Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, situated in Wake County, is a city made up of 144.8 square miles.

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The city, which is nicknamed the City of Oaks, is the capital of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County.  

The city was named in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh was incorporated in 1792.  

Raleigh is home to what was the first college for African Americans in Shaw University, which was opened in 1865.  

The City has a history of natural disaster. Raleigh was hit by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, which caused damage to the city.  

Nearly $100 of damage was done to the city upon the outbreak of several tornadoes in the city in 1988. In 2011, the town was hit by an EF-3 tornado, causing tremendous damage while taking several lives.


The median resident age in Raleigh is 33 years. The median estimated household income is about $57,000 making it about $9,000 more than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $33,000. The average price for a home in Raleigh is about $227,000 (2015) which is $67,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Raleigh is 53% White, 29% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 16% other. 91% of the population are high school graduates, with 49% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

43% are married, 10% are divorced, 3% are separated, 3% are widowed, leaving 41% that have never been married.

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Wake County

Raleigh belongs to Wake County in the central part of North Carolina. The county was named after Margaret Wake. Wake County has a population of 1,025,000 and its largest city Raleigh, with a population of 538,000, is the county seat.

The area that now makes up modern day Wake County used to be part of the Tuscarora nation. In 1771, the Wake County was formed from parts of Johnston, Orange, and Cumberland counties. The first courthouse in the county was built in modern day Bloomsbury, but then was a village known as Wake Courthouse. The first elections were in held in 1771, and a militia was formed.

Wake County borders Granville, Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Harnett, Chatham, and Durham counties.

Wake County is made up of 857 square miles. 835 of which is land with the remaining 22 as water.


The population of Raleigh, NC is about 520. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Raleigh, NC is 315 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Raleigh, NC are 27511, 27518, 27529, 27545, 27560, 27587, 27591, 27601, 27603, 27604, 27605, 27606, 27607, 27608, 27609, 27610, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615, 27616, 27617, and 27703.

Area Code

The area codes for Raleigh, NC are 919 and 984.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Raleigh and Wake County have voted mostly Republican, with 51% going to George W. Bush during the 2004 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections, but the area has been voting more Democrat since 2008.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 35% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 11%.


The unemployment rate for Raleigh is about 4% (2015), making it less than the state average of around 5%. Sales, management, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The News Observer and Carolinian News are the primary newspapers that cover the Wake County area.


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