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|Nickname: City of Oaks|
|Motto: You Can See the Whole State from Here|
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Raleigh (pronounced IPA: /ˈrɔːliː/ raw-lee or IPA: /ˈrɑːliː/ rah-lee) is the capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA. The Eastern Time Zone ( ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of North America and the west coast of South America UTC−5 is the Time offset used in the North American Eastern Time Zone during Standard time and in the North American Central Time Zone during Daylight saving time ( DST UTC−4 is the Time offset used in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone in Canada in winter and the North American Eastern Time Zone during Federal Information Processing Standards ( FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government for use by all non-military The Geographic Names Information System ( GNIS) is a database that contains name and locative information about more than two million physical and cultural features located throughout North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States List of North Carolina County seats Alamance County - Graham Alexander County - Taylorsville Wake County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees. The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of about 400 species of Trees and Shrubs in the Genus Quercus (from Latin It has a 2006 estimated population of approximately 356,321, making it the second most populous in North Carolina, after Charlotte.  The estimated population on January 1, 2008 was 374,320 making Raleigh the 15th fastest growing city in the United States. New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange counties in North Carolina and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. Research Triangle Park ( RTP) is the largest Research park in the United States The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Raleigh-Durham-Cary in the central Piedmont. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census Table of United States Combined Statistical AreasThe United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,635,974 as of July 1, 2007, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) portion estimated at 994,551 residents. "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas|Table of United States Core Based Statistical AreasIn the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB has produced 
While almost all of Raleigh is located within Wake County, a small portion of the city extends into neighboring Durham County. Wake County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Durham County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. The towns of Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Clayton, and Knightdale are some of Raleigh's nearby suburbs. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U Garner is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States and a suburb of Raleigh. Wake Forest is a town in Wake and Franklin counties in the US Holly Springs is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Clayton is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. Knightdale is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California.
In 2008, Forbes magazine named Raleigh no. Forbes is an American Publishing and media company Its flagship publication Forbes magazine is published bi-weekly 1 out of the "Top 200 Best Places For Business And Careers. "
In December 1770, Joel Lane petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly to create a new county. The Joel Lane House, built between 1760 and 1770 is a historic restored home and museum located in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of the U A month later, the bill authorizing the formation of Wake County passed. The county was formed from portions of Cumberland, Orange and Johnston counties and named after Margaret Wake Tryon, the wife of Governor William Tryon. Cumberland County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Orange County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Johnston County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. William Tryon ( June 8, 1729 – January 27, 1788) was colonial Governor of the Province of North Carolina (1765-1771 and The first county seat was Bloomsbury.
Raleigh was chosen as the site of a new state capital in 1788, and it was officially established in 1792 as both the new county seat and the new state capital. Year 1788 ( MDCCLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap Year 1792 ( MDCCXCII) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year The city was named in November 1792 for Sir Walter Raleigh, sponsor of the Colony of Roanoke, the "Lost Colony," commemorated at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Sir Walter Raleigh or Ralegh (c 1552 – 29 October 1618 was a famed English writer Poet, Soldier, Courtier and Explorer The Lost Colony' redirects here For other uses see Lost Colony (disambiguation. Roanoke Island is an island in Dare County near the coast of North Carolina, United States.
The city's location was chosen, in part, for being within ten miles (16 km) of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, which was known to be popular with the state legislators of the time. In the United States of America, a state legislature is a generic term referring to the legislative body of any of the country's 50 states. No known city or town had existed on the site before it was chosen as the capital. Raleigh is among the few cities in the United States that was planned and built specifically to serve as a state capital. In countries with federal Constitutions divided into subnational entities known as states, the state capital is the administrative center Its original boundaries were formed by North, East, West and South streets.
The North Carolina General Assembly first met in Raleigh in December 1794, and within one month, the legislators officially granted the city a charter, with a board of seven appointed commissioners (elected by the city after 1803) and an "Intendant of Police" (which would eventually become the office of Mayor) to govern it. The North Carolina General Assembly is the state legislature of the U A charter is the grant of authority or rights stating that the granter formally recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights specified Commissioner is a designation that may be used for a variety of official positions especially referring to a high-ranked public (administrative or Police) official or an analogous The title of intendant (intendant Spanish intendente) has been used in a number of countries through history This is a list of Mayors of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1857 (when a new charter was established for the city replacing the original 1795 In 1799, the N. C. Minerva and Raleigh Advertiser became the first newspaper published in Raleigh.  John Haywood was the first Intendant of Police. John Haywood (born Edgecombe County North Carolina, February 23 1754; died Raleigh, Wake County North Carolina, November 18 
In 1808 Andrew Johnson, the nation’s seventeenth President, was born at Casso’s Inn (since moved to the Mordecai Square Historic Park) located between Morgan, Fayetteville and Willington streets. Andrew Johnson (December 29 1808 – July 31 1875 was the seventeenth President of the United States (1865-69 succeeding to the Presidency upon the assassination The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by The Mordecai House, built in 1785 is a registered historical landmark and museum in Raleigh North Carolina that is the centerpiece of the Mordecai Square Historic Park His father, Jacob Johnson, was a porter at the State Bank of North Carolina, the oldest surviving commercial building in Raleigh. Jacob Johnson (1778– January 4 1812) was the father of Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth President of the United States. The State Bank of North Carolina is the oldest surviving commercial building in Raleigh, North Carolina and was the first state-sponsored banking institution The city's first water supply network was completed in 1818, although due to system failures the project was abandoned. A water supply network is a system of engineered Hydrologic and Hydraulic components including the watershed or geographic area that collects The next year saw the arrival of Raleigh's first volunteer fire company and in 1821 a full-time fire company was formed. Firefighters are rescuers extensively trained primarily to put out hazardous Fires that threaten civilian populations and property to rescue people from car accidents collapsed On June 23, 1831 a fire destroyed the State Capitol. Events 1180 - First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan 1305 - The Flemish Year 1831 ( MDCCCXXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a The North Carolina State Capitol is the capitol building of the U Reconstruction began two years later with quarried granite being delivered by the first railroad in the state. Granite (ˈɡrænɪt is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, Felsic, igneous rock. Raleigh celebrated the completions of the new Capitol and new Raleigh & Gaston Railroad Company in 1840. Below is a list of railroads that were bought leased or in other ways had their track come under ownership or control by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad or one of its predecessors
In 1853, the first State Fair was organized by the North Carolina Agricultural Society and held at a site east of Raleigh. The North Carolina State Fair is an annual Fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department The first institution of higher learning in Raleigh, Peace College, was established in 1858. Peace College is a small liberal arts women's college located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The Peace College Main Building was used as a military hospital during the Civil War. Peace College Main Building is the focal point of the Peace College Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. A hospital is an institution for Health care providing treatment by specialised staff and equipment and often but not always providing for Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South After the War began, Governor Zebulon Baird Vance ordered the construction of breastworks around the city as protection from Union troops. Zebulon Baird Vance ( May 13, 1830 April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, twice A breastwork is a Fortification. The term is usually applied to temporary fortifications often an earthwork thrown up to breast height to provide protection to defenders firing The Union Army was the army that fought for the Union during the American Civil War. During General Sherman's Carolinas Campaign, Raleigh was captured by Union cavalry under the command of General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick on April 13, 1865. The Carolinas Campaign was the final campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. The Cavalry (from French cavalerie) is the second oldest of the Combat Arms, and as Soldiers or Warriors who fought mounted on Hugh Judson Kilpatrick ( January 14, 1836 &ndash December 4, 1881) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople Year 1865 ( MDCCCLXV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year After the Confederate calvary retreated west to move their wounded soldiers and remaining supplies, the Union soldiers followed, leading to the Battle of Morrisville. The War Department was established by the Confederate Congress in an act on February 21, 1861. The Battle at Morrisville Station was fought April 13 &ndash 15, 1865 in Morrisville North Carolina during the Carolinas Campaign  The city was spared significant destruction during the War, but due to the economic problems of the post-war period and Reconstruction, it grew little over the next several decades.
