Triangle Area Facts
Climate, History, Population and More North Carolina’s capital city is located in the heart of the state’s Triangle region and minutes from Research Triangle Park. Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the world, is known for R&D in fields such as biotechnology, chemicals and telecommunications. RTP is home more than 100 companies developing innovative solutions to pressing global issues. These companies include IBM Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nortel Networks, Sony Ericsson and others. Wake County is part of the fastest-growing metropolitan area in North Carolina and has grown almost 50% over the last decade with a population of almost 750,000. The county is made up of 12 communities; Raleigh, the largest city in Wake County, is a bustling center for business, health care and education in the state and the region. It is home to excellent institutions of higher learning including NC State University. Raleigh blends the fun and excitement of a big city with the charm and hospitality a small Southern town. Raleigh is situated midway between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, so beautiful North Carolina beaches and mountains are never more than a two to three-hour drive away. Great Video from the Today Show about Raleigh, NC being one of the 10 Housing Markets Ready To Rebound!
Facts About Raleigh and The Triangle Population: Raleigh: July 2007: 375,806; Wake County: July 2007: 832,970; Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill MSA — 1.2 million
2008 Cost of Living Index: 88.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Size: Raleigh : 110.5 square miles; Wake County: 833.92 Geography: 434 feet above sea level, Raleigh lies in east-central North Carolina, where the hilly Piedmont region meets the flat coastal plain.
Climate: Summers range from the mid-60’s to the mid-80’s; fall averages in the 70’s; Winters hit the high 20’s to mid 50’s. Average Annual Temp. (°F) — 71 (h), 50 (l) Average January Temperature: 40 degrees F Average July Temperature: 79 degrees F Mean annual rainfall (inches): 44.23. Average Annual Precipitation: 41.8 inches Average Annual Snowfall (inches) — 4.5 Avg. Relative Humidity (%) — 71.3
Distance To Major Cities (in miles): Asheville — 241 Atlanta — 424 Charlotte — 143 Chicago — 784 Nashville — 515 New York — 489 Orlando — 588 Washington, D.C. — 251 Wilmington, N.C. — 123
Airport: The Raleigh-Durham International Airport, or RDU, is located just 20 minutes away from downtown Raleigh in western Wake County off I-40.
History: Raleigh was founded in 1792 as North Carolina’s capital city. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of the new world in the 1580s. You want a knowledgeable Raleigh REALTOR to help make navigating the Raleigh real estate market easier. That’s where I can help! Contact us, NC Real Estate Advocates, your Raleigh real estate expert, today to begin your Raleigh home buying process!