Not only is Raleigh the capital of North Carolina, but it is also the state’s second largest city. Known as the City of Oaks, due in part to the number of oak trees downtown, the city is becoming a major business and cultural hub. With a population close to 500,000 people, if you move to Raleigh, you will be in good company. People are moving there in droves, thanks to a cost of living just slightly higher than the national average, low home and rent prices, a busting economy and great weather.
The main mode of transportation in Raleigh is car; however, there is still a public transportation system. GoRaleigh and the Transportation Authority make it cheap (tickets are only about $1 per ride) and easy to get around via bus. If you plan to frequently travel via bus, consider purchasing a pass to save some money.
Weather is a huge selling point for Raleigh. The average temperature is 70 degrees, and it has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are humid and very warm. Winters are mild, but cold, and rarely see more a day or two of very light snow. Fall and spring bring plenty of warmer weather to the region, so you mostly only need light layers and a lightweight pair of boots to be set here.
Thanks to its location in Durham and Wake Counties, Raleigh is close to the action. Businesses abound in Research Triangle Park, so jobs are abundant. Durham is home to Duke and the top-notch Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, but there is so much to do in Raleigh that you may never want to leave. Take in a NC State game and stay for the tailgate. Go walking on the Greenway or in a state park and experience an oasis in a bustling city. Enjoy a Cookout tray and plenty of Cheerwine after a long walk or jog. If your family is moving with you, they will love the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Marbles Kids Museum. Do not miss the State Fair. Catch a show at the Red Hat Amphitheater, chow down on some barbeque and catch a game at the PNC Arena, all in the same day. Raleigh offers something for cultural enthusiasts and sports fans alike.
Moving to the Southeast, and Raleigh, in particular, will feel like a dream. Experience Southern hospitality at its finest, more warm days than not and plenty of culture in a city that costs much less to live in than Chicago, Boston, Seattle, New York and San Francisco. It is a win-win, and the perfect way to get used to the Tar Heel State.