With emancipation after the war, African-Americans in Raleigh were able to be educated and became involved in local politics. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa With the help of the Freedmen's Bureau, whose regional offices were housed at Peace College's Main Building, many freedmen migrated from rural areas to Raleigh to have a chance at city opportunities and live in a community. The Bureau of Refugees Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (usually referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau) was a U A freedman is a former slave who has been manumitted or emancipated. Shaw University, began classes in 1865, making it the first historically black college established in the South. Shaw University is a private historically black university located in Raleigh North Carolina, USA with its College of Adult Professional Education Located in the East Raleigh-South Park Historic District, it was chartered in 1875. The East Raleigh-South Park Historic District is the largest African-American neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. Shaw's Estey Hall was the first building constructed for the higher education of black women. Estey Hall is a historic building on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Higher education is Education that is provided by universities, vocational universities, Community colleges Liberal arts colleges Established in 1881, Leonard Medical Center of Shaw University was the first four-year medical school in the country for African-Americans, as well the first four-year medical school in North Carolina. Leonard Hall is a historic educational building located on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Medical education A medical school or faculty of medicine is a Tertiary educational institution—or part of such an institution—that teaches Medicine With the government and educational institutions, a substantial black professonal class began to develop in the city.
In 1867, Episcopal clergy founded St. Augustine's College for the education of freedmen. The Episcopal Church is the official name of the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States. Saint Augustine's College is a Historically black college located in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. A free Negro or free black is the term used prior to the abolition of slavery in the United States to describe African Americans who were not Slaves In 1869 the Reconstruction state legislature approved setting up the nation’s first school for blind and deaf African Americans, which opened in Raleigh.
In 1868 Governor William Woods Holden appointed new Raleigh Commissioners, including the first African Americans who served in that position: James Henry Harris, editor of the North Carolina Republican and Handy Lockhart. William Woods Holden (November 24 1818 – March 1 1892 was the Governor of North Carolina in 1865 and from 1868 to 1871 Black professionals began to build homes in the area, then known as the Third Ward. The Pope House, built by Dr. The Pope House Museum, built in 1901 is a restored home once owned by Dr Pope, is one of the few remaining examples of these homes. St. Paul A.M.E. Church, built in 1884, was the first independent congregation of African Americans in Raleigh. The St Paul AME Church is a historic Gothic Revival style African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the oldest black church in Wake County. 
In 1874, the first Federal Government project in the South following the Civil War was the Federal Building constructed in downtown Raleigh. The federal government of the United States is the central United States Governmental body established by the United States Constitution. The Federal Building, also known as the Century Post Office, is a historic building located on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, North Carolina In 1880, the News and Observer combined to form The News & Observer. The News & Observer is the regional daily newspaper of the Research Triangle area of the U During the 1880s, Fayetteville Street was paved, land was donated for Pullen Park, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce was formed. Fayetteville street is a street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Pullen Park is a public park in Raleigh, North Carolina west of downtown adjacent to the campus of North Carolina State University, between A chamber of commerce (also referred to in some circles as a board of trade) is a form of Business network.
Additional educational institutions were added in the late 19th century, helping build the middle class in Raleigh. The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now known as North Carolina State University) was founded in 1887 as a land-grant college. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Land-grant universities (also called land-grant colleges or land grant institutions) are institutions of higher education in the United States that have In 1894, Rex Hospital opened, with a nursing school that was the first in the state. Rex Hospital is Raleigh North Carolina 's oldest hospital founded by a bequeath from John T Baptist Female University (now known as Meredith College) opened in 1891. Meredith College is a liberal arts women's college located in Raleigh North Carolina.
As a sign of its self-promotion, in 1899 Raleigh adopted a city flag. The city flag was created as a reciprocal gift to the USS Raleigh, after the crew of the cruiser presented the city with a small cannon captured during the Spanish-American War. The cannon now sits on the front lawn of the Fire Department’s Keeter Training Center.  Raleigh residents flocked to see another sign of progress with construction of the city's first skyscraper, the Tucker Building. A skyscraper is a tall continuously habitable Building. There is no official definition or a precise cutoff height above which a building may clearly be classified as a skyscraper
In 1900 the white-dominated state legislature followed the example of other Southern states and passed a new constitution, with provisions for voter registration that effectively disfranchised most blacks and many poor whites. The Southern United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South &mdashconstitutes a large distinctive Every state in the United States possesses its own constitution Disenfranchisement or disfranchisement is the revocation of the right of Suffrage (the right to vote to a person or group of people or rendering a person's vote Added to earlier statutory restrictions, the state succeeded in reducing black voting to zero by 1908. Among the numerous ill effects was that after a decade of white supremacy, whites lost memory of and appreciation for the thriving black middle class that was developing in cities such as Raleigh. The black middle class, sometimes referred to as Buppie, refers to African Americans who occupy a middle class status within the American class structure  It was not until 1965 that most blacks in North Carolina would again be able to vote, sit on juries and serve in local offices.
