Raleigh 74 Excellent
Raleigh Livability #86 ranked city in North Carolina#7,171 ranked city in the USARanks better than 75% of areas
A+ Raleigh Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Raleigh Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than North Carolina
100same as the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Raleigh cost of living
C- Raleigh Crime Total crime is 9% lower than North Carolina
Total crime
2,4133% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 423% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
18%Year over year crime is up
Raleigh crime
C Raleigh Employment Household income is 22% higher than North Carolina
Median household income
$58,6416% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,68213% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Raleigh employment
B- Raleigh Housing Home value is 39% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$218,20018% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9662% higher than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Raleigh real estate or Raleigh rentals
C- Raleigh Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%2% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Raleigh K-12 schools
D+ Raleigh User Ratings There are a total of 59 ratings in Raleigh
Overall user rating
59% 59 total ratings
User reviews rating
46% 25 total reviews
User surveys rating
80% 34 total surveys
all Raleigh poll results

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      Living in Raleigh, NC

      Raleigh is a big city located in the state of North Carolina. The city has a population of 441,326 people. In Raleigh, there are 3,042 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. With an average age of 33 years old, Raleigh could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Raleigh, North Carolina. To help you find the best places to live in and around Raleigh, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, education and more.

      The livability score in Raleigh is 78/100 and the city is ranked in the 90th percentile of all cities across America. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Raleigh could be a great choice! Raleigh also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Raleigh ranks well for amenities (A+), weather (B-) and housing (B-). There are some categories that Raleigh does not rank well for, including: cost of living (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Raleigh, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: North Carolina Museum of Art, Museum of Natural Sciences, and Pullen Park.

      The Raleigh unemployment rate (1.33%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Raleigh. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Raleigh are affordable. The median home price for Raleigh homes is $218,200, which is 38.9% higher than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Raleigh, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 12.1% higher than the North Carolina average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Raleigh area were 5.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.8%.

      Raleigh transportation information

      StatisticRaleighNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute23min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.6%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.5%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.0%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.8%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home6.3%4.8%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Raleigh, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).