Raleigh City - North Carolina Capital
The capital of the State of North Carolina
is what is popularly known as the "City of Oaks", Raleigh, as county
seat of the Wake County also has portions of its territory in the Durham
County. It is next to Charlotte for being the most populous city in
North Carolina, with approximately 375,000 residents. It also placed
itself as fifteenth fastest growing city in the United States. Raleigh,
together with Chapel Hill and Durham, forms the Research Triangle
metropolitan region after the establishment of the Research Triangle
Park in 1959.
The seven geographic areas of Raleigh
include the Old, East, West, North, Midtown, South and Southeast
Raleigh. The historical treasures of the city can be seen at the Old
Raleigh. One of its historic structures includes Sir Walter Raleigh
Hotel, the oldest surviving hotel in the city and was constructed
between 1923 and1924. The Fayetteville Street which connects the State
Capitol to the Raleigh Convention Center and a number of other
neighborhoods including Country Club Hills, Coley Forest, Belvidere Park
and Historic Oakwood are also in the Old Raleigh. Located near
Interstate 440 or Raleigh Beltline is East Raleigh where the
neighborhoods include New Hope, Wilder's Grove and Brentwood.
West Raleigh in Hillsborough Street, a
source for social life among students from North Carolina State
University and Meredith College, is also home for such establishments
and landmarks such as Pullen Park, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church,
Cameron Village and North Carolina Museum of Art. North Raleigh on the
other hand is a fast-growing suburban area and has been popular for
having an almost Class A population, with most of the neighborhoods
housed in newly built subdivisions. North Raleigh also has large
Midtown Raleigh was once part of the North Raleigh. It is bordered by
Lead Mine Road (West), Wake Forest Road (East) and Milbrook Road
(North). Among its popular landmarks include the North Hills Mall, the
first enclosed mall in Raleigh, and Crabtree Valley Mall, the largest
enclosed mall in the Research Triangle, at 1,300,000 square feet. The
least developed area is the South Raleigh.
It also has the least dense population.
Among its neighborhoods include Lake Wheeler, Riverbrooke and Enchanted
Oaks. Southeast Raleigh is bordered by downtown on the west, Garner on
the southwest and the rural area of Wake County. The Rock Quarry Road is
where the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion is located and is one of the
region's most popular concert venues.
Raleigh's inclusion in the Research Triangle reflects that its
population one of the most highly-educated one, most of which coming
from public universities like the North Carolina State University and
Wake Technical Community College and other private educational
institutions. Raleigh's museums: North Carolina Museum of Art, North
Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of History
and others are just validation of their care for culture, performing
arts and the visual arts.