In 1912, Bloomsbury Park opened with the now historic carousel being the most popular ride. The Pullen Park Carousel is a classic wood Carousel at Pullen Park in Raleigh North Carolina. The next year Raleigh citizens adopted the commission form of government. During the World War I time period, an influenza epidemic killed 288 citizens in Raleigh and the state lost a total of 5,799 men in the War, the third highest in the nation. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All
In 1922, WLAC signed on from then-N. C. State College (now N. C. State University) as the city's first radio station, though it left the air two years later. WFBQ signed on in 1924, became WPTF in 1927 and is Raleigh's oldest continuous radio broadcaster.
Curtiss-Wright Flying Field opened in 1929, making it the first airport in the city. That same year, the stock market crash that led to the Great Depression resulted in six Raleigh banks closing. A stock market crash is a sudden dramatic decline of Stock prices across a significant cross-section of a Stock market. 
During the difficult 1930s, the city provided recreational and educational programs, and hired people for public works projects. In 1932, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium was dedicated. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the main venue for the Performing arts in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina Symphony, founded the same year, performed in its new home with Cab Calloway and his orchestra playing at the dedication. The North Carolina Symphony is an American orchestra based in Raleigh North Carolina, with sixty-nine full time musicians Cabell "Cab" Calloway III ( December 25, 1907 &ndash November 18, 1994) was a famous American Jazz Singer The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the Crabtree Creek Recreational Demonstration area (now known as William B. Umstead State Park) from 1934 to 1937. Civilian Conservation Corps ( CCC) was a Work relief program for young men from unemployed families established on March 21, 1933, by U William B Umstead State Park is a North Carolina state park in Wake County, North Carolina in the United States. In 1939 the General Assembly chartered the Raleigh-Durham Aeronautical Authority to build a larger airport to be convenient for both Raleigh and Durham. The result was Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where the first commercial flight took off on May 1, 1943 by Eastern Air Lines. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located nine miles (14 Events 305 - Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Air Lines was a major United States Airline that existed from the late 1920s until 1991
As a center of government, businesses and colleges, Raleigh had long had an educated and politically sophisticated black middle class. Despite state constitutional provisions that had disfranchised most black voters since the early 1900s, the Negro Voters League was formed in 1931 to promote black voter registration; by 1946 they had succeeded in getting 7,000 black voters in the city registered.  In 1947, Raleigh citizens adopted a council-manager form of government, the current form. In the council-manager form of government an elected city council (typically between five and 11 people is responsible for making Policy, passing Ordinances voting Appropriations
Although located a few hours from the coast, Raleigh still experienced significant damage from Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Hurricane Hazel was the worst Hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season and one of the worst hurricanes of the 20th century Two years later, WRAL-TV became the first local television station. WRAL-TV, channel 5 is a Television station in Raleigh North Carolina. With the opening of the Research Triangle Park in 1957, Raleigh began to experience a faster population increase and by the end of the decade the population was reaching 100,000. Research Triangle Park ( RTP) is the largest Research park in the United States 
As the Raleigh City Museum states:
No other national event impacted Raleigh more profoundly than the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s. The Raleigh City Museum is a local history museum associated with Raleigh, North Carolina. After years of Jim Crow rule in the South, local students and activists - through marches, lunch counter sit-ins and public protests - helped give rise to fundamental social change as new laws were enacted to protect the rights of all citizens. The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws enacted primarily but not exclusively in the Southern and border states of the United States between 1876 and 1965
Following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, political participation and voting by African Americans increased rapidly. Background See also [[Disfranchisement after the Civil War]] The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865 after the Civil War, abolished and prohibited In 1967 Clarence E. Lightner, a well-regarded community leader, was elected to the City Council. Clarence E Lightner ( August 15, 1921 &ndash July 8, 2002) was the first popularly elected Mayor of Raleigh, North In October 1973 Lightner was elected Raleigh’s first mayor by popular vote. He was also the first African American elected mayor of a southern state capital, and the first African American elected mayor by an electorate that was predominantly white (84 percent of the population. )
After 10 years of discussions, the Raleigh City and Wake County schools merged in 1976 to become the Wake County Public School System, now the largest school system in the state and 19th largest in the country. The Wake County Public School System is a Public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina. Population increases led to highway construction to try to improve traffic flow. During the 1970s and 1980s, the I-440 beltline was constructed, easing traffic congestion and providing access to most major roads throughout the city. Interstate 440 (abbreviated I-440) in North Carolina, also known as the Raleigh Beltline and the Cliff Benson Beltline, is a 16 The first Raleigh Convention Center (replaced in 2008) and Fayetteville Street Mall were both opened in 1977. The Raleigh Convention Center is a convention and exhibition facility located in downtown Raleigh North Carolina that will open in September 2008 Fayetteville Street was turned into a pedestrian-only street to try to spur business growth, but the plan was flawed and business declined. 
