Posted in: Living Posted on: Dec 30th, 2015

A Quick Guide to Life in Raleigh, NC

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The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is the second most populated city in the state. As of 2014, nearly half a million people call the city home. Along with being a heavily populated city, Raleigh has also distinguished itself as a city full of trees, leading to its nickname "The City of Oaks." People living in apartments in Raleigh, NC tend to be drawn to the area because of its numerous universities, research centers, and business activity. It was named as the best place for businesses and careers in 2015 by Forbes magazine.

Getting Around

From planes to trains to automobiles, Raleigh is a pretty easy city to get around in. It's served by the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which has flights to 35 international and domestic locations. The Raleigh Train Station is one of the busiest stations in the South for Amtrak. Each day, four passenger train lines travel in and out of the station, which travel up to New York City or south to Miami.

Capital Area Transit provides public transportation in and around the city via bus. Cash fare on the bus is $1.25, or $2.50 for a day pass. Regular commuters can invest in a 7-day pass for $12 or a 31-day pass for $45.

Raleigh is also a big bicycling city. The League of American Bicyclists named it a Bike Friendly Community in 2011. Along with several US Bicycle Routes stretching through the town, the city also has a complex greenway system, with trails designed for both cyclists and pedestrians stretching across the city.

Area Highlights

Raleigh is part of the Research Triangle, a trio of cities that includes Chapel Hill and Durham. The Triangle earned its name because of Research Triangle Park, which is home to several tech and scientific companies, as well as because of the number of research-focused universities in the region. The city is home to a number of public and private colleges, including North Carolina State University, William Peace University, St. Augustine, and Montreat College.

Things to Do

Whether you enjoy arts, sports, or other cultural programs, Raleigh is full of things to do. The Carolina Hurricanes, an NHL hockey team, and the only team in NC to take home a championship title, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, call the city home. There is also a North American Soccer League team, the Carolina Railhawks, and a single-A minor league baseball team, the Carolina Mudcats. The city is also home to a number of college sports teams, such as the NC State Wolfpack, which has football, men's baseball, and men's basketball teams.

Theatre in the Park has been a major player in the city's performing arts history since 1947. Performances take place in the National Guard Armory, located in Pullen Park. The theater company is known for an annual production of A Christmas Carol, which it has transformed into a musical comedy. Every year, since 1974, the role of Ebenezer Scrooge has been played by Ira David Wood III, who created the adaptation and who serves as the artistic director for the company.