Per Money Magazine, Raleigh has just been named one of the top ten big cities to live in right now! If you’re thinking of relocating to the Raleigh area, there are so many reasons to say yes!
Raleigh is a jobs hotspot: Moody’s Analytics projects the area’s jobs will grow 9.6% by 2022. Forbes this year ranked Raleigh among the top 10 cities for jobs, owing in part to its 17.25% job growth over the past five years. And people are flocking to the capital city as there’s been a 13% increase in population since 2010, per Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live database. With an average sales tax of 7.25% and average property taxes at $2,632, the city’s cost of living is relatively low compared with other big cities on Money’s list.
Raleigh has earned the nickname the Smithsonian of the South due to its many museums. The North Carolina Museum of History delves in the state’s past, and along with its next door neighbor, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has free admission. Stroll through the beautiful North Carolina Museum of Art which is perfect for a date night out or a day with the family. Or check out the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh), the only non-collecting contemporary art museum in the state.
Kids will have a blast at Marbles Kids Museum, where they can imagine, discover and learn in dozens of hands-on exhibits and educational programs, plus take in a larger-than-life movie at the Marbles IMAX. The City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum) features exhibits on Raleigh’s history. The museum is housed in the 1874 Briggs Building, which retains many of its original features, including the tin ceiling in the museum gallery.
In addition, Raleigh is home to 12 traditional universities and colleges and numerous satellite campuses and for-profit institutions of higher education, making the area rich in educational opportunities. Among the traditional colleges are North Carolina State University, a major research center; a private women's college; a law school; three seminaries; and two historically black universities.
As one of the three "corners" of the Research Triangle region, Raleigh's academic research network is marked by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and by Duke University and North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. All of these N.C. universities are within a 45-minute commute of each other and from the Research Triangle Park (RTP), one of the nation's largest and most prestigious R&D business parks (located in Durham and Wake counties).
Cary, North Raleigh and Wake Forest are among some of the great areas to live in while being close to both Raleigh and RTP! Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater hosts various events including outdoor concerts, family fun movies, and the annual Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival. Downtown Cary is a quaint, picturesque area that holds celebrations for holidays and brings the community together on spring and summer nights. North Raleigh has convenient access to downtown Raleigh, major highways and access to shopping like North Hills and Lafayette Village. Wake Forest has a charming downtown and small town feel with lots of history, culture and local events. The downtown Wake Forest Farmers Market is open yearly and offers local cheeses, fruits, soaps and other great gifts.
Robuck Design Build creates luxury custom homes in Cary’s Copperleaf Glen, North Raleigh’s Miravalle and Avalaire and in Waterstone Reserve in Wake Forest. If you’re ready to say yes to Raleigh, visit our available new homes and see more about the communities we build in!