In 1991 the two largest skyscrapers in Raleigh were completed, First Union Capital Center and Two Hanover Plaza. In addition, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre opened and First Night Raleigh, an annual New Year's Eve celebration, was first celebrated. The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek is an outdoor Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina that specializes in hosting large Concerts Two years later, the city suffered a major drought that resulted in Falls Lake, the primary source of water for Raleigh, to reach its all-time low. Falls Lake is a 12500 acre (51 km² artificial lake located in Durham, Wake, and Granville counties in North Carolina, USA. In 1996, the Olympic Torch spent the night in Raleigh while on its way to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and was welcomed with a large celebration. The Olympic Flame or Olympic Torch is a Symbol of the Olympic Games. The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International That same year, Hurricane Fran struck the area, causing massive flooding and structural damage. Hurricane Fran was a powerful Cape Verde-type hurricane of the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season that made landfall near Cape Fear in North Carolina In 1999, The RBC Center arena opened in to provide a venue for the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes and NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team. This article is about the indoor arena in Raleigh NC For the office tower in Toronto Ontario see RBC Centre. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional Ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The NC State Wolfpack men's Basketball team represents North Carolina State University in NCAA Division I men's basketball 
Raleigh started out the new millennium with a storm that dropped 25. 7 inches of snow, the largest snowfall in the city's recorded history. In 2001, the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium complex was expanded with the addition of the BTI Center for the Performing Arts, Meymandi Concert Hall, Fletcher Opera Theater, Kennedy Theatre, Betty Ray McCain Gallery and Lichtin Plaza. Deltacom Inc ( formerly ITC^DeltaCom Inc is a regional CLEC operating in the Southern United States.  Fayetteville Street was reopened to vehicular traffic in 2006, and the main street was also developed with a new high-rise office building, condos and restaurants. In 2008, the Fayetteville Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Fayetteville Street Historic District in Raleigh, North Carolina is a Historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP is the United States government's official list of districts sites buildings structures and objects deemed worthy of
During the first eight years of the new decade, Raleigh's population grew by 100,000 people (35%), causing increased traffic problems and school shortages. With the opening of parts of I-540, a new 70-mile loop around Wake County, traffic congestion was eased, although the complete loop will not be finished for at least another 15 years. Interstate 540 (abbreviated I-540) is the designation for the northern completed part of the Perimeter loop To address the school shortage, many public schools were switched to year-round schedules and temporary buildings were constructed to accommodate the nearly 7,000 new public school students enrolling each year. Year-round schools are educational institutions based on a schedule that has school throughout most of the calendar year as opposed to having no school in summer A portable classroom (in Australian English a demountable and often referred to as a Terrapin or a "Portakabin" in the UK and Ireland 
Raleigh operates under a council-manager government. The North Carolina State Capitol is the capitol building of the U In the council-manager form of government an elected city council (typically between five and 11 people is responsible for making Policy, passing Ordinances voting Appropriations The city council consists of eight members; all seats, including the mayor's, are open for election every two years. Five of the council seats are district representatives and two seats are citywide representatives elected at-large. At-Large is a designation for representative members of a governing body who are Elected or appointed to represent the whole membership of the body (for example a city state Historically, Raleigh voters have tended to elect conservative Democrats in local, state, and national elections, a holdover from their one-party system of the late 19th century. In American politics, a conservative Democrat is a Democratic Party member with conservative political views
In 2007, 22 murders or non-negligent cases of manslaughter were reported within Raleigh's city limits, per the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports. Charles Meeker is the Democratic mayor of Raleigh North Carolina, USA. This is a list of Mayors of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1857 (when a new charter was established for the city replacing the original 1795 Murder is the unlawful killing of another human person with Malice aforethought, as defined in Common Law countries Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being in a manner considered by law as less culpable than Murder. ----The term city limits (or city boundary) refers to the defined boundary of a City. The Uniform Crime Reports ( UCR) contain official data on crime that is reported to law enforcement agencies across the country who then provide the data to the
Mayor Charles Meeker is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets. Charles Meeker is the Democratic mayor of Raleigh North Carolina, USA. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition is a coalition of Mayors from 225 different United States cities, with a stated goal of "making the public safer In a Two-party system (such as in the United States) bipartisan refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a " The coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the mayor of Boston Massachusetts, United States and the city's first The City of New York Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman and the Mayor of New York City.
Raleigh averages a rate of 469. 2 motor vehicle thefts per year per 100,000 residents, below the average rate of 528. 4 motor vehicle thefts per year per 100,000 residents for all metropolitan areas in North Carolina.
According to the Uniform Crime Reports, crime in Raleigh has steadily decreased in recent years. In 2004, there were 580 reported incidents of violent crime and 3,768 reported incidents of property crime reported per 100,000 population. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " A violent crime or crime of violence is a Crime in which the offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon the victim Property crime is a category of Crime that includes among other crimes Burglary, Larceny, Theft, Motor vehicle theft, Arson Nationally there were 466 violent crimes and 3,517 property crimes reported per 100,000 population, while U. S. cities with a population between 250,000 and 500,000 residents reported 978 violent crimes and 5,631 property crimes per 100,000 population, all well above Raleigh's reported rate.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Raleigh occupies a total area of 115. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 6 square miles (299. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 3 km²), of which 114. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 6 square miles (296. 8 km²) is dry land and 1. 0 square miles (2. 5 km²)(0. 84%) is covered by water.
Raleigh is located in the northeast central region of North Carolina, where the North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet. Piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the main Appalachian Mountains, stretching The Atlantic Coastal Plain is the flat stretch of land that borders the Atlantic Ocean (including the Gulf of Mexico) This area is known as the "fall line" because it marks the elevation inland at which waterfalls begin to appear in creeks and rivers. In Geomorphology, a fall line (at times referred to as a fall zone) marks the area where an upland region (continental Bedrock) and a Coastal plain As a result, most of Raleigh features gently rolling hills that slope eastward toward the state's flat coastal plain. Its central Piedmont location situates Raleigh about three hours west of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, by car and four hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachian range. Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. The Great Smoky Mountains are a major Mountain range in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, the second ridge line forming a north-south running mountain The Appalachian Mountains ( often called the Appalachians, are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. The city is 145 miles (233 km) from Richmond, Virginia; 232 miles (373 km) from Washington, D.C.; and 143 miles (230 km) from Charlotte, North Carolina. This article is about the city of Richmond the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D
Raleigh enjoys a moderate subtropical climate, with moderate temperatures in the spring, fall, and winter. The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Summers are typically hot with high humidity. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air In daily language the term "humidity" is normally taken to mean Relative humidity. Winter highs generally range in the low 50s°F (10 to 13°C) with lows in the low-to-mid 30s°F (-2 to 2°C), although an occasional 60°F (15°C) or warmer winter day is not uncommon. Fahrenheit is a temperature scale named after Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686–1736 a German Physicist who proposed it in 1724 The Celsius Temperature scale was previously known as the centigrade scale. Spring and fall days usually reach the low-to-mid 70s°F (low 20s°C), with lows at night in the lower 50s°F (10 to 14°C). Summer daytime highs often reach the upper 80s to low 90s°F (29 to 35°C). The rainiest months are July and August.
Raleigh receives an average of 4. 6" of snow in winter. "Snowfall" redirects here For other uses see Snow (disambiguation or Snowfall (disambiguation. Freezing rain and sleet occur most winters, and occasionally the area experiences a major damaging ice storm. Freezing rain is a type of precipitation that begins as Snow at higher altitude falling from a Cloud towards earth melts completely on its way down while passing An ice storm is a type of Winter storm characterized by Freezing rain.
