When you think of a big city, it’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle. Take a deep breath and relax—when you first drive into Raleigh, you’ll experience the best of metropolitan life and Southern hospitality.
Raleigh, also known as the City of Oaks, is North Carolina’s illustrious capital city. However, as you’ve probably noticed, it’s not your typical state capital—there’s much more for you to discover. Don’t believe us? We’ve got the inside scoop on what makes Raleigh one of the best places to live.
Top-Rated Shops and Restaurants
Ask any Raleigh resident what they love the most about their city, and they’ll probably mention the scrumptious food and tons of locally owned shops. The City of Oaks has always prided itself on encouraging small business growth, and you’ll find plenty of spots when you take a drive downtown.
Master chef Ashley Christensen is a Raleigh native and restaurateur, and you won’t want to miss out on any of her six restaurants. For a fine dining experience, check out Death & Taxes, which features fire-roasted cuisine. Beasley’s is a quintessential Southern experience, serving up the best fried chicken in the city.
Ready to shop ‘til you drop? You’re in luck—Raleigh is home to some of the Triangle’s coolest malls and family-owned businesses. Just a stone’s throw away from Downtown is Cameron Village, a 5-star shopping and residential community. When you’re looking for the essentials, just head up Glenwood Avenue to Crabtree Valley Mall. Residents love the newly-renovated stores and year-round community events.
A Thriving Job Market
Raleigh isn’t just a place to have fun—you’ll enjoy working here, too. The City of Oaks is the crown jewel of the Research Triangle, which also includes Durham and Chapel Hill. Wondering what all of this means? Think career opportunities—so many, in fact, that Raleigh has been rated as one of the top 10 places to live in the U.S. because of its unbeatable job market.
What give Raleigh’s employees a competitive edge? The stats don’t lie. On average, Raleigh’s 3.4% unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 3.9%. The area’s wages are also quite high, especially when you consider the lower cost of living compared to many other states.
If you’re thinking about making a move to the Triangle, it’s a great place to jump-start your career. Major employers include Cisco, IBM, WakeMed Hospitals, and SAS Institute. Raleigh is also home to some of the South’s finest universities, including Duke and NC State.
Tons of Exciting Events
Have a little downtime? Then it’s time to take advantage of Raleigh’s coolest events! We’ve always got a calendar packed full of super fun activities for everyone in the family. Locals love to check out bar crawls, museum tours, and Downtown food truck rodeos. With so much to do, you’ll never get bored.
If you’re a sports fan, you have to root for some of Raleigh’s hometown teams. The Carolina Hurricanes are one of our favorites, and you’ll find them at the PNC Center during their home games. Go ahead—get a jersey and come support the team! It’s a super fun date night or activity for the kids.
Raleigh also has plenty of festivals, but we’re pretty proud of Dreamville. Hosted by NC native J. Cole, Dreamville is a music extravaganza held every fall at Dix Park. Here, you’ll find tons of A-list artists, including SZA, Nelly, and J. Cole himself. Don’t miss out on this unique experience while supporting the Dreamville Foundation and Dix Park Conservancy.
Ready to Make Raleigh Home?
One visit is all it takes to fall in love with Raleigh, but don’t worry—you won’t have to leave! Buying a home in the Triangle’s thriving market couldn’t be easier with the right team.
Just give the DASH Realty Group a call—we’d love to help you navigate the real estate process and find your dream home! Be sure to check out our in-depth guide to Raleigh and peruse our buyer resources, too.