Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh was chosen as the site for the capital of the US state of North Carolina in 1788. It is an early example of a planned city and was incorporated in 1792. The city is named after British explorer and statesman Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County. The Roanoke Colony eventually merged with local Native American tribes.
Today, Raleigh has garnered the nickname of the ‘City of Oaks’ due to the many oak trees, which line the streets in the city proper. In 2013, the US Census Bureau estimated the city’s population to be 431,746 people. The Raleigh Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was estimated to have a population of 1,214,516 that same year. Raleigh is also part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2,037,430 people.
This combined statistical area is often referred to as the ‘Research Triangle Region’. This region got its name from the 1959 completion of Research Triangle Park, located in Durham & Wake Counties between North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2013, Forbes magazine named the city of Raleigh as the third best city in the nation for businesses and careers. The area is home to companies such as BB&T Insurance Services, Capitol Broadcasting Company, CARQUEST, First Citizens BancShares, Golden Corral, Martin Marietta Materials, and Red Hat.
The city’s largest employer, according to a 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, was the State of North Carolina. They employ 24,739 people. Wake County Public School System employs 17,572 people. Other prominent employers in Raleigh include North Carolina State University, WakeMed, and Rex Hospital.
Raleigh is bursting with cultural landmarks. The Downtown area serves as the home for the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Originally opened in 1932, the Progress Energy Center features three theater venues and houses the North Carolina Symphony and the Carolina Ballet. In 1991, the City of Raleigh built the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, which is an outdoor venue specializing in large concerts. It is located just outside the city on the west bank of Walnut Creek. It has the seating capacity for about 6,847 people, while the open lawn can fit another 13,653 people.
Near the North Caroline State Fairgrounds sits the North Carolina Museum of Art, which maintains one of the premier public art collections between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The museum has an outdoor park, one of the largest art parks in the US.
North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack has two major teams. Their football team has been around since 1892 and plays their home games at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack’s NCAA men’s basketball team was established in 1911 and has two titles to their name. They play in PNC Arena. The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes also play in PNC Arena. They have won one Stanley Cup. The NASL’s Carolina RailHawks play in WakeMed Soccer Park, while Single-A baseball’s Carolina Mudcats play at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats have won 8 titles in their league.
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