|Climate in Raleigh|
|Avg °F (°C)||41. 4°F (5. 2°C)||43. 5°F (6. 4°C)||51. 0°F (10. 6°C)||60. 0°F (15. 6°C)||68. 0°F (20. 0°C)||75. 4°F (24. 1°C)||78. 9°F (26. 1°C)||77. 4°F (25. 2°C)||71. 9°F (22. 2°C)||61. 1°F (16. 2°C)||51. 9°F (11. 1°C)||43. 3°F (6. 3°C)||60. 3°F (15. 7°C)|
|Avg high °F (°C)||51. 1°F (10. 6°C)||53. 9°F (12. 2°C)||62. 0°F (16. 7°C)||71. 7°F (22. 1°C)||79. 0°F (26. 1°C)||85. 9°F (29. 9°C)||88. 7°F (31. 5°C)||87. 0°F (30. 6°C)||81. 7°F (27. 6°C)||71. 8°F (22. 1°C)||62. 4°F (16. 9°C)||53. 0°F (11. 7°C)||70. 7°F (21. 5°C)|
|Avg low °F (°C)||31. 7°F|
|33. 0°F (0. 6°C)||39. 9°F (4. 4°C)||48. 3°F (9. 1°C)||57. 1°F (13. 9°C)||65. 0°F (18. 3°C)||69. 1°F (20. 6°C)||67. 8°F (19. 9°C)||62. 1°F (16. 7°C)||50. 4°F (10. 2°C)||41. 5°F (5. 3°C)||33. 5°F (0. 8°C)||49. 9°F (9. 9°C)|
|Average Rain (inches)||3. 6in.||3. 5in.||3. 9in.||3. 1in.||3. 8in.||4. 1in.||4. 9in.||4. 6in.||4. 1in.||3. 2in.||3. 1in.||3. 3in.||45. 3in.|
|Snow (inches)||1. 8in.||1. 3in.||0. 8in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 0in.||0. 6in.||4. 6in.|
|Sources for climate statistics: Southeast Regional Climate Center (Raleigh - NC State University)|
Raleigh is divided into six major geographic areas, each of which use a Raleigh address and a ZIP code that begins with the digits 276. The following is a list of neighborhoods in Raleigh North Carolina. The ZIP code is the system of Postal codes used by the United States Postal Service (USPS
Old Raleigh ("Inside the Beltline") is home to historic neighborhoods and buildings such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel built in the early 20th century, the restored City Market, the Fayetteville Street downtown business district, as well as the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State Capitol, Peace College, the Raleigh City Museum, Raleigh Convention Center, Shaw University, and Saint Augustine's College. Fayetteville street is a street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, USA The Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel is the oldest surviving hotel building in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fayetteville street is a street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, USA The North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( NCMNS) is located in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina State Capitol is the capitol building of the U Peace College is a small liberal arts women's college located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. The Raleigh City Museum is a local history museum associated with Raleigh, North Carolina. The Raleigh Convention Center is a convention and exhibition facility located in downtown Raleigh North Carolina that will open in September 2008 Shaw University is a private historically black university located in Raleigh North Carolina, USA with its College of Adult Professional Education The neighborhoods in Old Raleigh include Cameron Park, Boylan Heights, Country Club Hills, Five Points, Glenwood, Brooklyn, Hayes Barton, Moore Square, Mordecai, Belvidere Park, Woodcrest, and Oakwood.
East Raleigh is situated roughly from Capital Boulevard near the I-440 beltline to New Hope Road. Interstate 440 (abbreviated I-440) in North Carolina, also known as the Raleigh Beltline and the Cliff Benson Beltline, is a 16 Most of East Raleigh's development is along primary corridors such as U.S. Route 1 (Capital Boulevard), New Bern Avenue, Poole Road, Buffaloe Road, and New Hope Road. US Route 1 (US 1 is a major north-south US Highway that serves the East Coast of the United States. Neighborhoods in East Raleigh include Brentwood, New Hope, and Wilder's Grove. The area is bordered to the east by the suburban town of Knightdale. Knightdale is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States.
West Raleigh lies along Hillsborough Street and Western Boulevard. Hillsborough Street is a prominent business and cultural Thoroughfare through Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The area is bordered to the west by suburban Cary. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U It is home to North Carolina State University, Meredith College, Pullen Park, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Cameron Village, Lake Johnson, the North Carolina Museum of Art and historic Saint Mary's School. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Meredith College is a liberal arts women's college located in Raleigh North Carolina. Pullen Park is a public park in Raleigh, North Carolina west of downtown adjacent to the campus of North Carolina State University, between Pullen Memorial Baptist Church is an 850-member Baptist church located in Raleigh, North Carolina, US, that has a decades-long tradition of progressive Cameron Village was the first Planned community to be developed in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Art is an Art museum that houses the art collections of North Carolina. Primary thoroughfares serving West Raleigh, in addition to Hillsborough Street, are Avent Ferry Road, Blue Ridge Road, and Western Boulevard.
North Raleigh is an expansive, diverse, and fast-growing area of the city that is home to a large number of established neighborhoods along with many newly built subdivisions. The area generally falls North of the I-440 beltline. It is primarily suburban with numerous large shopping areas such as the recently renovated North Hills Mall, the large Crabtree Valley Mall and regional Triangle Town Center. North Hills, formerly (and still unofficially known as North Hills Mall or North Hills Mall & Plaza is a mixed use shopping area in Raleigh North Carolina Crabtree Valley Mall is a regional mall located in Raleigh North Carolina. Triangle Town Center is a Shopping mall in Raleigh, North Carolina. Primary neighborhoods and subdivisions in North Raleigh include Bedford, Bent Tree, Brookhaven, Crossgate, Falls River, North Hills, North Ridge, Stonebridge, Stone Creek, Stonehenge, Wakefield, Windsor Forest, and Wood Valley. The area is served by numerous primary transportation corridors including Glenwood Avenue (U. S. Route 70), Wake Forest Road, Millbrook Road, Lynn Road, Six Forks Road, Spring Forest Road, Creedmoor Road, Leesville Road, and Strickland Road, as well as the Interstate-540 Northern Wake Expressway. Six Forks Road is a major north-south thoroughfare in Raleigh North Carolina. Creedmoor Road is a major thoroughfare in Raleigh North Carolina that for most of its length is shared by North Carolina Highway 50.
South Raleigh is located along U.S. 401 South toward Fuquay-Varina and along US 70 into suburban Garner. US Route 401 is a spur of US Route 1 located within the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. Fuquay-Varina (ˈfju kweɪ vəˈriːnə is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. US Route 70 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 2385 miles (3838 km from eastern North Carolina to east-central Arizona. Garner is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States and a suburb of Raleigh. This area is the least developed and least dense area of Raleigh (much of the area lies within the Swift Creek watershed district where development rules limit housing densities and construction), South Raleigh is home to the only remaining gristmill in Wake County, the historic Yates Mill. A gristmill or grist mill is a building where Grain is ground into Flour, or the grinding mechanism itself Wake County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Yates Mill is a fully restored circa 1756 Gristmill located five miles (8 km south of downtown Raleigh North Carolina. The area is bordered to the west by Cary, to the east by Garner, and to the southwest by Holly Springs. Cary (ˈkeər'i is a town in Wake and Chatham counties in the U Garner is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States and a suburb of Raleigh. Holly Springs is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Neighborhoods in South Raleigh include Lake Wheeler, Swift Creek, Riverbrooke, and Enchanted Oaks.
