The Heart of North Carolina
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Besides being the legislative heart of North Carolina, Raleigh is a thriving center for culture, leisure, and entertainment.
The city is made up of a diverse network of neighborhoods and entertainment districts—each with its own culture and flair. You can shop and affordably dine in the open-air spaces of Cameron Village. The Capitol grounds offer stately buildings and historic architecture. Moore Square and Fayetteville Street are always bustling with festivals and outdoor concerts. Dine, dance, see, and be seen in the Glenwood South and Hillsborough Street areas where students, executives, visitors, and locals converge. The area's year-round calendar of events provides unique entertainment opportunities for all interests and ages.
Spectator sports, both college and professional, are always available. Area teams include the Carolina Hurricanes National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Durham Bulls and Carolina Mudcats (MILB) baseball teams, and the Carolina Railhawks (NASL) professional soccer team. Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams in the area include the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, Duke University Blue Devils, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels.
Raleigh is a great place to live, learn and launch a career.
But don't take our word for it. Check out these national surveys and studies that ranked Raleigh as one of the best areas for work and quality of life.
#1 Best City to Live in the Southeast Money Magazine, Sept. 2016
#2 Hottest Spot for Tech Jobs Forbes, Sept. 2016
#3 Best Place for Business and Career Forbes, Oct. 2016
#4 Best Place to Live US News, March 2016
#5 City of the Future Forbes, Jan. 2016