Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh is a large city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 463,492 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 86.57% 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 (12.50%), management occupations (12.17%), and sales jobs (12.13%).

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.

Raleigh is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Raleigh is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Raleigh is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 84.48% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Raleigh. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Raleigh landscape.

Raleigh is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.96% 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 $35,094, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,376 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 10.95% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Raleigh include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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