Southeast Raleigh is bounded by downtown on the west, Garner on the southwest, and rural Wake County to the southeast. Garner is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States and a suburb of Raleigh. Wake County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. The area includes areas along Rock Quarry Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and New Bern Avenue. This area is very diverse, with new suburban developments to poor inner-city neighborhoods. Many of the older neighborhoods are historically black and date back to the end of the Civil War. Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South Neighborhoods include Chavis Heights, Raleigh Country Club, Southgate, and Biltmore Hills. Walnut Creek Amphitheatre (also called Alltel Pavilion) is one of Raleigh's major outdoor concert venues and is located on Rock Quarry Road. The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek is an outdoor Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina that specializes in hosting large Concerts
Raleigh's industrial base includes electrical, medical, electronic and telecommunications equipment; clothing and apparel; food processing; paper products; and pharmaceuticals. Raleigh is part of North Carolina's Research Triangle, one of the country's largest research parks and a major center in the United States for high-tech and biotech research, as well as textile development. High tech is Technology that is at the cutting edge —the most advanced technology currently available Biotechnology is Technology based on Biology, especially when used in Agriculture, Food science, and Medicine.  The city is a major retail shipping point for eastern North Carolina and a wholesale distributing point for the grocery industry.
These companies are based in Raleigh or have significant facilities and operations in the city:
As of the 2000 United States census, there were 276,093 people and 61,371 families residing in Raleigh. Alcatel-Lucent is one of the world's biggest industry players in Telecommunications that provides hardware software and services to Service Providers Enterprises and Progress Energy Inc ( is an energy company based in Raleigh North Carolina, formed in 2000 from the merger of Carolina Power & Light and Florida In Computing, Red Hat Inc ( is a company dedicated to Free and open source software, and a major Linux distribution vendor International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology } ABB, formerly Asea Brown Boveri, is a Multinational corporation headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, operating mainly in the power First Citizens Bank is the largest bank in Trinidad and Tobago. Golden Corral is an American family-style restaurant chain that features a large Buffet and Grill offering 150 hot and cold items a carving RBC Bank, formerly known as RBC Centura, is the US retail banking division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Lenovo Group Limited (,) is China's largest and the world's fourth largest Personal computer manufacturer after Hewlett-Packard and Dell of the U CARQUEST Auto Parts is a chain of auto-supply stores There are over 3400 CARQUEST Auto Parts locations in North America Nortel Networks Corporation () formerly known as Northern Telecom Limited and sometimes known simply as Nortel, is a multinational Telecommunications Martin Marietta Materials ( is in the aggregate, chemical, and Composite material business Eaton Corporation ( is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13 A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density was 2,409. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 2 people per square mile (930. 2/km²). There were 120,699 housing units at an average density of 1,053. 2/sq mi (406. 7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63. 31% White, 27. 80% African American, 0. 36% Native American, 3. 38% Asian, 0. 04% Pacific Islander, 3. 24% of other races, and 1. 88% of two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7. 01% of the population.
There were 112,608 households in the city in 2000, of which 26. The household is the basic unit of analysis in many Social, Microeconomic and Government models 5% included children below the age of 18, 39. 5% were married couples living together, 11. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45. 5% were classified as nonfamily. 33. 1% of all households were individuals living alone, of which 6. 2% were someone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size in Raleigh was 2. 30 persons, and the average family size was 2. 97 persons.
Age-wise, Raleigh's population in 2000 was evenly distributed with 20. 9% below the age of 18, 15. 9% aged 18 to 24, 36. 6% from 25 to 44, and 18. 4% from 45 to 64. An estimated 8. 3% persons were 65 years of age or older, and the median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 98. 0 males. For every 100 females aged 18 or older, there were 96. 6 males aged 18 or older.
The median household income in the city was $46,612, and the median family income was $60,003. Household income is a measure of current private income commonly used by the United States government and private institutions Family income is generally considered a primary measure of a nation's financial prosperity Males earned a median income of $39,248 versus $30,656 for females. The median per-capita income for the city was $25,113. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country An estimated 11. 5% of the population and 7. 1% of families were living below the poverty line in 2000. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country Out of the total population, 13. 8% of those under the age of 18 and 9. 3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
In addition, the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law has announced that it will move to downtown Raleigh from the nearby town of Buies Creek by 2009. DH Hill Library is the main library at North Carolina State University. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Main Campus is the primary Campus of North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, inside the Beltline. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Estey Hall is a historic building on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Shaw University is a private historically black university located in Raleigh North Carolina, USA with its College of Adult Professional Education Peace College Main Building is the focal point of the Peace College Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Peace College is a small liberal arts women's college located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Wake Technical Community College, commonly known as Wake Tech, is a two-year accredited institution of higher education and technical training school is located approximately Meredith College is a liberal arts women's college located in Raleigh North Carolina. Peace College is a small liberal arts women's college located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Shaw University is a private historically black university located in Raleigh North Carolina, USA with its College of Adult Professional Education Saint Augustine's College is a Historically black college located in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. ECPI College of Technology is a private for-profit college that serves students in North Carolina and South Carolina and Virginia through online and on-campus classes The School of Communication Arts ( SCA) is a two-year private for-profit Vocational school located in north Raleigh North Carolina Strayer University, formerly Strayer College of Washington DC Campbell University is a University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, USA. The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law is an American Law school founded in 1976 and located in Buies Creek North Carolina. Buies Creek is a Census-designated place (CDP located in the Neills Creek Township of Harnett County, North Carolina, United States 
Public schools in Raleigh are operated by the Wake County Public School System. The Wake County Public School System is a Public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina. Observers have praised the Wake County Public School System for its innovative efforts to maintain a socially, economically and racial balanced system by using income as a prime factor in assigning students to schools. 
