Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 449,894 people and 100 constituent neighborhoods, Raleigh is the second largest community in North Carolina.

Raleigh real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Raleigh house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Raleigh is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Raleigh is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Raleigh who work in office and administrative support (12.44%), sales jobs (12.28%), and management occupations (11.94%).

Also of interest is that Raleigh has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of the large cities in America, Raleigh is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 0.84% of people in Raleigh drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Raleigh, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

Raleigh is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.18% of adults in Raleigh have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Raleigh in 2010 was $31,708, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,832 for a family of four. However, Raleigh contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Raleigh is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Raleigh home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Raleigh residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Raleigh also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Raleigh include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Raleigh is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.