Those who live in North Carolina know it is the best place in the world to live! From our stunning natural beauty to our incredible man-made wonders, we’re lucky to call the Tar Heel State ‘home.’ While some prefer to live in one of the state’s picturesque small towns, others love the vibe of a bigger city. If you like an urban atmosphere that offers plenty of green space and a lot of opportunity, you should drop everything and move to Raleigh. Here’s why.
1. Our capital city is a pretty fabulous place to live.
With around 450,000 residents, it's just the right size - large enough to offer all the many amenities of a big city, but small enough to maintain a low crime rate, plenty of green space and more of a "hometown" feeling than a city with millions.
2. Raleigh is the third best city in the country for young families.
We think it's actually the BEST city for young families, but the site Value Penguin ranked us third in the nation based on 16 criteria. Raleigh is a great place when it comes to outdoor recreation, housing, safety and the availability of healthcare.
3. Raleigh is a top moving destination.
United Van Lines ranked Raleigh fifth in the nation for the number of moves into the city. With neighborhoods like this, it's easy to see why people want to move here.
4. Did we mention Raleigh's undeniable beauty?
We might be biased, but we can't help but think that Raleigh easily qualifies as one of the prettiest cities anywhere.
5. Indeed.com says that Raleigh is the second easiest city in the country to find a job.
If you need a job, Raleigh is your place! Our city came in second in the nation, right behind San Jose, CA. That ranking was based on the number of available job listings.
6. Looking for a tech job? Raleigh is the perfect place.
The New York Times notes that the number of tech jobs in Raleigh increased over 38 percent between 2010 and 2015. It's the second-highest increase in the country, right after San Francisco. Coders and techies are happy here indeed.
7. We have some of the coolest museums, hands down.
Sure, lots of cities have a Natural Science Museum, but does theirs look this awesome?
8. Money Magazine named Raleigh the "Best Big City in the Southeast."
Raleigh made the list because of its parks and green spaces, housing, low crime and excellent schools. Money Magazine also pointed out that the many transportation options in the city make it easy to get from here to there.
9. Forbes ranks Raleigh 3rd in the nation for young professionals.
If you're just getting your career started, Raleigh is perfect. You'll enjoy low unemployment, good pay and excellent growth opportunities here. And, you'll find a thriving social scene with lots of other people your age who are starting their careers, too.
10. If you've served our country, Raleigh is one of your best choices.
WalletHub.com pulled data from 100 U.S. cities to find out which are the best for veterans, and Raleigh ranked 8th. Factors included access to medical care, number of jobs related to military skills, economic wellness and educational opportunities for those returning from deployment. Raleigh loves our veterans, and is proud to offer plenty of opportunities for them when they return from overseas.