The State of North Carolina provides for a legislated number of charter schools. Charter schools are elementary or secondary schools in the United States that receive public money but These schools are administered independently of the Wake County Public School System. Raleigh is currently home to nine such charter schools:
The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek hosts major international touring acts. The Montessori method is an educational method for children based on theories of Child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952 John Haywood Baker Jr ( June 10 1935 &ndash October 31 2007) nicknamed "Big John" was an American Defensive The Magellan Charter School is a Charter school in Raleigh North Carolina. Raleigh Charter High School is a free independent public school chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Cardinal Gibbons High School is a private, Roman Catholic, Coeducational secondary Day school located in Raleigh, The Seventh-day Adventist (abbreviated " Adventist " Church is a Christian denomination which is distinguished mainly by its observance North Raleigh Christian Academy is a private, Christian, Coeducational primary and secondary Day school located Raleigh Christian Academy is a private, Christian, Coeducational primary and secondary Day school located in best school in the universe The Raleigh School is a non-sectarian elementary Private school in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, serving For the preparatory school in Somerset England see Ravenscroft School (Somerset. St David's School is an independent Episcopal K-12 school in Raleigh, North Carolina that states its mission as "preparing young men St Thomas More Academy (STMA is a private co-educational college preparatory high school operated by Catholic laymen Trinity Academy of Raleigh is a Classical Christian School located in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Art is an Art museum that houses the art collections of North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( NCMNS) is located in Raleigh North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The Raleigh City Museum is a local history museum associated with Raleigh, North Carolina. Marbles Kids Museum is a nonprofit Museum located in Raleigh North Carolina which is aimed at pre-school through elementary school aged children JC Raulston Arboretum is an 8 acre (32000 m² Arboretum and Botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University, and located at 4415 Beryl The Joel Lane House, built between 1760 and 1770 is a historic restored home and museum located in Raleigh North Carolina. The Mordecai House, built in 1785 is a registered historical landmark and museum in Raleigh North Carolina that is the centerpiece of the Mordecai Square Historic Park The Pope House Museum, built in 1901 is a restored home once owned by Dr The Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek is an outdoor Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina that specializes in hosting large Concerts The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts complex houses the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, the Fletcher Opera Theater, the Kennedy Theatre, and the Meymandi Concert Hall. The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the main venue for the Performing arts in Raleigh North Carolina. During the North Carolina State Fair, Dorton Arena hosts headline acts. The North Carolina State Fair is an annual Fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and organized by the North Carolina Department The JS Dorton Arena is a 7610-seat multi-purpose Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on the grounds of the North Carolina State Fair. Theater performances are also offered at the Raleigh Little Theatre, Long View Center, Theatre in the Park, and Stewart Theater at North Carolina State University. Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT is a community theatre in Raleigh North Carolina that produces 11 full productions annually The Long View Center is a historic church building located in the Moore Square Historic District of Raleigh, North Carolina, United States.
Raleigh is home to several professional arts organizations, including the North Carolina Symphony, the Opera Company of North Carolina, the North Carolina Theatre, Broadway Series South, and Carolina Ballet. The North Carolina Symphony is an American orchestra based in Raleigh North Carolina, with sixty-nine full time musicians North Carolina Theatre is a Professional Theatre located in Raleigh North Carolina. Carolina Ballet is a Ballet company. Founded in 1997 Carolina Ballet perfoms primarily in Raleigh, North Carolina, but also performs throughout the state The numerous local colleges and universities significantly add to the options available for viewing live performances.
North Carolina Museum of Art, occupying a large suburban campus on Blue Ridge Road near the State Fairgrounds, houses one of the premier public art collections located between Washington, D. The North Carolina Museum of Art is an Art museum that houses the art collections of North Carolina. C. , and Atlanta. In addition to fine collections of American Art, European Art and ancient art, the museum recently has hosted major exhibitions featuring Auguste Rodin (in 2000) and Claude Monet (in 2006-07), each attracting more than 200,000 visitors. Sculpture of the United States Visual arts of the United States refers to the history of Painting and Visual art in the United States. Also see articles History of painting, Western painting Western Art' redirects here Arts of the ancient world refers to the many types of Art that were in the Cultures of Ancient societies such as those of ancient China, Auguste Rodin (born François-Auguste-René Rodin; November 12 1840–November 17 1917 was a French artist most famous as a sculptor. Claude Monet ( French klod mɔnɛ also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (14 November 1840 &ndash 5 December 1926 was a founder  Unlike most prominent public museums, the North Carolina Museum of Art acquired a large number of the works in its permanent collection through purchases with public funds. The museum's outdoor park is one of the largest such art parks in the country. A sculpture garden is an outdoor garden dedicated to the presentation of Sculpture, usually several permanently-sited works in durable materials in landscaped surroundings The facility is currently undergoing a major expansion, which is scheduled for completion in 2008.
The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes franchise moved to Raleigh in 1997 from Hartford, Connecticut (where it was known as the Hartford Whalers), though the team's first two seasons were played in the nearby city of Greensboro, North Carolina, while its home arena, Raleigh's RBC Center was constructed. This article is about the indoor arena in Raleigh NC For the office tower in Toronto Ontario see RBC Centre. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional Ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Connecticut ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The Hartford Whalers were an American professional Ice hockey team based in Hartford Connecticut. This article is about the indoor arena in Raleigh NC For the office tower in Toronto Ontario see RBC Centre. The Carolina Railhawks of the United Soccer Leagues also play in neighboring suburban Cary. Carolina RailHawks is an American professional Soccer team founded in 2006 History In 1996 the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues established the new Select League consisting of its strongest teams from its professional FIFA
The Hurricanes are the only major league (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB) professional sports team in North Carolina to have won a championship, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, over the Edmonton Oilers. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Stanley Cup (La Coupe Stanley is an Ice hockey club championship Trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL playoffs champion Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The Edmonton Oilers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to the arrival of the Carolina Hurricanes, several other professional sports leagues had failed franchises in Raleigh including the Arena Football League, the World League of American Football, the United States Basketball League with the Raleigh Cougars, and the Women's United Soccer Association (in nearby Cary). The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional Ice hockey team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Arena Football League (AFL was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. The World League of American Football (WLAF was founded in 1990 with support from the National Football League to play professional American football in The Raleigh Cougars was a United States Basketball League team based in Raleigh North Carolina from 1997 to 1999. The Carolina Courage women's soccer team also won a professional championship, the Founders Cup in 2002. The Carolina Courage were a professional Soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association.
