Raleigh is the inspiring capital of North Carolina. Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” due to its oak trees which line the streets in the city proper. Another nickname is “Triangle”due to the job creating and sustaining area known as Research Triangle Park which is located in Durham and Wake Counties. Raleigh is the seat of Wake County.
North Carolina had other capitals until Raleigh was chosen and became the capital in 1788. It was named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who was an English writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. Raleigh was a planned city. After the Civil War many African Americans moved to Raleigh. The American south’s first African-American college, Shaw University, began having classes in 1865.
Raleigh has a humid subtropical climate. Winters are short and cool. Freezing rain, sleet, and ice can be a problem. It rains throughout the year, although July is the wettest month. Summers are hot and humid. Fall and spring are transitional, although spring is the driest season in Raleigh. Drought and hurricanes can occur in the summer or fall. Tornados have been known to occur as well.
Several religions are practiced by residents. There are many cultural resources, including multiple museums and performing arts venues. Raleigh is known for visual arts as well. The city has received several awards for its quality of life and business climate. Raleigh is known for NCAA sports, NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, other collegiate and amateur sports. The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department has over 150 sites throughout the city. Bicycle and Pedestrian routes are throughout the city as well.
Raleigh is known for high-tech and biotech research, as well as, the textile industry. The top three employers are the State of North Carolina, Wake County Public School System, and Red Hat, a multinational software company. Raleigh does major retail shipping and wholesale grocery distribution. Raleigh is known for businesses, careers, and its intellectual community.
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