn the background and stories of the building.

Capital Area Visitor Center
301 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-733-3456
An information site and rest center for visitors to Raleigh. Tours may also be arranged.

The Carolina Ballet
3101 Glenwood Ave., Suite 265
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-303-6303

The North Carolina Symphony
Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-733-2750

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Things to do in the Greater Raleigh area

Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble
An Annual event held each September.
at Moore Square in Downtown Raleigh

The seventeenth president of the United States -- Andrew Johnson -- was born in Raleigh in 1808.

Birthplace of President Andrew Johnson
Corner of Mimosa St. and Wake Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-834-4844
in the Mordecai Historic Park, see an antebellum plantation house, museum and more. President Johnson's birthplace is preserved here.
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Economy & Industry

with the state capital and at least six colleges in Raleigh, the economy is centered around government and education, but other parts of the economy contribute, just not as greatly.
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Raleigh City Government

City of Raleigh
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh NC 27602


Wake County official Site
A great place to work, live, learn, & play!

Raleigh Historical Events

Raleigh was the host for the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Grames from June 26 to July 4

Raleigh Chamber

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
P.O.Box 2978
Raleigh, NC 27602
800 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-664-7000
Information Requests: 919-664-7004
Fax: 919-664-7097

Raleigh Organizations

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
P.O.Box 2978
Raleigh, NC 27602
800 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-664-7000
Information Requests: 919-664-7004
Fax: 919-664-7097

Raleigh Schools

Wake County Public School System
3600 Wake Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919.850.1600


Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
Phone: 919-760-8600
Toll-free: 1-800-MEREDITH
The largest four-year women's college in the southeast.

North Carolina State University
Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-515-2434
The largest university in North Carolina, it was founded in 1887.

Peace College
15 E. Peace St.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-508-2000
Toll-free: 800-PEACE-47
Founded in 1857 b William Peace and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Peace College is a liberal arts and sciences college for women.

St. Augustine's College
1315 Oakwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-516-4000
Affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church, this is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college.

Shaw University
118 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-546-8200
The oldest historically black unversity in the south, founded in 1865. It is Baptist related and is a four-year liberal arts University.

The Research Triangle Park, consisting of universities in the Raleigh-Durham area is the largest research and development institution in the world. The universities include: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina. All are within 25 miles of each other. The Research Triangle Park has a land mass greater than the state of Rhode Island. Raleigh


The population of Raleigh was:
1950 - 65,679
1970 - 121,577
1990 - 207,951
1995 - 249,079
1996 - 251,609
1998 - 273,011
1999 - 276,030
2000 - 276,093
2005 - 341,530

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