The Research Triangle region has hosted the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Nationwide Tour Rex Hospital Open since 1994, with the current location of play at Raleigh's Wakefield Plantation. The Nationwide Tour is the developmental tour for the US-based PGA Tour, and features Professional golfers who have either failed to score well enough Rex Hospital Open is a regular Golf tournament on the Nationwide Tour. Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar)
The North Carolina Tigers, an Australian Rules football club in the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) and competing in the Eastern Australian Football League (EAFL), are based in Raleigh. The United States Australian Football League (also known informally as the USAFL or US Footy) is the governing body for Australian rules football Australian (rules football, or simply known as football, footy or Aussie rules, is a Team sport played between two teams of 18 players The United States Australian Football League (also known informally as the USAFL or US Footy) is the governing body for Australian rules football The Eastern Australian Football League is an Australian rules football competition in the Eastern United States of America and a division of the United States
Raleigh is also home to the Carolina Rollergirls, an all-women flat-track roller derby team that is a competing member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). in January 2004 the Carolina Rollergirls known as CRG or Carolina Roller Derby Inc The Carolina Rollergirls compete at the North Carolina State Fairground's Dorton Arena. The JS Dorton Arena is a 7610-seat multi-purpose Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on the grounds of the North Carolina State Fair.
The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of leisure opportunities at more than 150 sites throughout the city: 8,100 acres (33 km²) of park land, 54 miles (87 km) of greenway, 22 staffed community centers, a BMX championship-caliber race track, 112 tennis courts among 25 locations, 5 public lakes, and 8 public swimming facilities. A greenway is a long narrow piece of land often used for recreation and pedestrian and bicycle traffic and sometimes including multiple transportation ( Streetcar, Light BMX ( Bicycle Motocross) is a form of Cycling on specially designed bicycles which usually have 20 inch wheels
The J. C. Raulston Arboretum, a part of North Carolina State University, houses an impressive year-round botanical collection and is open free to the public. JC Raulston Arboretum is an 8 acre (32000 m² Arboretum and Botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University, and located at 4415 Beryl North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Botany, plant science(s, phytology, or plant biology is a branch of Biology and is the scientific study of plant Life
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (IATA: RDU, ICAO: KRDU, FAA LID: RDU) is located northwest of downtown Raleigh via Interstate-40 between Raleigh and Durham, serves the city and greater Research Triangle metropolitan region, as well as much of eastern North Carolina. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located nine miles (14 An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many The ICAO (ˌaɪˌkeɪˈoʊ Airport code or location indicator is a four-letter Alphanumeric Code designating each airport around The Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation with authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of A location identifier is a symbolic representation for the name and the location of an Airport, navigation aid, or Weather station, and is used for manned Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County It is a focus airport for American Airlines and a hub for American Eagle Airlines. American Airlines Inc (AA is a US -based airline and the world's Largest airline in total passenger miles transported and passenger fleet size American Eagle Airlines Inc is a regional Airline based in Fort Worth, Texas, United States which began as an afflilation of The airport offers service to more than 45 domestic and international destinations and serves approximately 10 million passengers a year.  The airport is currently tripling the size of Terminal C, planned for completion in 2010.
See NCDOT ByTrain for more information.
Public transportation in and around Raleigh is provided by the CAT, Capital Area Transit (CAT), which operates 37 bus fixed routes and an historic trolley line within the city, and the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA), which offers scheduled, fixed-route regional and commuter bus service between Raleigh and the metropolitan area's other principal cities of Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill (where TTA connects with the respective local urban transit systems), as well as to and from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Research Triangle Park and several of the region's larger suburban communities. Raleigh CAT, or Capital Area Transit operates 37 public transit routes to serve the city of Raleigh North Carolina. The Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority which is known by the name Triangle Transit (formerly Triangle Transit Authority or TTA provides regional Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located nine miles (14 Research Triangle Park ( RTP) is the largest Research park in the United States
Raleigh city planners, in conjunction with other government agencies throughout the metropolitan area, currently are conducting a feasibility study on whether or not to construct a light rail and/or commuter rail system for the Research Triangle region. " Feasibility Study " is also the title of an episode from The Outer Limits television show For specific light rail systems many of which use the words "light rail" as part of their name see List of light-rail transit systems. Commuter rail, regional rail or suburban rail is a Passenger rail transport service between a city center and outer suburbs and Commuter towns  An attempt was made to gain support for such a proposal earlier in the decade, however in 2006 the TTA announced those plans had been placed on indefinite hold due to a lack of local funds and a recommended denial by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to Congress for matching federal funding. The Federal Transit Administration ( FTA) is an agency within the United States Department of Transportation (DOT that provides financial and technical assistance  The Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC) has proposed raising the local sales tax by a half cent to fund the project.  The STAC estimates the population of the Triangle region will double in size over the next 20 to 25 years, and that rail transit is among the solutions to the inevitable continued increase in traffic volumes and congestion due to the region's burgeoning population growth and continuing sprawl. 
The mountains-to-the-sea North Carolina Bicycle Route 2 travels through the city of Raleigh, as does the Maine-to-Florida U.S. Bicycle Route 1. North Carolina Bicycle Route 2 - The Mountains to the Sea. Running 700 miles from Murphy in the western mountains to Manteo on the Atlantic coast this The State of Maine ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the US Bicycle Route 1 (often called US Bike Route 1) is a cross-country Bicycle route that runs the length of the United States eastern seaboard from North Carolina Bicycle Route 5, the Cape Fear run, connects nearby suburban Apex to the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and closely parallels the route of the Randonneurs USA (RUSA) 600km brevet route. North Carolina Bicycle Route 5, the Cape Fear Run, travels 160 miles along the Cape Fear River from Apex through the southeast coastal plain to Wilmington Wilmington is a city in and the County seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. Randonneurs USA or RUSA is the Audax Club Parisien -approved brevet coordinating organization for the United States. In the UK and US military brevet referred to a warrant authorizing a Commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily but usually without receiving .
Most public buses are equipped with bicycle racks, and some roads have dedicated bicycle-only lanes. Bicyclists also may use Raleigh's extensive greenway system, with trails throughout the city.
There are several newspapers and periodicals that serve the Raleigh market:
Raleigh is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville Designated Market Area, the 28th largest broadcast television market in the United States. Independent Weekly is a Tabloid -format Alternative weekly published in Durham North Carolina and is distributed throughout the Fayetteville is a city located in Cumberland County, North Carolina. A media market, broadcast market, media region, designated market area, DMA or simply market is a region where the Population The following stations are licensed to Raleigh and/or have significant operations in the city:
Raleigh is home to the Research Triangle Region bureau of the regional cable news channel News 14 Carolina. News 14 Carolina is a 24-hour news service offered in North Carolina, USA, by Time Warner Cable.
The Raleigh region hosted North Carolina's first online television station, RTP-TV (Research Triangle Park Television), which broadcasted news and programs of regional interest over the Internet until ceasing operations in 2006.
Raleigh is twinned with several cities: